ana·​glyph ˈa-nə-ˌglif How to pronounce anaglyph (audio)
: a sculptured, chased, or embossed ornament worked in low relief
: a stereoscopic motion or still picture in which the right component of a composite image usually red in color is superposed on the left component in a contrasting color to produce a three-dimensional effect when viewed through correspondingly colored filters in the form of spectacles
anaglyphic adjective

Examples of anaglyph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nathanial took two of them from NASA's spaceflight gallery and combined them to make this anaglyph. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 22 July 2011 The color separations of the anaglyph create pools of red and cyan that shimmer across the surface. Dallas News, 5 Apr. 2020 There’s an out-of-register floral wallpaper (2015) which, when viewed through red and blue anaglyph glasses, appears three-dimensional. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, 26 May 2018 They were tied to a 3-D-imaging method called anaglyph that dates back to the 1950s. Brian X. Chen, WIRED, 21 Dec. 2009

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Word History


Late Latin anaglyphus embossed, from Greek anaglyphos, from anaglyphein to emboss, from ana- + glyphein to carve — more at cleave

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of anaglyph was in 1651

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“Anaglyph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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