Definition of transformation
2 : false hair worn especially by a woman to replace or supplement natural hair
3a (1) : the operation of changing (as by rotation or mapping) one configuration or expression into another in accordance with a mathematical rule; especially : a change of variables or coordinates in which a function of new variables or coordinates is substituted for each original variable or coordinate (2) : the formula that effects a transformationb : function 5ac : an operation that converts (as by insertion, deletion, or permutation) one grammatical string (such as a sentence) into another; also : a formal statement of such an operation
4 : genetic modification of a bacterium by incorporation of free DNA from another bacterial cell; also : genetic modification of a cell by the uptake and incorporation of exogenous DNA
Examples of transformation in a sentence
The building underwent various transformations over the years.
<a raven-haired starlet who underwent an attention-getting transformation and showed up at the awards ceremony as a blonde>
First Known Use of transformation
TRANSFORMATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of transformation for English Language Learners
: a complete or major change in someone's or something's appearance, form, etc.
TRANSFORMATION Defined for Kids
Definition of transformation for Students
: the act or process of changing completely : a complete change
Medical Definition of transformation
2a: genetic modification of a bacterium by incorporation of free DNA from another ruptured bacterial cell—compare transduction 2b: genetic modification of a cell by the uptake and incorporation of exogenous DNA
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