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morph 1

An allomorph.

[From morpheme.]

morph 2

One of various distinct forms of a species (such as color variant) or of an organism during different parts of its life cycle.

[From Greek morphē, form, shape.]

morph 3

v. morphed, morph·ing, morphs
To transform (an image) by computer: cinematic special effects that morphed the villain into a snake.
To be transformed: "By morning all his hurt feelings had morphed into mischief" (Dana Adam Shapiro).

[Shortening of metamorphose.]
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(Linguistics) linguistics the phonological representation of a morpheme
[C20: shortened form of morpheme]


(Biology) biology any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species
[C20: from Greek morphē shape]


1. (Computer Science) 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.
(Computer Science) a morphed image
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1. a sequence of sounds or letters constituting the physical realization of a morpheme in a specific context.
2. Biol.
a. an individual of one particular form, as a worker ant, in a species that occurs in two or more forms.
b. a locally distinct population of a polymorphic species.
3. to transform (an image) by computer.
4. to be transformed: morphing from a tough negotiator to Mr. Friendly.
[1945–50; back formation from morpheme, or independent use of -morph]
mor′phic, adj.


var. of morpho- before a vowel: morphallaxis.


a combining form meaning “form, structure,” of the kind specified by the initial element: isomorph.
[< Greek -morphos; see -morphous]


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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.morph - cause to change shape in a computer animation; "The computer programmer morphed the image"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
2.morph - change shape as via computer animation; "In the video, Michael Jackson morphed into a panther"
contort, wring, deform, distort - twist and press out of shape
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[mɔːf] Nmorfo m
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[ˈmɔːrf] vise transformer
to morph into sth → se transformer en qch
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For examining social stress (Bubenik 1973), which is a component of the complex concept of intra-specific competition, I used a quadratic regression (y = a + [b.sub.1] *x + [b.sub.2][*x.sup.2]) with average moose density (measured as number of bulls killed per 10 [km.sup.2] forest and bog area; Hohle and Lykke 1986, Statistics Norway 1987-98) in a time period as independent variable x versus frequency of the antler morph as dependent variabley; [b.sub.1], [b.sub.2] are regression values and a is a constant.
Pigeons are all related to the rock dove, which only came in one color pattern, called "blue bar." (See chart, "Pigeon Color Morphs," page 19.) Then humans began using the birds as racers or homing pigeons.
(4) Do cannibal morph larvae suppress other larvae from developing into cannibals?
Our results show that morph detection is highly error-prone and the level at which these images were accepted represents a significant concern for security agencies.
It then morphed into a celebration of all presidents.
The possibilities become limitless thanks to the flexibility of Morph Technology.
In Morph you play as an employee who's trying to escape the desk job by morphing reality to traverse different obstacles and solving puzzles to escape.
According to a statement issued here by Inter Services Public Relations Thursday, 'The drone strike on 24 January in Spintal, Hangu district was on individual target, who had morphed into Afghan Refugees and not any organised terrorists sanctuary which have been eliminated.
'The drone strike on 24 January in Spintal, Hangu district was on individual target who had morphed into Afghan Refugees and not any organized terrorists sanctuary which has been eliminated,' the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated in a press release.
Eight different males of each morph were photographed in a slightly different position of their morph-specific phase I courtship display.
For example, the material could be controllably morphed to reflect light in its 2D spaces and absorb light in its 3D shapes.
We hypothesized antipredator behavior would be reduced (that is, tolerance to possible threats would be higher) in the melanistic morph relative to the gray morph.