Meaning of TRANSFORMATION in English

I. ˌtranzfə(r)ˈmāshən, ˌtraan-, -n(t)sf- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin transformation-, transformatio, from Latin transformatus (past participle of transformare to transform) + -ion-, -io -ion

1. : an act, process, or instance of transforming or being transformed

in the earliest time … transformations were common, and there was apparently no real line between animal and human — Frederica de Laguna

transformation of the farm lands into a magnificent estate — American Guide Series: Michigan

the transformation of policy into law — A.N.Holcombe

the transformation of men's political thinking — Ellery Sedgwick

the transformation of man's nature in Christ — Dietrich von Hildebrand



(1) : physiological change of one thing into another (as chemicals in assimilation and metabolism or larva into adult through metamorphosis)

(2) : spermiogenesis

(3) : evolution 5b

b. : transmutation d

c. : a change in the atomic arrangement of a metal or metal alloy

3. : transformation scene

4. : false hair especially as worn by a woman to replace or supplement natural hair — compare toupee 2

5. : the changing of an expression, formula, or statement in logic into a different form without altering its substance or intent


a. : the substitution of one configuration (as by rotation or translation) for or the alteration of a mathematical expression (as by change of form or substitution of values) into another in accord with a mathematical rule

b. : a formula or rule governing such a substitution or alteration

II. noun


a. : genetic modification of a bacterium by incorporation of free DNA from another ruptured bacterial cell — compare transduction in the Dict

b. : genetic modification of a cell by the uptake and incorporation of exogenous DNA

2. : one of a set of rules that specify how to convert the deep structures of a language into surface structures ; also : the process or relation specified by such a rule

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