Definition of anaglyph in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈanəˌɡlif/


1 Photography A stereoscopic photograph with the two images superimposed and printed in different colors, producing a stereo effect when the photograph is viewed through correspondingly colored filters.
Example sentences
  • What the scientists can do - and have done - is unite the in-focus elements of each picture in the series and create anaglyphs that present a three-dimensional view of the outcrop and the terrain of the crater floor.
  • It's interesting to compare the latter images with Earth's Grand Canyon; see NASA's Visible Earth or this anaglyph (or, if you prefer, this ordinary stereogram) from the Eagle Eye Maps Experiments Page.
  • These anaglyphs of Nirgal Valles and Maja Valles make it perfectly clear we're seeing deep flat-bottomed canyons with dune systems of some sort.
2An object, such as a cameo, embossed or carved in low relief.
Example sentences
  • It maintains traces of old murals and anaglyphs of early Christian symbols.
  • Above, the king, protected by Isis, makes the offering of his anaglyph to Khonsu, who now wears the feathers that are more characteristic of Montu.



Pronunciation: /ˌanəˈɡlifik/
Example sentences
  • By doing this each eye is seeing only one part of the stereo pair used to make the anaglyphic image.
  • And when using the anaglyphic glasses, the 3D effect is added by the unsharp fore- and background objects.
  • A plasticon opened at the Rivoli theater in New York in 1922 which made novel use of the anaglyphic process.


Late 16th century (sense 2): from Greek anagluphē, from ana- 'up' + gluphē (from gluphein 'carve'). Sense 1 dates from the late 19th century.

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Syllabification: an·a·glyph

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