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.
Idioms about translation
- trans·la·tion·al, adjective
- trans·la·tion·al·ly, adverb
- pre·trans·la·tion, noun
- re·trans·la·tion, noun
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How to use translation in a sentence
When Mulan returns to the imperial court, the emperor offers her prizes and promotions, but Mulan asks only for a steed — in some translations a horse, in others a donkey — so that she can go back home to her family.The history of Mulan, from a 6th-century ballad to the live-action Disney movie | Constance Grady | September 4, 2020 | Vox
Nevertheless, this complicated shape allowed the three researchers to access the rich theory of translation surfaces.Mathematicians Report New Discovery About the Dodecahedron | Erica Klarreich | August 31, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
“The conditions are being formed in the country in which a tech business cannot function,” the letter reads, according to a translation from Radio Free Europe.Belarus’s crackdown could squash Minsk’s budding tech sector | Nicolás Rivero | August 20, 2020 | Quartz
For instance, it has a strategic agreement with Alibaba Cloud to embed its translation services in the company’s technology.
At face value, it might look like its services are used to improve translation quality, but in reality they are also used to build other products, including products connected to national security work.
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? | Jay Parini | December 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The translation agency only advertises for girls with “no complexes”: code for being prepared to bed the client.
A look at the new translation of the works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun | Katie Baker | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
translation: What plays to the base is not what plays to the middle.Is Caring About Climate Change an Essential Part of LGBT Identity? | Jay Michaelson | September 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
CNN did the helpful translation for us, though: Duck Dynasty was simply too profitable for A&E to halt filming.Phil Robertson’s Despicable AIDS Argument Should Be the Last Straw | Kevin Fallon | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the following words, the vowels have no figure value, hence in translation are never counted.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Christopher Smart, an English poet and miscellaneous writer, died; known by a popular translation of Horace.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
His sayings come to us through several hands, and through more than one translation.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Messrs. Thomas Nelson and Sons have generously co-operated in permitting the use of the best translation.His Last Week | William E. Barton
The translation should be compared with the original F. text, as given below it.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
British Dictionary definitions for translation
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
- translational, adjective
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Scientific definitions for translation
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.
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