Meaning of TRANSFORMATION in English


— transformational , adj.

/trans'feuhr may"sheuhn/ , n.

1. the act or process of transforming.

2. the state of being transformed.

3. change in form, appearance, nature, or character.

4. Theat. a seemingly miraculous change in the appearance of scenery or actors in view of the audience.

5. Logic. Also called transform . one of a set of algebraic formulas used to express the relations between elements, sets, etc., that form parts of a given system.

6. Math.

a. the act, process, or result of transforming or mapping.

b. function (def. 4a).

7. Ling.

a. See transformational rule .

b. the process by which deep structures are converted into surface structures using transformational rules.

8. Genetics. the transfer of genetic material from one cell to another resulting in a genetic change in the recipient cell.

9. a wig or hairpiece for a woman.

[ 1400-50; late ME transformation- (s. of transformatio ) change of shape. See TRANS-, FORMATION ]

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