transformation

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noun trans·for·ma·tion \ˌtran(t)s-fər-ˈmā-shən, -fȯr-\

Definition of transformation

  1. 1 :  an act, process, or instance of transforming or being transformed

  2. 2 :  false hair worn especially by a woman to replace or supplement natural hair

  3. 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. 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

  1. The building underwent various transformations over the years.

  2. a raven-haired starlet who underwent an attention-getting transformation and showed up at the awards ceremony as a blonde

15th Century

First Known Use of transformation

15th century


TRANSFORMATION Defined for English Language Learners

transformation

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noun trans·for·ma·tion \ˌtran(t)s-fər-ˈmā-shən, -fȯr-\

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

transformation

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noun trans·for·ma·tion \ˌtrans-fər-ˈmā-shən\

Definition of transformation for Students

  1. :  the act or process of changing completely :  a complete change


Medical Dictionary

transformation

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noun trans·for·ma·tion \ˌtran(t)s-fər-ˈmā-shən, -fȯr-\

Medical Definition of transformation

  1. 1:  an act, process, or instance of transforming or being transformed—see malignant transformation

  2. 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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