Definition of metamorphic in English:



  • 1Geology
    Denoting or relating to rock that has undergone transformation by heat, pressure, or other natural agencies, e.g. in the folding of strata or the nearby intrusion of igneous rocks.

    ‘metamorphic gneisses’
    • ‘Most of these are on igneous and metamorphic rock to minimize groundwater losses.’
    • ‘Paleoproterozoic igneous and metamorphic rocks along with Paleozoic sedimentary rocks make up the basement complex of the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado.’
    • ‘Corundum occurs as an accessory mineral in some metamorphic rocks, such as mica schist, gneiss, and crystalline limestone.’
    • ‘The contacts between the complex and the Archaean metamorphic rocks are intrusive.’
    • ‘The basement of the Precordillera and Chilenia terranes are Grenville-age igneous and metamorphic rocks.’
  • 2Of or marked by metamorphosis.

    ‘the supermodels' metamorphic ability to bend their looks’
    • ‘However, a little-known, non-invasive practice called the metamorphic technique can be learned in just a few hours, and is a valuable skill for life.’
    • ‘Carl was born in the Netherlands in 1898 and died in 1972, but his distorted, repetitive and metamorphic artwork continues to inspire people and fascinated the pupils.’
    • ‘The actor's metamorphic performance, meanwhile, took on the concept of acting itself.’
    • ‘What makes him cool is his metamorphic properties.’
    • ‘As reported earlier, there is a sect among the spider group that has metamorphic ability.’
    • ‘Her nose was buried so deeply into a book on metamorphic abilities; she did not hear the knock at the large cedar double doors, which led into the library from the great hall.’
    • ‘In Julie's case, she will be able to combine both her love for the metamorphic technique with her farming role.’
    • ‘Her biomorphic forms are more metamorphic, suggesting growth and regeneration, as well as body metaphors.’
    • ‘Like his metamorphic music, Stochansky's own life is abound with steady shifts and controlled chaos.’
    • ‘Pune's metamorphic rise should enthuse other Governments to compete with it.’


Early 19th century: from meta- (denoting a change of condition) + Greek morphē ‘form’ + -ic.