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1. Relating to, having, or producing different optical imaging effects along mutually perpendicular radii: an anamorphic lens.
2. Of or relating to a widescreen film or video that has been converted to a storage format with a lower aspect ratio by shrinking the image only along the horizontal axis in order to minimize loss of resolution: an anamorphic DVD for widescreen televisions.

[ana- + -morph + -ic.]

an′a·mor′phism (-fĭz′əm) n.
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(Geological Science) intense metamorphism of a rock in which high-density complex minerals are formed from simpler minerals of lower density
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a distorted image of an object, as in anamorphic art. Also anamorphosis. — anamorphic, adj.
See also: Representation
a distorted image of an object, as in anamorphic art. Also anamorphosis. — anamorphic, adj.
See also: Form
a distorted image of an object, as in anamorphic art. Also spelled anamorphosis, anamorphosy. — anamorphic, adj.
See also: Art
gradual change in type, usually from a lower to a higher type. Also anamorphosis, (Obsolete) anamorphosy. — anamorphic, adj.
See also: Biology
metamorphism from simple to more complex minerals, usually occurring deep beneath the earth’s surface. See also katamorphism, metamorphism. — anamorphic, anamorphotic, adj.
See also: Geology
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anamorphism - 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.anamorphism - metamorphism that occurs deep under the earth's surface; changes simple minerals into complex minerals
metamorphism - change in the structure of rock by natural agencies such as pressure or heat or introduction of new chemical substances
katamorphism - metamorphism that occurs at or near the earth's surface; breaks down complex minerals into simpler ones
3.anamorphism - a distorted projection or perspectiveanamorphism - 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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so made that when viewed from a particular point, or by reflection from a suitable mirror, it appears regular and properly proportioned; a deformation." (12) In this post-war context, Richard's anamorphism goes deeper than the question of mere physical disability, and it appears to assert itself whatever medium he appears in.
Not, again, from this distance, which finds Murphy instead "inspecting" Mr Endon's eyes in what Garin Dowd characterizes as an exercise in "anamorphism" (2007, 96-101).
Possibly the notion of anamorphism can offer some insight as to why this dynamism proves so engaging.