What does transformation mean?

Definitions for transformation
ˌtræns fərˈmeɪ ʃəntrans·for·ma·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. transformation, transmutation, shiftnoun

    a qualitative change

  2. transformationnoun

    (mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system

  3. transformationnoun

    a rule describing the conversion of one syntactic structure into another related syntactic structure

  4. transformationnoun

    (genetics) modification of a cell or bacterium by the uptake and incorporation of exogenous DNA

  5. transformation, translationnoun

    the act of changing in form or shape or appearance

    "a photograph is a translation of a scene onto a two-dimensional surface"


  1. transformationnoun

    The act of transforming or the state of being transformed.

  2. transformationnoun

    A marked change in appearance or character, especially one for the better.

  3. transformationnoun

    The replacement of the variables in an algebraic expression by their values in terms of another set of variables; a mapping of one space onto another or onto itself; a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system.

  4. transformationnoun

    A rule that systematically converts one syntactic form into another; a sentence derived by such a rule.

  5. transformationnoun

    The alteration of a bacterial cell caused by the transfer of DNA from another, especially if pathogenic.

  6. transformationnoun

    Ideologically driven government policy - becoming more conformant with socialist and African nationalist groupthink.

  7. Etymology: transform + -at(e) + -ion

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Transformationnoun

    Change of shape; act of changing the form; state of being changed with regard to form.

    Etymology: from transform.

    Something you have heard
    Of Hamlet’s transformation; so I call it,
    Since not th’ exterior, nor the inward man,
    Resembles that it was. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    What beast could’st thou be, that were not subject to a beast?
    And what a beast art thou already, and seest not thy loss in transformation! William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    The mensuration of all manner of curves, and their mutual transformation, are not worth the labour of those who design either of the three learned professions. Isaac Watts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transformationnoun

    the act of transforming, or the state of being transformed; change of form or condition

  2. Transformationnoun

    any change in an organism which alters its general character and mode of life, as in the development of the germ into the embryo, the egg into the animal, the larva into the insect (metamorphosis), etc.; also, the change which the histological units of a tissue are prone to undergo. See Metamorphosis

  3. Transformationnoun

    change of one from of material into another, as in assimilation; metabolism; metamorphosis

  4. Transformationnoun

    the imagined possible or actual change of one metal into another; transmutation

  5. Transformationnoun

    a change in disposition, heart, character, or the like; conversion

  6. Transformationnoun

    the change, as of an equation or quantity, into another form without altering the value


  1. Transformation

    In molecular biology, transformation is genetic alteration of a cell resulting from the direct uptake, incorporation and expression of exogenous genetic material from its surroundings and taken up through the cell membrane. Transformation occurs naturally in some species of bacteria, but it can also be affected by artificial means in other cells. For transformation to happen, bacteria must be in a state of competence, which might occur as a time-limited response to environmental conditions such as starvation and cell density. Transformation is one of three processes by which exogenous genetic material may be introduced into a bacterial cell, the other two being conjugation and transduction. "Transformation" may also be used to describe the insertion of new genetic material into nonbacterial cells, including animal and plant cells; however, because "transformation" has a special meaning in relation to animal cells, indicating progression to a cancerous state, the term should be avoided for animal cells when describing introduction of exogenous genetic material. Introduction of foreign DNA into eukaryotic cells is often called "transfection".

Editors Contribution

  1. transformation

    The act and process of to transform.

    Transformation is beautiful to watch and see people improve their lives and evolve.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'transformation' in Nouns Frequency: #1797

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of transformation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of transformation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of transformation in a Sentence

  1. Werner Heisenberg, Philosophical Problems of Nuclear Science, New York: Fawcett 1966, p.13:

    A consistent pursuit of classical physics forces a transformation in the very heart of that physics.

  2. Andres Ricaurte:

    Our goal is to accelerate the disruption and transformation in the trade finance space, the exact end-goal - whether it's a platform, a trade token, or a consortia is still to be figured out.

  3. Christopher Loveluck:

    There is evidence of total economic transformation between 640 and 660.

  4. Med Jones:

    Contrary to popular belief, transformation cannot be based on a single event, advice, book, or seminar. These things may lead to a new insight or even a temporary change, however, real transformation requires the formation of new thinking patterns and behavioral habits. Transformation requires consistent action and time to reinforce new learned values and drop old ones. Once the process of transformation is completed, it will change who you are, your life and the lives of the people around you.

  5. Joel Babbitt:

    This allows them to do dynamic planning while they are in route to an objective, they get on a plane and fly somewhere between 12 to 20 hours to get to an objective. During that time they have very little data. The transformation we are making is that they will be able to have voice communications along with huge amounts of data.

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