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TRANSFORMATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does transformation mean? 

TRANSFORMATION (noun)
  The noun TRANSFORMATION has 5 senses:

1. a qualitative change
2. (mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system
3. a rule describing the conversion of one syntactic structure into another related syntactic structure
4. (genetics) modification of a cell or bacterium by the uptake and incorporation of exogenous DNA
5. the act of changing in form or shape or appearance

  Familiarity information: TRANSFORMATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TRANSFORMATION (noun)


Sense 1transformation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A qualitative change

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

transformation; shift; transmutation

Hypernyms ("transformation" is a kind of...):

alteration; change; modification (an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "transformation"):

changeover; conversion; transition (an event that results in a transformation)

degeneration; retrogression (passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form)

strengthening (becoming stronger)

weakening (becoming weaker)

tin disease; tin pest; tin plague (the transformation of ordinary white tin into powdery grey tin at very cold temperatures)

sublimation ((chemistry) a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state without becoming liquid)

sea change (a profound transformation)

pyrolysis (transformation of a substance produced by the action of heat)

population shift (a change in the relative numbers of the different groups of individuals making up a population)

advance; betterment; improvement (a change for the better; progress in development)


Sense 2transformation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Hypernyms ("transformation" is a kind of...):

function; mathematical function (a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "transformation"):

reflection ((mathematics) a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed)

rotation ((mathematics) a transformation in which the coordinate axes are rotated by a fixed angle about the origin)

translation ((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)

affine transformation ((mathematics) a transformation that is a combination of single transformations such as translation or rotation or reflection on an axis)


Sense 3transformation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("transformation" is a kind of...):

grammatical rule; rule of grammar (a linguistic rule for the syntax of grammatical utterances)


Sense 4transformation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("transformation" is a kind of...):

change of integrity (the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something)

Domain category:

genetic science; genetics (the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms)


Sense 5transformation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of changing in form or shape or appearance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

translation; transformation

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("transformation" is a kind of...):

change of integrity (the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "transformation"):

permutation (complete change in character or condition)

alteration; revision (the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification))

transfiguration (the act of transforming so as to exalt or glorify)

transmogrification (the act of changing into a different form or appearance (especially a fantastic or grotesque one))

metamorphosis (a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft)


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