What does translation mean?

Definitions for translation
trænsˈleɪ ʃən, trænz-trans·la·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. translation, interlingual rendition, rendering, versionnoun

    a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language

  2. translationnoun

    a uniform movement without rotation

  3. 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"

  4. translationnoun

    (mathematics) a transformation in which the origin of the coordinate system is moved to another position but the direction of each axis remains the same

  5. translationnoun

    (genetics) the process whereby genetic information coded in messenger RNA directs the formation of a specific protein at a ribosome in the cytoplasm

  6. translationnoun

    rewording something in less technical terminology

  7. translation, displacementnoun

    the act of uniform movement


  1. translationnoun

    The act of converting or translating (text from one language to another).

  2. translationnoun

    The end result of translating text.

  3. translationnoun

    Translation of forces in a gearbox.

  4. translationnoun

    Motion of a body on a linear path, without deformation or rotation, i.e. such that every part of the body moves at the same speed and in the same direction; also (in physics), the linear motion of a body considered independently of its rotation.

  5. translationnoun

    A process occurring in the ribosome, in which a strand of messenger RNA (mRNA) guides assembly of a sequence of amino acids to make a protein.

  6. Etymology: From translatio, from trans-, + latio, from latus, perfect passive participle of irregular verb fero (compare transfer), + noun of action suffix -io.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Translationnoun

    Etymology: translatio, Lat. translation, Fr.

    His disease was an asthma; the cause a metastasis or translation of humours from his joints to his lungs. Gideon Harvey.

    Translations of morbifick matter arise in acute distempers. Arbuthnot.

    If part of the people be somewhat in the election, you cannot make them nulls or cyphers in the privation or translation. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    The king, the next time the bishop of London came to him, entertained him with this compellation, my lord’s grace of Canterbury, you are very welcome; and gave order for all the necessary forms for the translation. Edward Hyde.

    A book of his travels hath been honoured with translation into many languages. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i.

    Nor ought a genius less than his that writ,
    Attempt translation; for transplanted wit,
    All the defects ef air and soil doth share,
    And colder brains like colder climates are. John Denham.

    Of both translations, the better I acknowledge that which cometh nearer to the very letter of the very original verity. Richard Hooker, b. v.


  1. Translation

    Translation is the communication of the meaning of a source-language text by means of an equivalent target-language text. The English language draws a terminological distinction (which does not exist in every language) between translating (a written text) and interpreting (oral or signed communication between users of different languages); under this distinction, translation can begin only after the appearance of writing within a language community. A translator always risks inadvertently introducing source-language words, grammar, or syntax into the target-language rendering. On the other hand, such "spill-overs" have sometimes imported useful source-language calques and loanwords that have enriched target languages. Translators, including early translators of sacred texts, have helped shape the very languages into which they have translated.Because of the laboriousness of the translation process, since the 1940s efforts have been made, with varying degrees of success, to automate translation or to mechanically aid the human translator. More recently, the rise of the Internet has fostered a world-wide market for translation services and has facilitated "language localisation".


  1. translation

    Translation refers to the process of converting or expressing information, text, or speech from one language to another while maintaining the original meaning. It can also refer to the action of moving something from one place or position to another in various fields like mathematics, physics, or biology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Translationnoun

    the act of translating, removing, or transferring; removal; also, the state of being translated or removed; as, the translation of Enoch; the translation of a bishop

  2. Translationnoun

    the act of rendering into another language; interpretation; as, the translation of idioms is difficult

  3. Translationnoun

    that which is obtained by translating something a version; as, a translation of the Scriptures

  4. Translationnoun

    a transfer of meaning in a word or phrase, a metaphor; a tralation

  5. Translationnoun

    transfer of meaning by association; association of ideas

  6. Translationnoun

    motion in which all the points of the moving body have at any instant the same velocity and direction of motion; -- opposed to rotation


  1. Translation

    Translation is the communication of the meaning of a source-language text by means of an equivalent target-language text. Whereas interpreting undoubtedly antedates writing, translation began only after the appearance of written literature; there exist partial translations of the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh into Southwest Asian languages of the second millennium BCE. Translators always risk inappropriate spill-over of source-language idiom and usage into the target-language translation. On the other hand, spill-overs have imported useful source-language calques and loanwords that have enriched the target languages. Indeed, translators have helped substantially to shape the languages into which they have translated. Due to the demands of business documentation consequent to the Industrial Revolution that began in the mid-18th century, some translation specialties have become formalized, with dedicated schools and professional associations. Because of the laboriousness of translation, since the 1940s engineers have sought to automate translation or to mechanically aid the human translator. The rise of the Internet has fostered a world-wide market for translation services and has facilitated language localization.

Editors Contribution

  1. translation

    The act and process of to translate.

    The document translation was accurate and exact.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 4, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'translation' in Nouns Frequency: #2051

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of translation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of translation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of translation in a Sentence

  1. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann:

    A provisional translation by an interpreter shows that he expressly announces, in the name of Allah, and testifying his allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a famous Islamist leader, an act of revenge against the Germans because they're getting in the way of Islam.

  2. David Lentink:

    So I think one of the big challenges about studying birds and applying that in technology is making the translation from what you find in nature to something that you can actually build in a lab.

  3. Marilyn Reeves:

    This translation helps legitimize our language.

  4. Dante Alighieri:

    For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?

  5. Robert Frost:

    Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

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    (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
    A arbitrary
    B unsealed
    C proprietary
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