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Definition of "metamorphic" [met•a•mor•phic]

  • Of, relating to, or characterized by metamorphosis. (adjective)
  • Geology Changed in structure or composition as a result of metamorphism. Used of rock. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "metamorphic" in a sentence
  • "In its more limited sense, the term metamorphic is confined to those changes of the rock which are produced, not by the effect of the atmosphere or of water on the exposed surfaces, but which are produced, directly or indirectly, by agencies seated in the interior of the earth."
  • "Rocks modified in this way are termed metamorphic rocks."
  • "The conception of rocks as representing phases or stages in a progressive series of changes called the metamorphic cycle aids greatly in correlating and holding in mind many details of rock nature and origin, and brings into some sort of perspective the conditions which have produced rocks."