Definition of translation
1 : an act, process, or instance of translating: such asa : a rendering from one language into another; also : the product of such a renderingb : a change to a different substance, form, or appearance : conversionc (1) : a transformation of coordinates in which the new axes are parallel to the old ones (2) : uniform motion of a body in a straight line
2 : the process of forming a protein molecule at a ribosomal site of protein synthesis from information contained in messenger RNA — compare transcription 3
translationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of translation in a Sentence
She is working on a translation of the novel.
a new translation of the Iliad
There were English translations on the menu.
the translation of economic power into political strength
Recent Examples of translation from the Web
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The exhibits, mostly in Spanish with limited English translations, give visitors enough visuals that most are self-explanatory.
Atkins dabbled in scientific drawings in her early 20s, illustrating her father’s translation of Genera of Shells by Jean Baptiste Lamarck.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, asked about the matter at the G-7 gathering in Italy on Friday, confirmed the gist of Trump’s comments but indicated they’d been exaggerated due to a translation error.
Translation was provided by Nanda Scarambone, a freelance researcher.
The visceral physicality of its translation of light into silver is something that can be mimicked, but not matched, with digital technology.
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First Known Use of translation
TRANSLATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of translation for English Language Learners
: words that have been changed from one language into a different language : words that have been translated
: the act or process of translating something into a different language
: the act or process of changing something from one form to another
TRANSLATION Defined for Kids
Definition of translation for Students
: the act, process, or result of changing from one form or language into another
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