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

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Recent Examples on the Web Nothing will improve your drone footage as much as this anamorphic lens from Moment. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, "The 7 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Camera Gear and Accessories," 29 Nov. 2020 Frank, who in the past has used a four-by-five camera, shot the book using an anamorphic lens designed for filmmaking. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "Laura Dern Plays a Depressed Suburban Housewife in a New Photo Memoir," 26 Oct. 2020 McCarthy’s 64 is a line drawing of two anamorphic baseball figures coupling. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "The Public Trust gallery scores a win with sport-focused exhibition," 3 Jan. 2020 To fix that, Moment has reduced the weight of its existing anamorphic lens by changing the housing from metal to plastic. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Moment is making an anamorphic lens for DJI drones," 9 July 2019 Keer and his team created five anamorphic art murals. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Ponds of Brookfield ice rink is now home to 3D murals made by a world-renowned street artist," 13 Sep. 2019 Moment launched its first anamorphic lens last year. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Moment is making an anamorphic lens for DJI drones," 9 July 2019 The entire weirdness of the GT’s form—the visual weight of the bodywork over the wheel arches, for example—is the product of the anamorphic stretching of the coupe form in the vertical. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 BMW 640xi GT: A High-Riding, Roomy Sedan That’s Fun to Drive," 20 Apr. 2018 The exact same movie as designed, just captured with anamorphic lenses. Simon Abrams, The Hollywood Reporter, "A Marvel Fan and a Superhero Skeptic Debate 'Black Panther'," 21 Feb. 2018

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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 26 Jan. 2021.

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