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n. pl. an·a·mor·pho·ses (-sēz′)
a. An image that appears distorted unless it is viewed from a special angle or with a special instrument.
b. The production of such an image.
2. Evolutionary increase in complexity of form and function.

[New Latin anamorphōsis, from Late Greek anamorphoun, to transform : Greek ana-, ana- + Greek morphē, shape.]


(ˌænəˈmɔːfəsɪs; -mɔːˈfəʊsɪs)
n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1. (General Physics) optics
a. an image or drawing distorted in such a way that it becomes recognizable only when viewed in a specified manner or through a special device
b. the process by which such images or drawings are produced
2. (Biology) the evolution of one type of organism from another by a series of gradual changes
[C18: from Greek, from anamorphoun to transform, from morphē form, shape]


(ˌæn əˈmɔr fə sɪs, -mɔrˈfoʊ sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz, -siz)
1. a drawing presenting a distorted image that appears in natural form under certain conditions, as when reflected from a curved mirror.
2. the gradual change in form from one type to another during the evolution of a group of organisms.
[1720–30; < Greek, <anamorphō–, variant s. of anamorphoun to transform (see ana-, morpho-)]


an abnormal change in the form of a plant that falsely gives it the appearance of a different species. — anamorphic, adj.
See also: Botany
See also: Art, Form, Representation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anamorphosis - the evolution of one type of organism from another by a long series of gradual changes
organic evolution, phylogenesis, phylogeny, evolution - (biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms
2.anamorphosis - a distorted projection or perspectiveanamorphosis - a distorted projection or perspective; especially an image distorted in such a way that it becomes visible only when viewed in a special manner
copy - a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing; "she made a copy of the designer dress"; "the clone was a copy of its ancestor"
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Impossible objects and architecture, optical illusion and anamorphosis are the three key techniques on display.
Images of Dilbar rising repeatedly from his bed in a construction camp and haunting the gallery spaces we had just visited were back-projected onto a transparent screen that flooded viewers with a ghostly anamorphosis.
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6) For more on anamorphosis, see Looking Awry 90-91; Zizek's thoughts on deconstruction as an essentially incomplete project can be found in For They Know 37.
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anamorphosis, when the place changes or dissolves into another as
a procedure of analysis, anamnesis, anagogy, and anamorphosis that elaborates an 'initial forgetting,'" suggesting a reexamination of the notions of historical progress, human emancipation, and subjectivity (80).
Top talk Julian Beever is a pavement artist renowned for creating trompe-l'oeil chalk drawings using a projection technique called anamorphosis.
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What unites these films is a generic allegiance to anamorphosis, a sudden shift in perspective casts the film in a totally new and unexpected light.