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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Talk about your snazzy transformation: it’s where the Monte Carlo’s old sports book used to be. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Everything you need to know about Las Vegas’ latest reinvention, from Eataly to Lady Gaga and the NoMad," 9 Sep. 2019 Below, check out her head-turning hair transformations. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Amber Rose Shows Off Her Growing Baby Bump and Beautiful Black Hair," 29 Aug. 2019 While details are still scarce, Harrelson’s Kasady is expected to make his transformation into Venom’s arch-nemesis, Carnage. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Andy Serkis Take 'Venom 2' in a Darker Direction?," 8 Aug. 2019 In his dressing room, Chris Maddox makes a final check of his transformation into Elvis before taking the Starlight Bowl stage this past Saturday. David Laurell, Burbank Leader, "On the Town: Elvis tribute artist brings the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll to life," 29 July 2019 One of the main plot lines is Pence’s transformation as well. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "Book describes Mike Pence's evolution into Trump's bootlicking `Bobblehead'," 26 July 2019 Ironically, the ultimate effect of this case-by-case problem solving may be the transformation of human reasoning and decision making. The Atlantic, "The Metamorphosis," 11 July 2019 The country’s experience provides a fresh perspective on its digital transformation and demonstrates that technology can help modernise the financial system as well as also support greater financial inclusion. Selin Ozyurt, Quartz Africa, "Ghana is now the fastest-growing mobile money market in Africa," 9 July 2019 Having only just debuted blonde bangs a couple weeks earlier, the red was a totally unexpected transformation for the 22-year-old star. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Zendaya's Copper Curls And Golden Goddess Dress Will Give You Life," 5 July 2019

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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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