Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An allomorph.
  • n. One of various distinct forms of an organism or species.
  • transitive v. To transform (an image) by computer: cinematic special effects that morphed the villain into a snake.
  • intransitive v. To be transformed: "Yesterday's filmstrip has morphed into today's school computer” ( Clifford Stoll).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A physical form representing some morpheme in language. It is a recurrent distinctive sound or sequence sounds.
  • n. An allomorph: one of a set of realizations that a morpheme can have in different contexts.
  • n. Local variety of a species, distinguishable from other populations of the species by morphology or behaviour.
  • n. A computer-generated gradual change from one image to another.
  • v. To change shape, from one form to another, through computer animation.
  • v. To undergo dramatic change in a seamless and barely noticeable fashion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sequence of phonemes, often a word fragment, which constitutes the minimum unit of meaning or syntax within a given word. A morph may be one of several variants of a morpheme, depending for its individal form on the context in which it occurs. Thus the morphs -s and -es are variants of the morpheme by which the plural form of an English noun is expressed.
  • v. To transform smoothly in imperceptible steps from one image to another, on a computer screen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An abbreviation of morphology, morphological, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to change shape in a computer animation
  • v. change shape as via computer animation

Etymologies

From morpheme.
From Greek morphē, form, shape.
Shortening of metamorphose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from morpheme. (Wiktionary)
Shortening of metamorphose: to change in shape or form. (Wiktionary)

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  • Then an Army microbiologist from Fort Detrick made an unexpected discovery. Using an old-fashioned microbiological technique, he spread out some attack spores on a bed of nutrient and let each form its own colony. All the colonies looked identical except one, which, to his trained eye, seemed very slightly different. Different-looking colonies are called morphotypes or just “morphs.�?

    The New York Times, A Trained Eye Finally Solved the Anthrax Puzzle, by Nicholas Wade, August 20, 2008

    August 21, 2008

  • December 9, 2006