ana·​mor·​phic | \ ˌa-nə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce anamorphic (audio) \

Definition of anamorphic

: producing, relating to, or marked by intentional distortion (as by unequal magnification along perpendicular axes) of an image an anamorphic lens

Examples of anamorphic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One instance: How Hirschbiegel shoots social setting – the church, the courtroom, Clara and Andreas’ home – using anamorphic lens. John Hopewell, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 In this case, anamorphic lenses give dimensionality to faces, particularly Leatherface’s. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 25 Feb. 2022 Looked at from a certain angle—like an anamorphic skull—this essay is concerned with literary criticism. Will Self, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Shooting on 35mm with anamorphic lenses, the director makes thorough use of the timeless rural landscapes his story is set in – particularly during a brutal attack on a band of Roma. Will Tizard, Variety, 5 Nov. 2021 Yes, anamorphic gives you more space left and right, helping to arrange the actors, telling more in one shot without editing too much. John Hopewell, Variety, 9 Oct. 2021 The production shot the show in an anamorphic format across six different countries, sometimes in the snow, sometimes on open water, sometimes under water. Nick Romano,, 28 June 2021 The head is distorted and elongated, almost anamorphic and androgynous, simultaneously ancient and somewhat extraterrestrial. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Nothing will improve your drone footage as much as this anamorphic lens from Moment. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, 29 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of anamorphic

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anamorphic

probably borrowed from French anamorphique, derivative (by analogy with other derivatives with -morphique -morphic) of anamorphose "anamorphosis (image produced by a distorting optical system)," borrowed from New Latin anamorphosis, probably from Greek ana- ana- + -morphōsis (as in metamórphōsis "transformation, metamorphosis")

Note: The New Latin word anamorphosis in reference to optical distortion was apparently introduced by the German Jesuit scientific writer Gaspar Schott (1608-66) in his Magia universalis naturae et artis (Würzburg, 1657), p. 100 ff.

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“Anamorphic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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