transform [ verb trans- fawrm; noun trans-fawrm] Synonyms Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for transform on Thesaurus.com 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. verb (used without object) 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 1300–50; Middle English transformen
to change in shape. See
form Related forms trans·form·a·ble, adjective trans·form·a·tive, adjective in·ter·trans·form·a·ble, adjective non·trans·form·ing, adjective re·trans·form, verb (used with object) self-trans·formed, adjective un·trans·form·a·ble, adjective un·trans·form·a·tive, adjective un·trans·formed, adjective un·trans·form·ing, adjective Synonyms for transform See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com 1
mean to change one thing into another. T
suggests changing from one form, appearance, structure, or type to another:
to transform soybeans into oil and meal by pressure.
suggests so changing the characteristics as to change the use or purpose:
to convert a barn into a house.
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Related Words for transformable flexible
impressionable Examples from the Web for transformable Historical Examples of transformable
transformable into magnetism; and, reciprocally, magnetism may change into electricity, into light.
Energy is convertible into other forms of energy, but heat, light, and electricity are not
transformable into primary force. British Dictionary definitions for transformable 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 Derived Forms transformable, adjective transformative, adjective Word Origin for transform
C14: from Latin
transformāre, from trans- + formāre to form
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Word Origin and History for transformable transform v.
mid-14c., from Old French
transformer, from Latin transformare "change the shape or form of," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + formare "to form" (see form (v.)). Related: Transformed; transforming.
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