transmutable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj transmutable capable of being changed in substance as if by alchemy "is lead really transmutable into gold?","ideas translatable into reality"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Transmutable Capable of being transmuted or changed into a different substance, or into into something of a different form a nature; transformable. "The fluids and solids of an animal body are easily transmutable into one another."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • transmutable Capable of being transmuted, or changed into a different substance, or into something of a different form or nature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Transmutable that may be transmuted or changed into a different form, nature, or substance
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Quotations

  • Sri Swami Sivananda
    Sri Swami Sivananda
    “Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.”
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore
    “War is pillage versus resistance and if illusions of magnitude could be transmuted into ideals of magnanimity, peace might be realized.”
  • Suzanne Lafollette
    Suzanne Lafollette
    “There is nothing more innately human than the tendency to transmute what has become customary into what has been divinely ordained.”
  • Edith Hamilton
    Edith Hamilton
    “None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.”
  • Sir William Osler
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    “Work is the open sesame of every portal, the great equalizer in the world, the true philosopher's stone which transmutes all the base metal of humanity into gold.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. transmutable,. See Transmute
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. trans, over, mutāre, to change.

Usage

In literature:

Transmutation of metals, xii, 36.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
What is really taking place is a transmutation of one element into another, from a heavier to a lighter.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
And then all the blood in me ebbs back into its ways, transmuted, changed.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
The mystery of this transmutation led to much fruitful thinking.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
The process of transmuting it into money was slow and circuitous; but those were not fast days.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866" by Various
He transmutes difficulties into power, and makes temporary failures into stepping-stones to ultimate success.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
He had come into town to "live" things, to transmute this yellow dust into happiness, to taste the wine of life, to know the lips of flame.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The alchemy worked capriciously, but the product has been transmuted.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
The substance was the same, but transmuted into coarser mould.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
I know not how, I feel in me this transmutation now.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
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In poetry:

Made deathless in a world of death,
There ever sitting wild and lone,
With all but one pent painful breath
Transmutted into stone.
"Love, Dreaming of Death" by Charles Harpur
'Ah, Pierrot,
Here on my cool green floor
I do transmute, restore,
All things once fair before
To beauty more and more.
Poor Pierrot!'
"At Columbine's Grave" by Bliss William Carman
Her fate, how stranger than we deem!
Tho' Faith behold with trusting eyes
A vision on transmuted skies—
The splendors of the human dream;
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
That, o'er the crucible of pain,
Watches the tender eye of Love
The slow transmuting of the chain
Whose links are iron below to gold above!
"The Shadow And The Light" by John Greenleaf Whittier
For heaven's sake, avoid excess,
And the vile sin of drunkenness,
Which to a fiend does man transmute,
Or worse, much worse, than any brute.
"Advice To A Youth" by Rees Prichard
Then Lario paints for liquid miles
The white-robed monarchs' glittering crowns,
Transmutes at once to dimpled smiles
The sternest of their glacial frowns,
And often holds, with subtlest art,
Some Titan's likeness to her heart.
"Isola Comacina" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Knowing more, the Alchemists of this anger and fear, transmuting leaden nonsense into political gold, know better.
In medieval times, alchemists used an alembic when they tried to transmute base metals into gold.
Let's suppose that you are a resident of a magical land, a land where alchemists cast arcane spells transmuting lead into platinum and enchanted geese lay oodles of golden eggs.
SFMOMA's new Jasper Johns retrospective explicates and transmutes.
Theory of transmutation vs migration mythbusting.
Annie Clark is a girl on the cusp of transmutation.
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In science:

Sagnotti, “Type-I strings on magnetized orbifolds and brane transmutation”, Phys.
Issues on tadpoles and vacuum redefinitions in String Theory
Sagnotti, “Type-I vacua and brane transmutation”, arXiv:hep-th/0010279 ; G.
Issues on tadpoles and vacuum redefinitions in String Theory
At ground level, this radiation (approximately 103 muons per cm2 per day) induces nuclear transmutations to unstable isotopes throughout the detector volume.
Direct search for WIMP dark matter
In a few ms after the interaction, the entire incident energy is thermalized in the detector, cooled down to 17 mK in order to reduce the heat capacitance of the crystal an produce a temperature increase of a few µK, measured with a Neutron Transmutation Doped Ge thermistance glued to the side of the detector.
Direct search for WIMP dark matter
After the complete νe event selection is applied, the total background was estimated to be 358 ± 35 events, while 163 ± 21 signal events were expected for the LSND central expectation of 0.26% νµ → νe transmutation.
Neutrino Experiments
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