Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One of various distinct forms of a species (such as color variant) or of an organism during different parts of its life cycle.
  • intransitive verb To transform (an image) by computer.
  • intransitive verb To be transformed.
  • noun An allomorph.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An abbreviation of morphology, morphological, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Linguistics) 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.
  • verb To transform smoothly in imperceptible steps from one image to another, on a computer screen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb cause to change shape in a computer animation
  • verb change shape as via computer animation

Etymologies

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

[From Greek morphē, form, shape.]

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

[Shortening of metamorphose.]

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

[From morpheme.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Back-formation from morpheme.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Shortening of metamorphose: to change in shape or form.

Examples

  • The discussion of the “issues” in such an instance seems to me to morph from a discussion of what is possibly true and what is possibly not true (and why), to a discussion meant to win the “War of the Diets,” with the “Team Low-Carb” vs. the “Team Low-Fat.”

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  • Q: We have to be careful here, because the identity of the gypsy morph is a key mystery in the novel, but can you describe generally what this creature is and what it represents?

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  • Any occupation requiring pattern-matching and the ability to find obscure connections will quickly morph from the domain of experts to that of ordinary people whose intelligence has been augmented by cheap digital tools.

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  • Any occupation requiring pattern-matching and the ability to find obscure connections will quickly morph from the domain of experts to that of ordinary people whose intelligence has been augmented by cheap digital tools.

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  • Due to the way in which the documentary fast-forwarded, however, his solo incarnation seemed to morph from a sharp 30-something to a scary and quite preposterous-looking 40-something in the blink of an eye.

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  • In other words, the rate at which words tend to morph is in inverse proportion to how often they're used.

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  • "DeMarcus allows your defense to morph from a 3-4 to a 4-3 to a 2-5 front," says TV and radio analyst Solomon Wilcost.

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  • DeMarcus allows your defense to morph from a 3-4 to a 4-3 to a 2-5 front.

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  • Saying a morph of a morph is considered more attractive than just the morph may well be true and provable ... but it says nothing about how attractive real Eurasians are.

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  • Saying a morph of a morph is considered more attractive than just the morph may well be true and provable ... but it says nothing about how attractive real Eurasians are.

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