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metamorphic rock

[¦med·ə¦mȯr·fik ′räk]
(petrology)
A rock formed from preexisting solid rocks by mineralogical, structural, and chemical changes, in response to extreme changes in temperature, pressure, and shearing stress.

metamorphic rock

Rock which has been altered in appearance, density, and crystalline structure (and in some cases mineral composition) by high temperature and/or high pressure; e.g., slate is a metamorphic rock derived from shale.
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"His embarrassment has metamorphosized into anger," Tucker says of Beau's reaction to Margaret's delicate offer to listen if he ever wants to talk about his feelings.
Pitkin states that by the time Arendt wrote The Origins of Totalitarianism, the social had metamorphosized from an account of parvenu behavior into a causal account of totalitarianism.
Richard Reeves, old tad reporter of the finest kind, tells us in salty, joyous prose exactly how and why journalism has metamorphosized. No fooling around.
Even if accepted at face value, this rationalization is less than compelling, especially when it is recognized how the desire for "stability" quickly metamorphosized into support for political repression.
"The sum effect of the Reformation and subsequent political developments was to leave Catholics as a body disadvantaged, leaderless, and insecure--a position that was intensified throughout the nineteenth century."(51) Discriminated against and removed from the bases of socio-political and economic power,(52) Catholics became politically and culturally isolated from the Protestant majority.(53) Catholic separateness, however, eventually provided a locus for political action.(54) The Protestant-driven Kulturkampf(55) united Catholics and metamorphosized the Catholic Center Party into one of the most powerful parties throughout the Wilhelmarian era and during the rise of the Third Reich.(56)
When the tourists flew in our island people metamorphosized into a grotesque carnival - a two-week sideshow
The political program of the New Deal metamorphosized into the judicial program of the Warren Court, and the legacy of both has come down to us.
The raggedy playground Eliza Doolittle had metamorphosized into My Fair Lady.
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The concepts and words used to explicate the mystery of the Trinity and the Incarnation were metamorphosized. That is why it is true to say that Christian thought enriched the philosophical treasure of Greek culture and had a decisive influence upon the development of western philosophy.
Cold coffee has metamorphosized. It has re-emerged as Granita.
This loss, however, has primarily come from the transfer of sales to the discount department store segment which, in its contemporary format, is almost entirely chained and which, as in the case of K-Mart, includes some metamorphosized variety stores.