transformation

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

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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

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Macron wants Europe to lead the way toward more multilateralism, as opposed to isolationism, to address the worlds' challenges like migration, climate change, digital transformation and inequalities. Sylvie Corbet, Fox News, "How Macron won Trump's friendship, failed to influence him," 31 Aug. 2018 Wilson has studied this transformation and its endless iterations for years. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Mindfulness is not just a buzzword, it's a multibillion dollar industry. Here's the truth about the hype," 2 July 2018 After undergoing a dramatic transformation and dropping 300 lbs. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Mama June Struggles to Squeeze Into Size 8 Dress After Gaining Weight Back: 'It's Going to Pop!'," 15 June 2018 Outspoken and public-minded, entrepreneurial and egalitarian, these students grew up in an era of social transformation and digital connection. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Graduation in an age of innovation — and uncertainty," 10 June 2018 The piece looks at birth, transformation, and death through an Azerbaijani folktale. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Classical concerts: 'Star Wars' at the Mann, Curtis Summerfest, 'Fred' the organ at Kimmel, more," 6 June 2018 Milwaukee historian John Gurda will discuss Milwaukee transformations and their relation to the Muskego area. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Get dirty at Mukwonago High School June 2 in the mud run," 28 May 2018 Of course, investors in Jawbone and Webvan were also promised transformation and ended up with nothing. Zachary Karabell, WIRED, "Elon Musk's Ire Reveals a Wall Street-Silicon Valley Divide," 5 May 2018 The goal is to become more efficient and lower costs, said Gordon Birrell, BP’s chief operating officer for production, transformation and carbon. Houston Chronicle, "BP unleashing robot army to improve performance, safety," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of transformation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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transformation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of transformation

: a complete or major change in someone's or something's appearance, form, etc.

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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