meta·​mor·​phic | \ ˌme-tə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce metamorphic (audio) \

Definition of metamorphic

1 : of or relating to metamorphosis
2 of a rock : of, relating to, or produced by metamorphism

Other Words from metamorphic

metamorphically \ ˌme-​tə-​ˈmȯr-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce metamorphic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of metamorphic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The metamorphic dance continues, and with it the loneliness. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 3 Dec. 2021 Their collective influence on the 20th century art world was metamorphic. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 25 Sep. 2021 There are no throwaway lines in Lesser Known Monsters; each story is rich and metamorphic, perfect for breaking the monotony of winter days. Wired Staff, Wired, 26 Nov. 2021 Igneous, metamorphic, marine sedimentary rocks — in all shapes, sizes and textures, plus a multitude of colors. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 When trying to learn about mountains that are long gone or have already eroded significantly, geologists look for clues in the way the rock layers are slanted in the dirt and what kinds of metamorphic rocks are at the base. Dennis Pillion |, al, 8 Nov. 2021 The streaming company now finds itself on the edge of a metamorphic moment. Helena Andrews-dyer, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Oct. 2021 It’s a metamorphic rock called schist, compressed by mountains thought to have once been as tall as the Himalayas. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 Ocampo is renowned for a metamorphic painting technique where one image, or dreamy visual concept, transforms into an image of similar shape or look, but representing another concept entirely. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 16 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of metamorphic

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Metamorphic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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meta·​mor·​phic | \ ˌme-tə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce metamorphic (audio) \

Kids Definition of metamorphic

: formed by the action of pressure, heat, and water that results in a more compact form a metamorphic rock


meta·​mor·​phic | \ ˌmet-ə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce metamorphic (audio) \

Medical Definition of metamorphic

: of or relating to metamorphosis


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