anamorphosis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n anamorphosis a distorted projection or perspective; especially an image distorted in such a way that it becomes visible only when viewed in a special manner
    • n anamorphosis the evolution of one type of organism from another by a long series of gradual changes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Anamorphosis (Persp) A distorted or monstrous projection or representation of an image on a plane or curved surface, which, when viewed from a certain point, or as reflected from a curved mirror or through a polyhedron, appears regular and in proportion; a deformation of an image.
    • Anamorphosis (Bot) A morbid or monstrous development, or change of form, or degeneration.
    • Anamorphosis (Biol) Same as Anamorphism, 2.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anamorphosis In perspec., a method of drawing which gives a distorted image of the object represented when it is viewed directly or nearly so, but a natural image when it is viewed from a certain point, is reflected by a curved mirror, or is seen through a polyhedron.
    • n anamorphosis In botany, an anomalous or monstrous development of any part of a plant, owing to some unusual condition affecting growth, so that it presents an appearance altogether unlike the typical form, as when the calyx of a rose assumes the form of a leaf. Lichens are so liable to this change of form from modifications of climate, soil, etc., that some varieties have been placed in three or four different, genera.
    • n anamorphosis In zoology and botany, the gradual change of form, generally ascending, traced in a group of animals or plants the members of which succeed each other in point of time. Thus, the earlier members of any group observed in the lower geological formations are by some said to be of a lower type than, and in point of development inferior to, their analogues in more recent strata or among living forms; but this has been controverted, especially by opponents of Darwinism.
    • n anamorphosis In senses 2 and 3 also called anamorphism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anamorphosis an-a-mor′fo-sis a figure, appearing from one view-point irregular or deformed, but from another regular and in proportion:
    • n Anamorphosis an-a-mor′fo-sis (bot.) a gradual transformation, or an abnormal development of any part
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. to form anew; again + to form; morfh` form
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; ana, back, morphōsis, a shaping—morphē, shape.

Usage


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Appearently, this technique is called anamorphosis.
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