# transform

[verb trans-fawrm; noun trans-fawrm]

- to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose.
- to change in condition, nature, or character; convert.
- to change into another substance; transmute.
- Electricity.
- to increase or decrease (the voltage and current characteristics of an alternating-current circuit), as by means of a transformer.
- to decrease (the voltage and current characteristics of a direct-current circuit), as by means of a transformer.

- Mathematics. to change the form of (a figure, expression, etc.) without in general changing the value.
- Physics. to change into another form of energy.

- to undergo a change in form, appearance, or character; become transformed.

- Mathematics.
- a mathematical quantity obtained from a given quantity by an algebraic, geometric, or functional transformation.
- the transformation itself.

- the result of a transformation.
- a transformation.
- Logic. transformation(def 5).
- Linguistics. a structure derived by a transformation.

## Origin of transform^{}

## Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com1. transfigure. T ransform , convert mean to change one thing into another. T ransform suggests changing from one form, appearance, structure, or type to another: to transform soybeans into oil and meal by pressure. C onvert suggests so changing the characteristics as to change the use or purpose: to convert a barn into a house.

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## Examples from the Web for transformable

### Historical Examples

#### Electricity is transformable into magnetism; and, reciprocally, magnetism may change into electricity, into light.

The ArenaVarious

#### Energy is convertible into other forms of energy, but heat, light, and electricity are not transformable into primary force.

The Theistic Conception of the WorldB. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker

# transform

- to alter or be altered radically in form, function, etc
- (tr) to convert (one form of energy) to another form
- (tr) maths to change the form of (an equation, expression, etc) by a mathematical transformation
- (tr) to increase or decrease (an alternating current or voltage) using a transformer

- maths the result of a mathematical transformation, esp (of a matrix or an element of a group) another related to the given one by B = X –1 AX for some appropriate X

## Word Origin

C14: from Latin transformāre, from trans- + formāre to form

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## Word Origin and History for transformable

# transform

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