[ trans-ley-shuhn, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈleɪ ʃən, trænz- /
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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.Compare genetic code.
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Idioms about translation
lose something in translation. See entry at lose in translation.
Origin of translation
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 translationtrans·la·tion·al, adjectivetrans·la·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·trans·la·tion, nounre·trans·la·tion, noun
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How to use translation in a sentence
Built-in translation in Safari is a nice step toward taking on Chrome — Google has been a longtime leader in translation services.macOS Big Sur is now available|Brian Heater|November 12, 2020|TechCrunch
We commissioned a translation of the articles into plain language, which is intended to make information more understandable for people with intellectual disabilities.Editors’ Note: Why We Investigated the Treatment of People With Developmental Disabilities|by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Jill Jorden Spitz, Arizona Daily Star|November 5, 2020|ProPublica
Up until now, its text-filled Famicom version never got an official translation and release for Western audiences.Nintendo’s new translation tune? What a Fire Emblem re-release means in 2020|Sam Machkovech|October 22, 2020|Ars Technica
Simple conversations interrupted by internet failures or lost in translation.AI Reads Human Emotions. Should it?|Tate Ryan-Mosley|October 14, 2020|MIT Technology Review
For example, distributed intelligence—that is, AI spread across channels to power applications such as real-time language translation.The future of mobile AI|Casey Sullivan|October 7, 2020|MIT Technology Review
It is not thus with other forms of energy than the translational.The Machinery of the Universe|Amos Emerson Dolbear
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 translationtranslational, adjective
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Scientific definitions for translation
[ trăns-lā′shən ]
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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