[trans-fer-mey-shuh n]


Origin of transformation

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin trānsfōrmātiōn- (stem of trānsfōrmātiō) change of shape. See trans-, formation
Related formstrans·for·ma·tion·al, adjectivenon·trans·for·ma·tion, nounre·trans·for·ma·tion, nounself-trans·for·ma·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of transformation

Historical Examples of transformation

  • Mr. Roberts, at least, was prepared to appreciate its transformation.

  • But you are so lost in your news that you have not observed my transformation.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • So far as the man's head and face went, the transformation was perfect.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Davenport had a letter from you before he—before any transformation could have begun.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • One touch with a sword of state, and the transformation was effected.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for transformation



a change or alteration, esp a radical one
the act of transforming or the state of being transformed
  1. a change in position or direction of the reference axes in a coordinate system without an alteration in their relative angle
  2. an equivalent change in an expression or equation resulting from the substitution of one set of variables by another
physics a change in an atomic nucleus to a different nuclide as the result of the emission of either an alpha-particle or a beta-particleCompare transition (def. 5)
linguistics another word for transformational rule
an apparently miraculous change in the appearance of a stage set
(in South Africa) a national strategy aimed at attaining national unity, promoting reconciliation through negotiated settlement and non-racism
Derived Formstransformational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for transformation

c.1400, from Old French transformation and directly from Latin transformationem (nominative transformatio), noun of action from past participle stem of transformare (see transform).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

transformation in Medicine




The genetic alteration of a bacterial cell by introduction of DNA from another cell or from a virus.
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transformation in Science



The genetic alteration of a bacteria cell by the introduction of DNA from another cell or from a virus. Plasmids, which contain extrachromosomal DNA, are used to transform bacteria in recombinant DNA research.
The change undergone by an animal cell upon infection by a cancer-causing virus.
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