One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Change smoothly from one image to another by small gradual steps using computer animation techniques.with object ‘3-D objects can be morphed into other objects’
- ‘In between are funny images of various world leaders morphing into monkeys, devils or pigs.’
- ‘The video shows the portraits from the wall seamlessly morphing into an unending and hypnotic sequence of heads.’
- ‘Right before my eyes she was morphing into the girl I had first met.’
- ‘Beautifully filmed, it opens in slow motion on windswept dunes before morphing into shots of an inner-city house.’
- ‘Within the space of a few pages, the comedian morphs from an ambitious, uncaring party animal into a remorseful, spiritual outcast.’
- ‘It started out as a thriller, morphed into action and towards the end tried to be a comedy.’
- ‘The system is morphing faster than the program can track, but I'm eliminating the unnecessary code strings.’
- ‘Suddenly his face morphs completely and he bursts out laughing.’
- ‘It looks to me like this silliness is rather quickly morphing into being both destructive and self-defeating.’
- ‘The screen gets all blurry; when it clears up, the chimp has morphed into a man in a cheap gorilla suit.’
- ‘They were no longer the shape of humans, but had been morphed into huge indescribable creatures.’
- ‘The image morphed to show a snow covered street, facing some kind of large store.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Art changes as it develops, sometimes morphing into shapes almost unrecognizable from its origins.’
- ‘He has morphed a quirky novel into an enthralling, tender and, crucially, fun piece of cinema.’
- ‘The child smirked, morphing in a blink to a tall dark-haired man.’
- ‘Mortis knew she was caught when the small cat smoothly morphed into a woman.’
- ‘The solution was a special effect known as morphing, in which the transitions are visually seamless.’
- ‘But what was once a sleepy Bohemian beach town is rapidly morphing into an upscale resort destination.’
- ‘Disgusted with his mother's affairs, Walt is dangerously close to morphing into a younger version of his father.’
- 1.1 Undergo or cause to undergo a gradual process of transformation.no object ‘the cute moppet has morphed into the moody moll of the indie world’
1An image that has been morphed by computer animation.
- ‘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 An 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There's some stunning works, and an intriguing computer morph that shows how depictions of the Lord's face have changed over time.’
- ‘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.’
1990s: element from metamorphosis.
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.’
Each of several variant forms of an animal or plant.
- ‘Juveniles are gray or white, with the white morph more common.’
- ‘In some cases, variation in reproductive strategies has led to alternative queen morphs.’
- ‘Starch was not detected in the pollen of any morph.’
- ‘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.’
1940s: from Greek morphē ‘form’.
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