morphing

[ mawr-fing ]
/ ˈmɔr fɪŋ /

noun

the smooth transformation of one image into another by computer, as in a motion picture.

Nearby words

  1. morpheus,
  2. morphia,
  3. morphic,
  4. morphic resonance,
  5. morphine,
  6. morphinic,
  7. morphinism,
  8. morphinomania,
  9. morpho,
  10. morpho-

Origin of morphing

First recorded in 1985–90

morph

[ mawrf ]
/ mɔrf /

noun

Linguistics. a sequence of phonemes constituting a minimal unit of grammar or syntax, and, as such, a representation, member, or contextual variant of a morpheme in a specific environment.Compare allomorph(def 2).
Biology. an individual of one particular form, as a worker ant, in a species that occurs in two or more forms.

verb (used with object)

to transform (an image) by computer.

verb (used without object)

to be transformed: morphing from a tough negotiator to Mr. Friendly.

Origin of morph

1945–50; back formation from morpheme, or independent use of -morph

Related formsmor·phic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for morphing

morphing

/ (ˈmɔːfɪŋ) /

noun

a computer technique used for graphics and in films, in which one image is gradually transformed into another image without individual changes being noticeable in the process

Word Origin for morphing

C20: from metamorphosis

morph

1
/ (mɔːf) /

noun

linguistics the phonological representation of a morpheme

Word Origin for morph

C20: shortened form of morpheme

morph

2
/ (mɔːf) /

noun

biology any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species

Word Origin for morph

C20: from Greek morphē shape

morph

3
/ (mɔːf) /

verb

to undergo or cause to undergo morphing
to transform or be transformed completely in appearance or characterhe morphed from nerd into pop icon

noun

a morphed image
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Word Origin and History for morphing

morph

as a noun, in biology, 1955; as a verb, in cinematic special effects, c.1987, short for metamorphosis. Related: Morphed; morphing. Earlier it was a slang shortening of morphine (1912).

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Science definitions for morphing

morph

[ môrf ]

A phenotypically distinct form of an organism or species.
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