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

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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There's some stunning works, and an intriguing computer morph that shows how depictions of the Lord's face have changed over time.’
      • ‘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.’
    • ‘In some cases, variation in reproductive strategies has led to alternative queen morphs.’
    • ‘The four females seen mating during two nesting attempts all remated with the same morph.’
    • ‘Juveniles are gray or white, with the white morph more common.’
    • ‘Starch was not detected in the pollen of any morph.’

Origin

1940s from Greek morphē ‘form’.

Pronunciation

morph

/mɔːf/