- the smooth transformation of one image into another by computer, as in a motion picture.
- 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).
- 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)
- to transform (an image) by computer.
verb (used without object)
- to be transformed: morphing from a tough negotiator to Mr. Friendly.
- a computer technique used for graphics and in films, in which one image is gradually transformed into another image without individual changes being noticeable in the process
- linguistics the phonological representation of a morpheme
- biology any of the different forms of individual found in a polymorphic species
- to undergo or cause to undergo morphing
- to transform or be transformed completely in appearance or characterhe morphed from nerd into pop icon
- a morphed image
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).
- A phenotypically distinct form of an organism or species.