[ trans-ley-shuhn, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈleɪ ʃən, trænz- /
Save This Word!

Definition of translation

"Is" it time for a new quiz? "Are" you ready? Then prove your excellent skills on using "is" vs. "are."
Question 1 of 7
IS and ARE are both forms of which verb?

Idioms about translation

    lose something in translation. See entry at lose in translation.

Origin of translation

First recorded in 1300–50; from Latin trānslātiōn- (stem of trānslātiō ) “a transferring,” equivalent to trānslāt(us) (see translate) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English translacioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin, as above

synonym study for translation

2. Translation , paraphrase , version refer to a rewording of something. A translation is a rendering of the same ideas in a different language from the original: a translation from Greek into English. A paraphrase is a free rendering of the sense of a passage in other words, usually in the same language: a paraphrase of a poem. A version is a translation, especially of the Bible, or else an account of something illustrating a particular point of view: the Douay Version.

OTHER WORDS FROM translation

trans·la·tion·al, adjectivetrans·la·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·trans·la·tion, nounre·trans·la·tion, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use translation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for translation

/ (trænsˈleɪʃən, trænz-) /

something that is or has been translated, esp a written text
the act of translating or the state of being translated
maths a transformation in which the origin of a coordinate system is moved to another position so that each axis retains the same direction or, equivalently, a figure or curve is moved so that it retains the same orientation to the axes

Derived forms of translation

translational, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for translation

[ trăns-lāshən, trănz- ]

The act or process of translating, especially from one language into another.
The state of being translated.
A translated version of a text.
The process by which mRNA, tRNA, and ribosomes effect the production of a protein molecule from amino acids, the specificity of synthesis being controlled by the base sequences of the mRNA.
Movement of a tooth through alveolar bone without change in axial inclination.

Other words from translation

trans•lation•al adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for translation

[ trăns-lāshən ]

Biochemistry The process in the ribosomes of a cell by which a strand of messenger RNA directs the assembly of a sequence of amino acids to make a protein. Compare transcription.
Physics Motion of a body in which every point of the body moves parallel to and the same distance as every other point of the body.
Mathematics The changing of the coordinates of points to coordinates that are referred to new axes that are parallel to the old axes.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.