AskDefine | Define morph

Dictionary Definition



1 cause to change shape in a computer animation; "The computer programmer morphed the image"
2 change shape as via computer animation; "In the video, Michael Jackson morphed into a panther"

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

back-form morpheme


  1. An allomorph: one of a set of realizations that a morpheme can have in different contexts.
  2. Local variety of a species, distinguishable from other populations of the species by morphology or behaviour.

Etymology 2

Shortening of metamorphose: to change in shape or form.


  1. To change shape, of one form to another, through computer animation.

Extensive Definition

Morph is from the Greek morphe meaning shape or form. For example, the word metamorphosis means a change in shape or form. Common uses of the term include:
  • Morph (comics), an X-Men character of Marvel comics
  • Morph (character), an animated plasticine character created by Tony Hart
  • Morph (Disney character), a character in the 2002 Disney movie Treasure Planet
  • Morph (zoology), a visual or behavioural difference between organisms of distinct populations in a species
  • Muller's morphs, a classification scheme for genetic mutations
  • Morph (mobile phone), a concept mobile phone developed by the Nokia Research Center and the University of Cambridge
  • Gryphon Software Morph, a software program for morphing images (see below) by Gryphon Software
  • Morphic (software), user interface built out of graphical objects known as morphs
  • Morph (software), Fork of the p2p program eMule
  • Morph (Java), a Java framework for type and object graph conversion
  • Morph, in linguistics, the vocal form of a morpheme
  • Morphism, an abstraction of a structure-preserving mapping between two mathematical structures
  • Morphing, in motion pictures and animations, a special effect that changes (morphs) one image into another through a seamless transition
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