morph

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noun

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a
b
: a distinctive collocation of phones (such as a portmanteau form) that serves as the realization of more than one morpheme in a context (such as the French du for the sequence of de and le)
2
a
: a local population of a species that consists of interbreeding organisms and is distinguishable from other populations by morphology or behavior though capable of interbreeding with them
b
: a phenotypic variant of a species

morph

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verb

morphed; morphing; morphs

transitive verb

: to change the form or character of : transform

intransitive verb

: to undergo transformation
especially : to undergo transformation from an image of one object into that of another especially by means of computer-generated animation

morph

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abbreviation

morph-

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combining form

variants or morpho-
1
: form
morphogenesis
2
: morpheme
morphophonemics

-morph

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noun combining form

: one having (such) a form
isomorph

Examples of morph in a Sentence

Verb The picture of a dog morphed into a picture of a cat. Using the new software, we morphed a picture of a dog into a picture of a cat. a quiet college student who has morphed into a glamorous actress He is trying to morph himself into a different person.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Online, breeders have counselled against pairing morphs that are known to result in impairments. Rebecca Giggs, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 The first to produce a morph, and name it, gained celebrity. Rebecca Giggs, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 Other cuts and efforts to turn a profit have left streaming subscribers paying more for less, and slowly, cord-cutting TV fans are seeing streaming morph back into old TV—ads and all. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2024 The Nosy Be morph is stunningly blue, like the chameleons found in that area, while the Sambava morphs are more mottled with green and yellow. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 28 May 2015 In a world of infinite media, the successful art work makes its way to others, morphs, moves on. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 In the normal course of events of elegans populations reach their Malthusian limit or carrying capacity, and the chemical signals in the environment trigger a shift of many into an alternative morph which serves to flip the individual into stasis, the dauer. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2011 Google Doodles The Google Doodle on Sept. 27, 2023 – the company's 25th anniversary – morphs from past Google logos, into the current logo, and then into a doodle that incorporates the number 25. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 27 Sep. 2023 Pair black morph suits with swim goggles and create diving cylinders out of liter soda bottles. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, 21 Aug. 2023
Verb
Tic Tac and Del Taco are morphing together to innovate mints flavored with hot sauce. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 For many, the culture around tipping has shifted from being a recognition of good service, and has morphed into a quasi-social obligation. Rocio Fabbro, Quartz, 1 Apr. 2024 Founded in 2018, Boundless is a clinical-stage oncology company developing a novel approach to block certain genes from morphing cells into tumors. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Mar. 2024 The year is 2040, and the city has morphed into a playground for the ultra-rich, leaving everyone else struggling in high-rise slums. Travis Bean, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 The films, after 2014’s Godzilla and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island established the franchise’s stars, have morphed into exercises in CGI monster-mashing. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 29 Mar. 2024 Now, almost overnight, a market Runway was quietly shaping on its own terms has morphed into a battleground. Kylie Robison, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 Leave a comment View Comments Still others have seen faces morph into dragons or fish heads, or ears pop out of the top of people’s heads. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 22 Mar. 2024 What was once a holy ground shepherded by a rapturous man simply known as Pastor (Steven Pasquale), model evangelical teen Dawn O’Keefe (Alyse Alan Louis) and her angelic group of Promise Keeper Girls morphs into a breeding ground for sin. Brittani Samuel, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

back-formation from morpheme

Verb

short for metamorphose

Combining form

German, from Greek, from morphē

Noun combining form

International Scientific Vocabulary, from -morphous

First Known Use

Noun

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1982, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of morph was in 1947

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Cite this Entry

“Morph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/morph. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

morph

verb
ˈmȯrf
: to change in form or character
Etymology

Verb

short for metamorphose "to change in form"

Medical Definition

morph

abbreviation

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