• WordNet 3.6
    • n metamorphosis a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft
    • n metamorphosis a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances "the metamorphosis of the old house into something new and exciting"
    • n metamorphosis the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Metamorphosis (Biol) A change in the form or function of a living organism, by a natural process of growth or development; as, the metamorphosis of the yolk into the embryo, of a tadpole into a frog, or of a bud into a blossom. Especially, that form of sexual reproduction in which an embryo undergoes a series of marked changes of external form, as the chrysalis stage, pupa stage, etc., in insects. In these intermediate stages sexual reproduction is usually impossible, but they ultimately pass into final and sexually developed forms, from the union of which organisms are produced which pass through the same cycle of changes. See Transformation.
    • Metamorphosis Change of form, or structure; transformation.
    • Metamorphosis (Physiol) The change of material of one kind into another through the agency of the living organism; metabolism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n metamorphosis Change of form or structure; transmutation or transformation. Used most frequently in literature with reference to the old or poetic conception of a miraculous transmutation of a person, animal, or thing into a different and often antagonistic or contrasting form, either with or without a corresponding change of nature.
    • n metamorphosis A marked change in the form or function of a living body; a transformation resulting from development; specifically, in zoology, the course of alteration which an animal undergoes after its exclusion from the egg, and which modifies extensively the general form and life of the individual; particularly, in entomology, the transformations of a metabolous insect.
    • n metamorphosis In chem., that chemical action by which a given compound is caused, by the presence of a peculiar substance, to resolve itself into two or more compounds, as sugar, by the presence of yeast, into alcohol and carbonic acid.
    • n metamorphosis In botany, the various changes that are brought about in plant-organs, whereby they appear under changed or modified conditions, as when stamens are metamorphosed into petals, or stipules into leaves. Metamorphosis does not imply that the petal, for example, has ever been a stamen, but it implies an alteration in the organizing force, which took effect at a very early period in the life of the organ, at or before the time when the primitive aggregation of cells became differentiated into the several parts of which it is normally composed. It is due merely to the fact that the development of the organ has pursued a different course from what is usual. The various kinds of metamorphoses are described under the names of chlorosis, petalody, phyllody, pistillody, sepalody, staminody, etc. (which see).
    • n metamorphosis In music, either the same as variation (see variation, 9), or that extension or transformation of a theme or subject which often appears in modern music in the progress or development of an extended movement. From Beethoven onward the recognition of the essentially plastic nature of musical ideas (see idea, 9) has steadily advanced and constitutes one of the salient characteristics of recent composition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Metamorphosis change of shape, transformation: the frequent transformation of human beings to beasts, stones, trees, &c.—an essential part of folklore everywhere: the marked change which some living beings undergo in the course of their growth, as caterpillar to insect, tadpole to frog, &c.:—pl. Metamor′phoses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. , fr. to be transformed; meta` beyond, over + morfh` form
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. metamorphōsismeta, expressing change, morphē, form.


In literature:

Barber's ratchet brace shown in figure 66 completes the metamorphosis of this tool form in the United States.
"Woodworking Tools 1600-1900" by Peter C. Welsh
What was this marvellous metamorphosis which had come upon him, flooding his life with golden waves of sweetness and of light?
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
The animal leaves the water after completing its metamorphosis, the last stage of which is marked by the loss of the gills.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Even the undemonstrative Wanaha exclaimed at the metamorphosis.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Behind this compound door, the larva makes its arrangements for the metamorphosis.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
What had produced this metamorphosis?
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
With equal facility was accomplished the metamorphosis of the young backwoodsman, but not so easily that of Sure-shot.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
A great cloud surrounded them, and then a wonderful metamorphosis began.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Is it not because a like strange metamorphosis has invaded your own nature that you have come to meet me here?
"Hypolympia" by Edmund Gosse
Experience does not teach the decay but the metamorphosis of individuality.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson

In poetry:

Mouths biting empty air,
The still stone dogs,
Caught in metamorphosis, were
Left him as epilogues.
"MAUBERLEY" by Ezra Pound
"Now, Tonson, list thy Forces all,
Review them, and tell Noses;
For to poor Ovid shall befal
A strange Metamorphosis.
"Sandys Ghost ; A Proper Ballad on the New Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Alexander Pope
The Metamorphosis. Of late I saw thee gay,
Thine eyes with lustre shone,
Oh! gentle shepherd, say,
Thy mirth, where is it flown?
"Song" by Charlotte Dacre
"A Metamorphosis more strange
Than all his Books can vapour;"
'To what' (quoth 'squire) 'shall Ovid change?'
Quoth Sandys: "To waste paper."
"Sandys Ghost ; A Proper Ballad on the New Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Alexander Pope

In news:

Nick Searcy to make ' Metamorphosis '.
Early Advertising Shows Metamorphosis Of Products And Technology.
Buggin' out BAM's ' Metamorphosis ' is a real change.
Get Ready for A Metamorphosis .
Lakewood Cougars in metamorphosis .
Papa Roach Takes New ' Metamorphosis ' On The Road.
OC Elementary Students Monitor Metamorphosis .
Northern Stage Produces Ovid's " Metamorphosis ".
The Grateful Dead's Continuing Metamorphosis .
Metamorphosis is a candid, non-sensational and sometimes humorous journey of nearly three years as Gary prepares physically and emotionally for sex reassignment surgery.
In the Dark Body of Metamorphosis and Other Poems by Mario Luzi, translated by I.L.
The metamorphosis of Nika Roza Danilova continues.
For dancers , the studio's the site of ongoing metamorphosis.
Romney, however, simply reflects a metamorphosis that began in the GOP long ago.
Biologist passes along his fascination with metamorphosis.

In science:

Our analysis indicates that there is a thin chance to observe the dark energy metamorphosis in near future.
The thawing dark energy dynamics: Can we detect it?
In principle the impact of AGN-induced turbulence on heat transport (conductively and advectively) could result in a CC to NCC metamorphosis on a much longer (> Gyr) timescale (Parrish et al. 2010; Ruszkowski & Oh 2010).
The Cosmological Impact of Luminous TeV Blazars III: Implications for Galaxy Clusters and the Formation of Dwarf Galaxies
Singh, Effective state metamorphosis in semi-classical loop quantum cosmology, Class.
Contrasting features of anisotropic loop quantum cosmologies: the role of spatial curvature
This metamorphosis of the Web can potentially have a significant impact on the methods and applications of education.
In the Face (book) of Social Learning
In the case of the long slow dr ifting mode sequences, the metamorphosis back to the normal mode is delayed.
Radio Pulsars