[trans-fer-mey-shuh n] /ˌtræns fərˈmeɪ ʃən/
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-particle Compare transition (sense 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

transformation trans·for·ma·tion (trāns’fər-mā’shən, -fôr-)

See metamorphosis.

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.


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