ana·​mor·​phic ˌa-nə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce anamorphic (audio)
: 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 New faculty includes prolific television director Marta Cunningham (Modern Love) while equipment partnerships include supplying gear like Orion anamorphic lenses to students. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Aug. 2023 The optics manufacturer Carl Zeiss has made a herculean effort to design and manufacture an anamorphic lens with the specifications required for our new machine. IEEE Spectrum, 29 July 2023 It was shot with anamorphic lens and boasts a glossy cinematography, as well as high production values. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 24 Jan. 2023 The list of exhibitors has since expanded, with anamorphic lens provider Vantage now attending with new products to hawk, while LED gear house Cream Source has become an all the more recent addition – reflecting the growing importance of digital production. Ben Croll, Variety, 28 Oct. 2022 Steve Pauley makes stone sculptures whose anamorphic engravings can be discerned only when light is cast on them to reflect the images on adjacent surfaces. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 5 May 2023 Not only that, the look of the animation in the standard sequences was made to mimic the anamorphic lenses that were used in the 70s and 80s movies that inspired Lightyear, while in the full-frame sequences, the look mirrors the depth of field of a larger IMAX 15/70 film stock would use. Benny Har-Even, Forbes, 16 June 2022 World premiered at Canneseries, the episode sums up the high cinematic style brought to the series, with Hirschbiegel employing anamorphic lenses, an 8o-second dolly shot or 30-second closeup to construct a social horror story and play with audience expectation, as Von Schirach before him. John Hopewell, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 Here, Walker changed to anamorphic (T Series) lenses. Daron James, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


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.

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anamorphic was in 1875

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“Anamorphic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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