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[trans-fer-mey-shuh n] /ˌtræns fərˈmeɪ ʃən/
the act or process of transforming.
the state of being transformed.
change in form, appearance, nature, or character.
Theater. a seemingly miraculous change in the appearance of scenery or actors in view of the audience.
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.
  1. the act, process, or result of transforming or mapping.
  2. function (def 4a).
  1. transformational rule.
  2. the process by which deep structures are converted into surface structures using transformational rules.
Genetics. the transfer of genetic material from one cell to another resulting in a genetic change in the recipient cell.
a wig or hairpiece for a woman.
Origin of transformation
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin trānsfōrmātiōn- (stem of trānsfōrmātiō) change of shape. See trans-, formation
Related forms
transformational, adjective
nontransformation, noun
retransformation, noun
self-transformation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for transformational
  • It was a transformational experience that will shape the second half of my walk through life.
  • Renewable fuel sourcing is the first part of a transformational process.
  • They are at best an incremental solution rather than a transformational solution.
  • The university's big thinking puts it well ahead of the pack for the transformational times ahead.
  • After all, decades of movies have convinced us that going to college is an electric, transformational experience.
  • In this lies a potentially transformational opening.
  • It is rare that a single building can be judged a transformational work.
  • Private-equity firms now wield much of the transformational power at the heart of the capitalist system.
  • The mining giants have instead concentrated on organic growth and smaller bolt-on acquisitions rather than transformational deals.
  • One way to treat this claim is as a mathematical claim about formal or transformational equivalence.
British Dictionary definitions for transformational


a change or alteration, esp a radical one
the act of transforming or the state of being transformed
  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
(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-particle Compare transition (sense 5)
(linguistics) another word for transformational rule
an apparently miraculous change in the appearance of a stage set
(in South Africa) a national strategy aimed at attaining national unity, promoting reconciliation through negotiated settlement and non-racism
Derived Forms
transformational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for transformational

1857, from transformation + -al (1).



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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transformational in Medicine

transformation trans·for·ma·tion (trāns'fər-mā'shən, -fôr-)

  1. See metamorphosis.

  2. The genetic alteration of a bacterial cell by introduction of DNA from another cell or from a virus.

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transformational in Science
  1. The genetic alteration of a bacteria cell by the introduction of DNA from another cell or from a virus. Plasmids, which contain extrachromosomal DNA, are used to transform bacteria in recombinant DNA research.

  2. The change undergone by an animal cell upon infection by a cancer-causing virus.

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