American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An image that appears distorted unless it is viewed from a special angle or with a special instrument.
- n. The production of such an image.
- n. Evolutionary increase in complexity of form and function.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In perspec., a method of drawing which gives a distorted image of the object represented when it is viewed directly or nearly so, but a natural image when it is viewed from a certain point, is reflected by a curved mirror, or is seen through a polyhedron.
- n. In botany, an anomalous or monstrous development of any part of a plant, owing to some unusual condition affecting growth, so that it presents an appearance altogether unlike the typical form, as when the calyx of a rose assumes the form of leaf. Lichens are so liable to this change of form from modifications of climate, soil, etc., that some varieties have been placed in three or four different, genera.
- n. In zoology and botany, the gradual change of form, generally ascending, traced in a group of animals or plants the members of which succeed each other in point of time. Thus, the earlier members of any group observed in the lower geological formations are by some said to be of a lower type than, and in point of development inferior to, their analogues in more recent strata or among living forms; but this has been controverted, especially by opponents of Darwinism.
- n. In senses 2 and 3 also called anamorphism.
- n. A distorted image of an object that may be viewed correctly from a specific angle or with a specific mirror
- n. biology a form of limited metamorphosis in some arthropods
- n. botany an abnormal form of some lichens or fungi that gives the appearance of a different species
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Persp.) A distorted or monstrous projection or representation of an image on a plane or curved surface, which, when viewed from a certain point, or as reflected from a curved mirror or through a polyhedron, appears regular and in proportion; a deformation of an image.
- n. (Biol.) Same as Anamorphism, 2.
- n. (Bot.) A morbid or monstrous development, or change of form, or degeneration.
- New Latin anamorphōsis, from Late Greek anamorphoun, to transform : Greek ana-, ana- + Greek morphē, shape. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
““Anamorph” is about a detective investigating a strange series of murders in which the killer uses a little known technique called anamorphosis to create an image that can only be seen from a certain angle as created by the killer/artist.”
“This process is called anamorphosis, which is simply a mathematical word meaning controlled transformation of shape.”
“Moreover, he confined this evolution in the strictest possible way to each group; he did not believe that what was called anamorphosis -- the transition of a lower type into a higher type -- ever occurred.”
“Moreover, he confined this evolution in the strictest possible way to each group; he did not believe that what was called anamorphosis ” the transition of a lower type into a higher type ” ever occurred.”
“Starring Willem Dafoe and Scott Speedman, Anamorph is a psychological thriller based on the concept of anamorphosis, a painting technique that manipulates the laws of perspective to create two competing images on a single canvas.”
“Although his drawing surface is simply flat pavement, he uses a technique called anamorphosis to create the illusion of three dimensions when viewed from the correct angle.”
“Anamorph is based on the concept of anamorphosis, a painting technique that manipulates the laws of perspective to create two competing images on a single canvas.”
“A psychological thriller based on the concept of anamorphosis, a painting technique that manipulates the laws of perspective to create two competing images on a single canvas.”
“Holbein's Ambassadors is everyone's favorite picture to demonstrate anamorphosis, the strategy of using a radical change in formation or deformation that forces the viewer of a piece of art to look from an oblique angle or use a mirror or other means of seeing.”
“I encountered this article when I was studying anamorphosis, back when I was a young Art student taking classes in mechanical drawing and perspective.”
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