Definition of metamorphic in English:


Syllabification: met·a·mor·phic
Pronunciation: /ˈmetəˈmôrfik


  • 1 Geology Denoting rock that has undergone transformation by heat, pressure, or other natural agencies, e.g., in the folding of strata or the nearby intrusion of igneous rocks.
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    • Paleoproterozoic igneous and metamorphic rocks along with Paleozoic sedimentary rocks make up the basement complex of the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado.
    • Most of these are on igneous and metamorphic rock to minimize groundwater losses.
    • The basement of the Precordillera and Chilenia terranes are Grenville-age igneous and metamorphic rocks.
  • 2Of or marked by metamorphosis: the shift from dead stillness to hurricane-force winds was as metamorphic as Jekyll to Hyde
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    • As reported earlier, there is a sect among the spider group that has metamorphic ability.
    • Her nose was buried so deeply into a book on metamorphic abilities; she did not hear the knock at the large cedar double doors, which led into the library from the great hall.
    • Carl was born in the Netherlands in 1898 and died in 1972, but his distorted, repetitive and metamorphic artwork continues to inspire people and fascinated the pupils.


early 19th century: from meta- (denoting a change of condition) + Greek morphē 'form' + -ic.

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