- the rendering of something into another language or into one's own from another language.
- a version of such a rendering: a new translation of Plato.
- change or conversion to another form, appearance, etc.; transformation: a swift translation of thought into action.
- the act or process of translating.
- the state of being translated.
- Mechanics. motion in which all particles of a body move with the same velocity along parallel paths.
- Telegraphy. the retransmitting or forwarding of a message, as by relay.
- a function obtained from a given function by adding the same constant to each value of the variable of the given function and moving the graph of the function a constant distance to the right or left.
- a transformation in which every point of a geometric figure is moved the same distance in the same direction.
- Genetics. the process by which a messenger RNA molecule specifies the linear sequence of amino acids on a ribosome for protein synthesis.
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Examples from the Web for translation
One is, of course, inevitably up against the problem of translation when speaking of names.Does Pope Francis Believe Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?
December 7, 2014
The translation agency only advertises for girls with “no complexes”: code for being prepared to bed the client.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
Translation: What plays to the base is not what plays to the middle.Is Caring About Climate Change an Essential Part of LGBT Identity?
September 21, 2014
In a vacuum (translation: but for Obama), this could be a killer year for Democrats.Biggest Midterm Issue? The Obamaphant in the Living Room
September 7, 2014
There are minor syntactic errors throughout the study, presumably due to translation.Palestinian Kids’ PTSD Could Last Generations
August 18, 2014
The play is simply superb, in spite of the faults of the translation.
Adams answered, "he had never read any translation of the classicks."Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
The text of that edition has been used for the present translation.
Some examples from both are given in the notes to this translation.
The service was in Hebrew: but I had a book with a translation of it.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
- 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
Word Origin and History for translation
mid-14c., "removal of a saint's body or relics to a new place," also "rendering of a text from one language to another," from Old French translation (12c.) or directly from Latin translationem, noun of action from past participle stem of transferre (see transfer).
- 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.
- 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.