transmute

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v transmute change in outward structure or looks "He transformed into a monster","The salesman metamorphosed into an ugly beetle"
    • v transmute alter the nature of (elements)
    • v transmute change or alter in form, appearance, or nature "This experience transformed her completely","She transformed the clay into a beautiful sculpture","transubstantiate one element into another"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Transmute To change from one nature, form, or substance, into another; to transform. "The caresses of parents and the blandishments of friends transmute us into idols.""Transmuting sorrow into golden joy
      Free from alloy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • transmute To change from one nature, form, or substance into another; transform.
    • transmute Synonyms Metamorphose, etc. See transform.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Transmute trans-mūt′ to change to another form 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
L. transmutare, transmutatum,; trans, across + mutare, to change. See Mutable, and cf. Transmew
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. trans, over, mutāre, to change.

Usage

In literature:

She might have been transmuted from flesh into some fine metal.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
He is assumed to be happiest when writing from direct experience without refinement or transmutation.
"Rudyard Kipling" by John Palmer
Even at the last, her subtle revenge had been transmuted into further glory for Constance.
"Flower of the Dusk" by Myrtle Reed
Let me tell you how you may transmute your sorrow.
"Roads from Rome" by Anne C. E. Allinson
She might have been transmuted from flesh into some fine metal.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
Nothing that is known will effect the transmutation of one element into another.
"The Breath of Life" by John Burroughs
Amazement seizes upon us before this sublime phantasmagoria of the grain of hemp which in a few hours has been transmuted into the finest cloth.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Development is a transmutation of physical and chemical forces into vital energy.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
He had neither wines nor cloths, to transmute into silver.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
This is already pure Borrow, with a vigour excusing if not quite transmuting its rant.
"George Borrow The Man and His Books" by Edward Thomas
Grief for the past is useful so far as it can be transmuted into renewed force for the future.
"Prose Masterpieces from Modern Essayists" by James Anthony Froude, Edward A. Freeman, William Ewart Gladstone, John Henry Newman and Leslie Stephen
But when the average farmer learns to transmute compost into grass and grain, and these into beef, he usually stops, content.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
They are said to have been alchemists; but did they ever succeed in transmuting metals?
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
Suddenly, the waverings of the mind were transmuted to the body.
"The Cow Puncher" by Robert J. C. Stead
We have the explicit testimony of Agassiz, as a Palaeontologist, that the facts of geology contradict the theory of the transmutation of species.
"What is Darwinism?" by Charles Hodge
Kingsley would elevate the degraded portion of the race until the lowest member be made to feel the transmuting agency of Christianity.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
Transmuted into the broken English of the Gascon serving man, the story of the robbery lost nothing in its sensational features.
"The Price" by Francis Lynde
And they too, like the sailors, were transmuted, or the world was transmuted for them.
"The Great Return" by Arthur Machen
Since its origin Italian poetry had pursued one line of evolution, first following and then transmuting the traditions of Provence.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds
TRANSMUTATION rightly exerted, leads to GLORY.
"Manual of the Enumeration" by C. J. Coffman
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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
I. MADRIGALE
Seed in your heart, warm dust transmuted
Gold, blooms in flakes of radiance
Arched in your face whereon my days,
Brinks of silence, glance.
"The Progress Of Œnia" by Allen Tate
How oft, O Life, on worlds forgot,
Hast thou, in thine unnumbered forms,
Gone forth to Time's transmuting storms,
And fought till storm and stress were not!
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling

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:

The loss by outward diffusion of the energy generated by nuclear transmutation to progressively heavier elements (for which nucleons are more and more organized in the nucleus) naturally leads to these lower entropies.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
A general construction of transmutation operators is developed for selfadjoint operators in Gelfand triples.
Toward a general theory of transmutation
The idea of transmutation operator (or transformation operator) B such that BP = QB for P and Q ordinary differential operators goes back to Gelfand, Levitan, [23;25;28]).
Toward a general theory of transmutation
We develop the theory via selfadjoint operators in Gelfand triples and give some constructions of transmutation operators with various domains.
Toward a general theory of transmutation
If e.g. H1 = H2 = H then we have a traditional transmutation framework.
Toward a general theory of transmutation
We note here another approach to determining transmutations analogous to the diagram after (3.6).
Toward a general theory of transmutation
This shows that B : Q2 → Q1 is a transmutation and we have developed constructions of B ∼ B−1 and V ∼ B ∗ .
Toward a general theory of transmutation
In this manner, the desire for the usual spin-statistics connection leads us to look for a quantum gravity with transmuting topology.
Bringing Up a Quantum Baby
Depending on our choice of the Hamiltonian, it is possible to prepare states where topology is peaked at one or two S 1 ’s for a long time, or arrange matters so that there is transmutation from one of these states to another.
Bringing Up a Quantum Baby
In the event that particles of different masses can transmute into each other, the differences between the zero points of internal energy for various particles can have observable significance.
Non-thermalizability of a Quantum Field Theory
UV (or IR) end, if calculated in the underlying theory, must have been quite complicated ones due to these dynamics transmutation mechanisms so that they render the result of any loop integration or intermediate state summation finite.
On the underlying theory approach for quantum theories
Thus, the conventionally so-called ’integrating out’ of UV or HE modes necessarily incorporates the complicated but important dynamics transmutation mechanisms, the conventional formulation using the HE modes given by the simplified effective models are hence problematic.
On the underlying theory approach for quantum theories
We calculate the material properties of the transmuted optical devices in physical space by the method described in [6, 8, 9].
Partial Transmutation of Singularities in Optical Instruments
This result shows that the singularity has been effectively removed through the transmutation and that the tensor components are directly proportional to N (b).
Partial Transmutation of Singularities in Optical Instruments
Therefore, by choosing a sufficiently small transmutation radius b, all tensor components can be brought above unity.
Partial Transmutation of Singularities in Optical Instruments
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