transformation

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

Definition of transformation

1 :an act, process, or instance of transforming or being transformed
2 :false hair worn especially by a woman to replace or supplement natural hair
3 a (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 transformation
b :function 5a
c :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

  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

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First Known Use of transformation

15th century


TRANSFORMATION Defined for Kids

transformation

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

Definition of transformation for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

transformation

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

medical Definition of transformation

1 :an act, process, or instance of transforming or being transformed — see malignant transformation
2 a :genetic modification of a bacterium by incorporation of free DNA from another ruptured bacterial cell — compare transduction 2
b :genetic modification of a cell by the uptake and incorporation of exogenous DNA


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