transformation

[trans-fer-mey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of transforming.
2.
the state of being transformed.
3.
change in form, appearance, nature, or character.
4.
Theater. a seemingly miraculous change in the appearance of scenery or actors in view of the audience.
5.
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.
6.
Mathematics.
a.
the act, process, or result of transforming or mapping.
b.
function ( def 4a ).
7.
Linguistics.
b.
the process by which deep structures are converted into surface structures using transformational rules.
8.
Genetics. the transfer of genetic material from one cell to another resulting in a genetic change in the recipient cell.
9.
a wig or hairpiece for a woman.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin trānsfōrmātiōn- (stem of trānsfōrmātiō) change of shape. See trans-, formation

transformational, adjective
nontransformation, noun
retransformation, noun
self-transformation, noun
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transformation (ˌtrænsfəˈmeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  a change or alteration, esp a radical one
2.  the act of transforming or the state of being transformed
3.  maths
 a.  a change in position or direction of the reference axes in a coordinate system without an alteration in their relative angle
 b.  an equivalent change in an expression or equation resulting from the substitution of one set of variables by another
4.  physics Compare transition 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
5.  linguistics another word for transformational rule
6.  an apparently miraculous change in the appearance of a stage set
7.  (in South Africa) a national strategy aimed at attaining national unity, promoting reconciliation through negotiated settlement and non-racism
 
transfor'mational
 
adj

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

  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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transformation   (trāns'fər-mā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Example sentences
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.
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