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TRANSMUTATION

 Dictionary entry overview: What does transmutation mean? 

TRANSMUTATION (noun)
  The noun TRANSMUTATION has 3 senses:

1. an act that changes the form or character or substance of something
2. a qualitative change
3. (physics) the change of one chemical element into another (as by nuclear decay or radioactive bombardment)

  Familiarity information: TRANSMUTATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


TRANSMUTATION (noun)


Sense 1transmutation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An act that changes the form or character or substance of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

transmutation; transubstantiation

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

conversion (the act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another)


Sense 2transmutation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A qualitative change

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

transformation; shift; transmutation

Hypernyms ("transmutation" 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 "transmutation"):

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

strengthening (becoming stronger)

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

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

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)

weakening (becoming weaker)


Sense 3transmutation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(physics) the change of one chemical element into another (as by nuclear decay or radioactive bombardment)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

the transmutation of base metals into gold proved to be impossible

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

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

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)


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