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[trans-fer-mey-shuh n]
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  1. the act or process of transforming.
  2. the state of being transformed.
  3. change in form, appearance, nature, or character.
  4. Theater. a seemingly miraculous change in the appearance of scenery or actors in view of the audience.
  5. Logic. Also called transform. one of a set of algebraic formulas used to express the relations between elements, sets, etc., that form parts of a given system.
  6. Mathematics.
    1. the act, process, or result of transforming or mapping.
    2. function(def 4a).
  7. Linguistics.
    1. transformational rule.
    2. the process by which deep structures are converted into surface structures using transformational rules.
  8. Genetics. the transfer of genetic material from one cell to another resulting in a genetic change in the recipient cell.
  9. a wig or hairpiece for a woman.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • 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


  1. a change or alteration, esp a radical one
  2. the act of transforming or the state of being transformed
  3. maths
    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
  4. 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)
  5. linguistics another word for transformational rule
  6. an apparently miraculous change in the appearance of a stage set
  7. (in South Africa) a national strategy aimed at attaining national unity, promoting reconciliation through negotiated settlement and non-racism
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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).

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