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transform

[v. trans-fawrm; n. trans-fawrm] /v. trænsˈfɔrm; n. ˈtræns fɔrm/
verb (used with object)
1.
to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose.
2.
to change in condition, nature, or character; convert.
3.
to change into another substance; transmute.
4.
Electricity.
  1. to increase or decrease (the voltage and current characteristics of an alternating-current circuit), as by means of a transformer.
  2. to decrease (the voltage and current characteristics of a direct-current circuit), as by means of a transformer.
5.
Mathematics. to change the form of (a figure, expression, etc.) without in general changing the value.
6.
Physics. to change into another form of energy.
verb (used without object)
7.
to undergo a change in form, appearance, or character; become transformed.
noun
8.
Mathematics.
  1. a mathematical quantity obtained from a given quantity by an algebraic, geometric, or functional transformation.
  2. the transformation itself.
9.
the result of a transformation.
10.
a transformation.
11.
Logic. transformation (def 5).
12.
Linguistics. a structure derived by a transformation.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English transformen < Latin trānsfōrmāre to change in shape. See trans-, form
Related forms
transformable, adjective
transformative, adjective
intertransformable, adjective
nontransforming, adjective
retransform, verb (used with object)
self-transformed, adjective
untransformable, adjective
untransformative, adjective
untransformed, adjective
untransforming, adjective
Synonyms
1. transfigure. T ransform , convert mean to change one thing into another. T ransform suggests changing from one form, appearance, structure, or type to another: to transform soybeans into oil and meal by pressure. C onvert suggests so changing the characteristics as to change the use or purpose: to convert a barn into a house.
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  • These viruses then move from one cell to the next, transforming each new host into a factory that makes even more virus.
  • transforming the human footprint and saving the last of the wild.
  • According to the textbooks, transduction within the skin is transforming physical energy to neural energy.
  • Multiple cruise-ship crowds can also overwhelm an island, transforming it.
  • Wildfire advances by transforming vegetation into fuel.
  • Smartphones and tablets are transforming the future of health care.
  • New methods are transforming past failures, and the results seem far more promising this go-round.
  • The engineers were successful, transforming a potential disaster into a legend of effective teamwork.
  • Collision-deterring navigation systems are key to transforming highways into skyways.
  • As the population of menhaden declines, algal blooms have proliferated, transforming some inshore waters into dead zones.
British Dictionary definitions for transforming

transform

verb (trænsˈfɔːm)
1.
to alter or be altered radically in form, function, etc
2.
(transitive) to convert (one form of energy) to another form
3.
(transitive) (maths) to change the form of (an equation, expression, etc) by a mathematical transformation
4.
(transitive) to increase or decrease (an alternating current or voltage) using a transformer
noun (ˈtrænsˌfɔːm)
5.
(maths) the result of a mathematical transformation, esp (of a matrix or an element of a group) another related to the given one by B=X–1AX for some appropriate X
Derived Forms
transformable, adjective
transformative, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin transformāre, from trans- + formāre to form
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Word Origin and History for transforming

transform

v.

mid-14c., from Old French transformer, from Latin transformare "change the shape or form of," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + formare "to form" (see form (v.)). Related: Transformed; transforming.

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