Main definitions of morph in English

: morph1morph2

morph1

verb

  • 1Change smoothly from one image to another by small gradual steps using computer animation techniques.

    [with object] ‘the characters can be morphed on screen’
    • ‘The system is morphing faster than the program can track, but I'm eliminating the unnecessary code strings.’
    • ‘In between are funny images of various world leaders morphing into monkeys, devils or pigs.’
    • ‘It started out as a thriller, morphed into action and towards the end tried to be a comedy.’
    • ‘The solution was a special effect known as morphing, in which the transitions are visually seamless.’
    • ‘It looks to me like this silliness is rather quickly morphing into being both destructive and self-defeating.’
    • ‘Right before my eyes she was morphing into the girl I had first met.’
    • ‘He has morphed a quirky novel into an enthralling, tender and, crucially, fun piece of cinema.’
    • ‘It shows a kite morphing into a ship that sails from a river to the sea and changes into a magnificent galleon, then back into a kite.’
    • ‘The child smirked, morphing in a blink to a tall dark-haired man.’
    • ‘They were no longer the shape of humans, but had been morphed into huge indescribable creatures.’
    • ‘Disgusted with his mother's affairs, Walt is dangerously close to morphing into a younger version of his father.’
    • ‘Within the space of a few pages, the comedian morphs from an ambitious, uncaring party animal into a remorseful, spiritual outcast.’
    • ‘The image morphed to show a snow covered street, facing some kind of large store.’
    • ‘Mortis knew she was caught when the small cat smoothly morphed into a woman.’
    • ‘The screen gets all blurry; when it clears up, the chimp has morphed into a man in a cheap gorilla suit.’
    • ‘The video shows the portraits from the wall seamlessly morphing into an unending and hypnotic sequence of heads.’
    • ‘Beautifully filmed, it opens in slow motion on windswept dunes before morphing into shots of an inner-city house.’
    • ‘Suddenly his face morphs completely and he bursts out laughing.’
    • ‘But what was once a sleepy Bohemian beach town is rapidly morphing into an upscale resort destination.’
    • ‘Art changes as it develops, sometimes morphing into shapes almost unrecognizable from its origins.’
    1. 1.1Undergo or cause to undergo a gradual process of transformation.
      [no object] ‘the cute moppet has morphed into the moody moll of the indie world’
      • ‘In the Middle East right now, violent clashes are morphing into a war of words.’
      • ‘The freedom to flow with your own hair means that updos are morphing into a dizzying array of optional styles.’
      • ‘Morphing the platonic into the romantic can offer a very strong foundation for a partnership.’
      • ‘The open reading morphed into a reading by a group called Lit!’
      • ‘They had really morphed into more of an organized crime operation.’
      • ‘A wacky, black-comic interlude has morphed with appalling speed into a potential bloodbath.’
      • ‘Even cities laid out on a rigid grid by the Romans had often morphed into irregular streets by the Middle Ages.’
      • ‘We have over 400 pages which are constantly morphing.’
      • ‘The reality is, the Celtics have morphed into the Magic - a one-star team with an awful surrounding cast.’
      • ‘Over the decades, the net has morphed into something rather different a system for interacting with those whom you already know.’
      • ‘The reason for going to Iraq has morphed from imminent threat to long-term change.’
      • ‘He recounted how within a week his identity morphed from rock fan, to Londoner to Muslim.’
      • ‘A single element could be morphed into a quilt of many colors.’
      • ‘Artistically, Williams is morphing at a most impressive rate.’
      • ‘Eventually, these widely disseminated, narrowly defined warnings created greater levels of fear, which over time morphed into general anxiety.’
      • ‘The former hurricane Ophelia has morphed back into a tropical storm.’
      • ‘These days, business continuity is morphing into information availability, explains McAnally.’
      • ‘I don't think they get enough credit for what they have morphed into.’
      • ‘Anti-Americanism in the mid-east, on the other hand, has morphed into hatred.’
      • ‘The three actors all deliver superb performances morphing between characters with seamless ease.’

noun

  • 1An image that has been morphed.

    • ‘The sounds ushering from the two morphs on the screen weren't any better, though, and he couldn't block those out.’
    • ‘The digital morph can also play an important role in the sound dimension of the text.’
    1. 1.1An instance of morphing an image.
      • ‘A discrete morph can be thought of as an animation starting from the initial object and ending with the final object after a given number of the intermediate objects.’
      • ‘There's some stunning works, and an intriguing computer morph that shows how depictions of the Lord's face have changed over time.’
      • ‘Loop format is especially suitable in the case of the author using digital morphs to program a text so that it progresses from one verse to another.’
      • ‘But, you know, I would play the entire action, that the other actor did, so that they could choose when and where, in post-production, the morph was going to start.’
      • ‘I expect if I was at school now I would be doing the project on the PC and could create an animation in which the morph occurs in one fluid movement.’

Origin

1990s: element from metamorphosis.

Pronunciation:

morph

/mɔːf/

Main definitions of morph in English

: morph1morph2

morph2

noun

  • 1Linguistics
    An actual linguistic form.

    ‘the present participle in English is always the morph ‘-ing’’
    • ‘When it deals with morphs and morphemes, morphology is known as morphemics.’
  • 2Biology
    Each of several variant forms of an animal or plant.

    • ‘Analysis of heterochronic processes associated with sexual dimorphism requires the arbitrary choice of a reference morph in the dimorphic pair.’
    • ‘The four females seen mating during two nesting attempts all remated with the same morph.’
    • ‘Starch was not detected in the pollen of any morph.’
    • ‘Juveniles are gray or white, with the white morph more common.’
    • ‘In some cases, variation in reproductive strategies has led to alternative queen morphs.’

Origin

1940s: from Greek morphē form.

Pronunciation:

morph

/mɔːf/