noun (plural anamorphoses /-fəˌsēz/)
- 1A distorted projection or drawing that appears normal when viewed from a particular point or with a suitable mirror or lens.More example sentences
- In these pages the ‘rude mechanicals’ are revealed, and the landscape suffers under their repetitious and certain anamorphoses.
- Each has its own angle, as the phrase goes, or slant - the calculated warp or distortion of a perspective; they are, in effect, more like anamorphoses than representations of the object to which they are applied.
- It is easy to read the death's head in The Ambassadors purely as an exercise in negation, particularly since the anamorphosis so unsettles one's sense of reality.
- 1.1The process by which anamorphic images are produced.More example sentences
- A torsion typical of anamorphosis twists the image, crumples it and alters it, attempting to introduce the eccentrical into the field of view.
- Recognising the fluidity and occasional capriciousness of perception, Leonardo delighted in it, contriving not only rebuses or visual puns, but also optical illusions and even demonstrations of anamorphosis.
- Indeed, a Double Head of a Fool from a century later by Jacob van der Heyden shows that fools, too, could be subjects of anamorphosis.
- 2 Biology A gradual, ascending progression or change of form to a higher type.More example sentences
- It may indeed be a matter of very grave consideration whether true anamorphosis ever occurs in the whole animal kingdom.
- But the essential nature of evolutionary anamorphosis remains enigmatic.
- It is therefore difficult to justify anamorphosis purely on the basis of its contribution to fitness.
- 2.1Development of the adult form through a series of small changes, especially in some arthropods, the acquisition of additional body segments after hatching.More example sentences
- The abdomen of Protura undergoes anamorphosis: in the first and second instars it has 9 segments, the third 10, and the rest 12.
- Whether epimorphosis or anamorphosis is the primitive condition in centipedes has been extensively debated in the literature, but only through a rigorous phylogenetic framework can we understand this important evolutionary trend.
- Only rarely have authors been able to rear a species from egg to adult to follow the anamorphosis.
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- The colours of the anamorphic landscape on the lid of the virginals also appear very bleached in the photograph.
- The anamorphic rendition shows occasional print damage, but few if any digital artifacts.
- The technical failings of the anamorphic lens can be surmounted, but the aesthetics of a wide frame cannot be altered.
early 18th century: from Greek anamorphōsis 'transformation', from ana- 'back, again' + morphosis 'a shaping' (from morphoun 'to shape', from morphē 'shape, form').
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