One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An object or feature which imitates the design of a similar artifact made from another material.‘the pottery box with a square lid is a skeuomorph of a twilled basketry container’
- ‘It is accepted that much of the ornament on Irish and Pictish sculpture represents stone skeuomorphs of jewelled, metal-encased wooden crosses.’
- ‘The brown fabric, the smooth finish, and the decoration, all combine to give the effect of a stitched leather vessel, of which this is no doubt a skeuomorph.’
- ‘First-generation skeuomorphs are close mimics, even fakes. Second-generation skeuomorphs abandon any serious attempt at deception.’
- ‘Other types of bronzes from this area include representations of quadripeds and skeuomorphs of horn and gourd palm-wine vessels.’
- ‘A skeuomorph is a derivative object which retains ornamental design cues to a structure that was necessary in the original.’
- 1.1Computing An element of a graphical user interface which mimics a physical object.‘note-taking apps offer skeuomorphs of yellow legal pads, squared paper, ring binders, etc.’‘when you first load up the app, you'll be presented with a skeuomorph of a photo album’
- ‘The page turning is one of the few software-based skeuomorphs that seems to be universally liked.’
- ‘If skeuomorphs do not help the user accomplish their goals, then they are more design than is necessary, and should be omitted.’
- ‘Detractors say skeuomorphs represent the triumph of familiarity over function.’
- ‘As these real-life analogs to Apple's skeuomorphs become less prevalent, these metaphors will be less and less useful to users.’
- ‘Inappropriate skeuomorphs can cause more problems than they solve.’
Late 19th century: from Greek skeuos ‘container, implement’ + morphē ‘form’.
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