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transformation

Noun

1 a qualitative change [syn: transmutation, shift]
2 (mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system
3 a rule describing the conversion of one syntactic structure into another related syntactic structure
4 (genetics) modification of a cell or bacterium by the uptake and incorporation of exogenous DNA
5 the act of changing in form or shape or appearance; "a photograph is a translation of a scene onto a two-dimensional surface" [syn: translation]

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English

Pronunciation

trans·form·a·tion

Etymology

transform + -at(e) + -ion

Noun

  1. the act of transforming or the state of being transformed
  2. a marked change in appearance or character, especially one for the better
  3. the replacement of the variables in an algebraic expression by their values in terms of another set of variables; a mapping of one space onto another or onto itself; a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system
  4. a rule that systematically converts one syntactic form into another; a sentence derived by such a rule
  5. the alteration of a bacterial cell caused by the transfer of DNA from another, especially if pathogenic
  6. In the context of "politics|South Africa": ideologically driven government policy - becoming more conformant with socialist and African nationalist groupthink

Related terms

Translations

act of transforming

French

Pronunciation

Noun

transformation

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Swedish

Noun

transformation

Extensive Definition

Transformation (root transform) may refer to: Transformation is also referred to as a turn.
In science: In computing:
In fiction: In other subjects:
  • Change, especially extreme psychological or character change, as in the context and vocabulary of pop psychology.
  • Spiritual transformation
  • Transformation (philosophical), the shift in context and being that requires no change in circumstance.
  • Transformation (law), a principle that contributes to a finding of fair use in the United States.
  • Transformation design, a human-centered, interdisciplinary process that seeks to create desirable and sustainable changes in behavior and form – of individuals, systems and organizations – often for socially progressive ends.
  • Transformation (music), any operation or process that a composer or performer may apply to a musical variable.
  • Transformation (warfare), the introduction and use of seemingly revolutionary methods of mainly strategic nature to gain a permanent advantage over a perceived enemy.
  • Transformation (UK Company), A retail chain provising products and services to the transgender community.
  • Text Transformation (English Literature), the process of taking a foundation, or base text and changing it into a new genre, so that it can support itself without reference to the base text.
  • Transformation playing card, a type of playing card where the pips are incorporated into an artistic design.
  • Transformation Journal Transformation is an established journal serving as a forum for analysis and debate about South African society in transition, as well as the surrounding region, and the global context that affects southern African developments.
  • Transformation problem A theory of the value of commodities proposed by Karl Marx.
  • Transformation of culture How cultures worldwide are undergoing change due to internal and external forces.
transformation in German: Transformation
transformation in French: Transformation
transformation in Hebrew: טרנספוזיציה
transformation in Dutch: Transformatie
transformation in Polish: Transformacja
transformation in Russian: Трансформация
transformation in Swedish: Transformation

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