- the act or process of transforming.
- the state of being transformed.
- change in form, appearance, nature, or character.
- Theater. a seemingly miraculous change in the appearance of scenery or actors in view of the audience.
- 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.
- the act, process, or result of transforming or mapping.
- function(def 4a).
- transformational rule.
- the process by which deep structures are converted into surface structures using transformational rules.
- Genetics. the transfer of genetic material from one cell to another resulting in a genetic change in the recipient cell.
- a wig or hairpiece for a woman.
- a change or alteration, esp a radical one
- the act of transforming or the state of being transformed
- a change in position or direction of the reference axes in a coordinate system without an alteration in their relative angle
- an equivalent change in an expression or equation resulting from the substitution of one set of variables by another
- physics a change in an atomic nucleus to a different nuclide as the result of the emission of either an alpha-particle or a beta-particleCompare transition (def. 5)
- linguistics another word for transformational rule
- an apparently miraculous change in the appearance of a stage set
- (in South Africa) a national strategy aimed at attaining national unity, promoting reconciliation through negotiated settlement and non-racism
n.c.1400, from Old French transformation and directly from Latin transformationem (nominative transformatio), noun of action from past participle stem of transformare (see transform). n.
- The genetic alteration of a bacterial cell by introduction of DNA from another cell or from a virus.
- The genetic alteration of a bacteria cell by the introduction of DNA from another cell or from a virus. Plasmids, which contain extrachromosomal DNA, are used to transform bacteria in recombinant DNA research.
- The change undergone by an animal cell upon infection by a cancer-causing virus.