[verb trans-fur, trans-fer; noun, adjective trans-fer]
- to convey or remove from one place, person, etc., to another: He transferred the package from one hand to the other.
- to cause to pass from one person to another, as thought, qualities, or power; transmit.
- Law. to make over the possession or control of: to transfer a title to land.
- to imprint, impress, or otherwise convey (a drawing, design, pattern, etc.) from one surface to another.
- to remove oneself from one place to another: to transfer from the New York office to London.
- to withdraw from one school, college, or the like, and enter another: I transferred from Rutgers to Tulane.
- to be moved from one place to another: to transfer to overseas duty.
- to change by means of a transfer from one bus, train, or the like, to another.
- a means or system of transferring.
- an act of transferring.
- the fact of being transferred.
- a point or place for transferring.
- a ticket entitling a passenger to continue a journey on another bus, train, or the like.
- a drawing, design, pattern, or the like, that is or may be transferred from one surface to another, usually by direct contact.
- a person who changes or is changed from one college, military unit, business department, etc., to another.
- Law. a conveyance, by sale, gift, or otherwise, of real or personal property, to another.
- Finance. the act of having the ownership of a stock or registered bond transferred.
- Also called transfer of training. Psychology. the positive or negative influence of prior learning on subsequent learning.Compare generalization(def 4).
- Also called language transfer. Linguistics. the application of native-language rules in attempted performance in a second language, in some cases resulting in deviations from target-language norms and in other cases facilitating second-language acquisition.
- of, relating to, or involving transfer payments.
Origin of transfer
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Examples from the Web for transferring
The administration insisted it was stymied by congressional restrictions on transferring detainees out of Guantanamo.Congress Cooperates, Obama Pushes Hard, and Closing Gitmo Has a Chance
December 12, 2013
But if we're talking about transferring land through economic projects, then we're not ready to do so.How The Pro-Israel Right Got Hagel And Kerry Backwards
April 25, 2013
However, I am afraid I have gotten very iffy about transferring all of my accounts into one place.A Declaration of Financial Independence
February 26, 2013
One big obstacle is the increasingly stringent requirements Congress has imposed on transferring detainees to a third country.The Unending Gitmo Nightmare
February 13, 2013
But now in Haiti, transferring emergency relief aid via mobile phones has allowed governments and NGOs to track their aid flows.5 Ways to Put Global Poverty Back on (Whichever) President’s Agenda
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September 22, 2012
Now was he not transferring something else from the mother to the child?A Spirit in Prison
"The Commander has been transferring them in vain for four months," he said.A Tangled Tale
During the time of transferring the baggage, I had to carry the money for safe keeping.Old Rail Fence Corners
He had taken the sketch two days before and was now transferring it on to canvas.A Girl of the Commune
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The process of transferring bees to my hives, is performed as follows.Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee
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- to change or go or cause to change or go from one thing, person, or point to anotherthey transferred from the Park Hotel to the Imperial; she transferred her affections to her dog
- to change (buses, trains, etc)
- law to make over (property, etc) to another; convey
- to displace (a drawing, design, etc) from one surface to another
- (of a football player, esp a professional) to change clubs or (of a club, manager, etc) to sell or release (a player) to another club
- to leave one school, college, etc, and enrol at another
- to change (the meaning of a word, etc), esp by metaphorical extension
- the act, process, or system of transferring, or the state of being transferred
- a person or thing that transfers or is transferred
- (as modifier)a transfer student
- a design or drawing that is transferred from one surface to another, as by ironing a printed design onto cloth
- law the passing of title to property or other right from one person to another by act of the parties or by operation of law; conveyance
- the act of transferring the title of ownership to shares or registered bonds in the books of the issuing enterprise
- (as modifier)transfer deed; transfer form
- any document or form effecting or regulating a transfer
- mainly US and Canadian a ticket that allows a passenger to change routes
C14: from Latin transferre, from trans- + ferre to carry
Word Origin and History for transferring
1670s, from transfer (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The conveyance or removal of something from one place to another.
- A condition in which learning in one situation influences learning in another situation. It may be positive, as when learning one behavior facilitates the learning of something else, or negative, as when one habit interferes with the acquisition of a later one.
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