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morph

[mawrf] /mɔrf/
noun
1.
Linguistics. a sequence of phonemes constituting a minimal unit of grammar or syntax, and, as such, a representation, member, or contextual variant of a morpheme in a specific environment.
Compare allomorph (def 2).
2.
Biology. an individual of one particular form, as a worker ant, in a species that occurs in two or more forms.
verb (used with object)
3.
to transform (an image) by computer.
verb (used without object)
4.
to be transformed:
morphing from a tough negotiator to Mr. Friendly.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; back formation from morpheme, or independent use of -morph
Related forms
morphic, adjective
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Examples from the web for morphed
  • There's some stuff on there that since that time has morphed into their own tales.
  • It's interesting to see how food advertising icons have morphed through the years.
  • But critics have countered that findings from turtle embryology hinted that the backbones and ribs morphed to make a shell.
  • Since then pepper spray has morphed into an instrument of punishment used by police departments.
  • He quickly morphed from wide-eyed acolyte into colleague and drinking buddy.
  • It began with a police shooting, but over the past three evenings it's morphed into something enormous and varied.
  • For the next scene, the planks morphed into a spiral staircase that stretched horizontally across the stage.
  • Optimistic drivers of the past imagined a future in which the stubby tail fins of their cars morphed into broad wings.
  • Over the years, the stories of the wine he served morphed into him performing a miracle to make the wine appear.
  • And in the same time scale, a large part of chemistry has morphed in nanotechnology.
British Dictionary definitions for morphed

morph1

/mɔːf/
noun
1.
(linguistics) the phonological representation of a morpheme
Word Origin
C20: shortened form of morpheme

morph2

/mɔːf/
noun
1.
(biology) any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species
Word Origin
C20: from Greek morphē shape

morph3

/mɔːf/
verb
1.
to undergo or cause to undergo morphing
2.
to transform or be transformed completely in appearance or character: he morphed from nerd into pop icon
noun
3.
a morphed image
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Word Origin and History for morphed

morph

as a noun, in biology, 1955; as a verb, in cinematic special effects, c.1987, short for metamorphosis. Related: Morphed; morphing. Earlier it was a slang shortening of morphine (1912).

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morphed in Science
morph
  (môrf)   
A phenotypically distinct form of an organism or species.
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Slang definitions & phrases for morphed

morph

noun
  1. Morphine (1912+ Narcotics)
  2. morphodite (1940s+)
verb

To change one image into another by a computer technique: One of the most popular techniques in TV ads has been to ''morph'' a Democratic rival into Clinton, employing special effects to have the candidate's face change into the President's/ One thing morphs into another before your very eyes (1990s+)

[fr Greek morphe, ''form'']


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Related Abbreviations for morphed

morph

  1. metamorphose
  2. morphine
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