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skeuomorph

Syllabification: skeu·o·morph
Pronunciation: /ˈskyo͞oōˌmôrf
 
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Definition of skeuomorph in English:

noun

1An object or feature that imitates the design of a similar artifact made from another material: the pottery box with a square lid is a skeuomorph of a twilled basketry container
More example sentences
  • It is accepted that much of the ornament on Irish and Pictish sculpture represents stone skeuomorphs of jewelled, metal-encased wooden crosses.
  • The brown fabric, the smooth finish, and the decoration, all combine to give the effect of a stitched leather vessel, of which this is no doubt a skeuomorph.
  • First-generation skeuomorphs are close mimics, even fakes. Second-generation skeuomorphs abandon any serious attempt at deception.
1.1 Computing An element of a graphical user interface that mimics a physical object: note-taking apps offer skeuomorphs of yellow legal pads, squared paper, ring binders, etc. when you first load up the app, you’ll be presented with a skeuomorph of a photo album
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  • If skeuomorphs do not help the user accomplish their goals, then they are more design than is necessary, and should be omitted.
  • Detractors say skeuomorphs represent the triumph of familiarity over function.
  • As these real-life analogs to Apple's skeuomorphs become less prevalent, these metaphors will be less and less useful to users.

Origin

late 19th century: from Greek skeuos 'container, implement' + morphē 'form'.

Derivatives

skeuomorphic

1
Pronunciation: /ˌskyo͞oəˈmôrfik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Some slabs seem to depict wooden crosses complete with skeuomorphic wooden features such as the carpenter's nail heads.
  • That's really the main advantage of skeuomorphic designs: they remind us of stuff we already know, and stuff we already know feels comfortable.
  • Another irritation with the skeuomorphic approach is that it quickly looks dated as the analog counterparts become obsolete.

skeuomorphism

2
Pronunciation: /ˌskyo͞oəˈmôrˌfizəm/
noun
Example sentences
  • There is nothing intrinsically wrong with skeuomorphs: the whole of classical architecture (wood represented in stone) is based on skeuomorphism, as is most software interaction.
  • The advent of textured screens and web pages promises a whole new wave of skeuomorphism: that leather binding will not only look like leather, it will feel like it too.
  • I'm not a fan of Apple-style skeuomorphism, but I guess icons have to resemble something other than bits of data interacting with other bits of data.

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