transformation

noun
trans·​for·​ma·​tion | \ ˌtran(t)s-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce transformation (audio) , -fȯr- \

Essential Meaning of transformation

: a complete or major change in someone's or something's appearance, form, etc. His appearance has undergone a complete transformation. [=his appearance has changed completely] The building underwent various transformations over the years. See More Examplesthe character's inner transformation an agent of transformationHide

Full 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
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 transformation
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The type of wild transformation Sjón loves to write about — all these creatures unpredictably changing states — also applies to his own work. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 The past two years of remote work reveal that for chief information officers, architects of enterprisewide technology transformation, few tools are as important as a decent computer and phone. Cio Journal, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 What does a chief transformation officer do, exactly? Fortune, 4 Jan. 2022 Often, in digital transformation projects, the next concern after validation is scalability. Tooba Durraze, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 With yards of garland, hundreds of lights and thousands of dollars in decorations, Alvarez's house transformation was underway. Janet Shamlian, CBS News, 23 Dec. 2021 One other transformation diners will notice when visiting Addison this winter is a change in its menu. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Dec. 2021 Along with Toyota, the Korean company sees fuel-cell technology as key to the world’s clean-energy transformation. Heejin Kim, Bloomberg.com, 30 Nov. 2021 Hidden in plain sight, the palace is now at the heart of a grand urban transformation project that will celebrate cultural heritage while also greening the city to help fight climate change. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of transformation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of transformation was in the 15th century

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“Transformation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transformation. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for transformation

transformation

noun
trans·​for·​ma·​tion | \ ˌtrans-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce transformation (audio) \

Kids Definition of transformation

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

transformation

noun
trans·​for·​ma·​tion | \ ˌtran(t)s-fər-ˈmā-shən, -fȯr- How to pronounce transformation (audio) \

Medical Definition of transformation

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

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