[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.
- 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.
Origin of transform
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1. 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
Electricity is transformable into magnetism; and, reciprocally, magnetism may change into electricity, into light.The Arena
Energy is convertible into other forms of energy, but heat, light, and electricity are not transformable into primary force.The Theistic Conception of the World
B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker
- 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
C14: from Latin transformāre, from trans- + formāre to form
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Word Origin and History for transformable
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