• WordNet 3.6
    • n transformation the act of changing in form or shape or appearance "a photograph is a translation of a scene onto a two-dimensional surface"
    • n transformation (genetics) modification of a cell or bacterium by the uptake and incorporation of exogenous DNA
    • n transformation a rule describing the conversion of one syntactic structure into another related syntactic structure
    • n transformation a qualitative change
    • n transformation (mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Beauty is shocked as the beast transforms into the prince Beauty is shocked as the beast transforms into the prince
Frontispiece. Stages in the Transformations of a Gnat Frontispiece. Stages in the Transformations of a Gnat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Transformation (Biol) The act of transforming, or the state of being transformed; change of form or condition.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n transformation In geometry, an operation which replaces a given figure by a second figure.
    • n transformation In electricity, change in the voltage of an alternating-current circuit by means of a transformer or other device.
    • n transformation The act or operation of transforming, or the state of being transformed; a change in form, appearance, nature, disposition, condition, or the like.
    • n transformation In biology, metamorphosis, in any sense; especially, the metamorphosis of those organisms which undergo obvious and great changes of form, as that of insects in passing from the larval to the imaginal state. Metamorphosis is the more frequent technical term. By some zoölogists transformation is restricted to the series of changes which every germ undergoes in completing the embryonic coudition, as those observed within the egg; while metamorphosis, according to the same authorities, designates the alterations which are undergone after exclusion from the egg, and which alter extensively the general form and mode of life of the individual. But this distinction of the synonymous words is seldom maintained. See metamorphosis, 2, 4, and compare transformism.
    • n transformation The change of one metal into another; transmutation of metals, according to the alchemists.
    • n transformation In mathematics, a passage in the imagination from one figure or expression to another different in form but equal in quantity. Thus, the volume of an oblique prism is ascertained by a transformation of it into a right prism of equal volume. Especially— The passage from one algebraical expression to another in other terms.
    • n transformation In pathology, a morbid change in a part, which consists in the conversion of its texture into one which is natural to some other part, as when soft parts are converted into cartilage or bone. Such transformation is generally a degenerative or retrograde metamorphosis.
    • n transformation In physiology, the change which takes place in the component parts of the blood during its passage from the minute arteries through the capillary system of vessels into the radicles of the venous system. There are three kinds of change, designated by the terms intussusception, apposition, and secretion.
    • n transformation In physics, change from solid to liquid or from liquid to gaseous state, or the converse. This change usually results merely from change of temperature or pressure, or both, without any alteration in the atomic constitution of the bodies concerned, as the change of water into steam.
    • n transformation The shape to which some person or thing has been transformed.
    • n transformation A transformation by means of a lineolinear equation connecting the old variable with the new one. Such a transformation is called homographic because it does not alter the value of an anharmonic ratio.
    • n transformation A transformation by means of polar triangles in spherical trigonometry.
    • n transformation Synonyms See transform, v. t.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Transformation change of form or substance, metamorphosis: the change of one metal into another:
    • ns Transformation (path.) any morbid change in a part
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  • Dr. Laura Schlessinger
    Dr. Laura Schlessinger
    “Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”
  • Vash Young
    Vash Young
    “Any experience can be transformed into something of value.”
  • Carl Jung
    “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.”
  • Carl Jung
    “There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Write it down. Written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; cant's into cans; dreams into plans; and plans into reality. Don't just think it -- ink it!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. transformatio,: cf. transformation,


In literature:

A profound transformation is necessary to bring the wings to their final perfection.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
The soul of the man had, in some subtle fashion, transformed him.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
To set them in new and fitting relations of light and shade, of colour and composition, is to transform them.
"Nature Mysticism" by J. Edward Mercer
He could transform himself, like the man in the fairy-tale, into a flame, a river, a woman, a tiger.
"A Mummer's Tale" by Anatole France
The other religions look toward man; their effort is directed to the heart and conscience with the purpose of transforming them.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
The larva remains surrounded by the froth until its transformations are complete.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
The sea-floor is transformed when it enters into the new element.
"Applied Psychology for Nurses" by Mary F. Porter
How was this mighty transformation in Delight's fortunes to affect the hopes he fostered?
"Flood Tide" by Sara Ware Bassett
Soon the universities and reading circles demand it, and the whole land is suddenly transformed into a race of philosophers.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
For to him we owe the entire transformation of the choir with its aisles.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Exeter" by Percy Addleshaw

In poetry:

The vilest spot upon the earth,
Through sunshine, air, and rain,
May be transformed in ev'ry part
And purified again.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
Before me pass
The shapes of things inexorably true.
Gone is the sparkle of transforming dew
From every blade of grass.
"Lagrimas" by John Hay
Thus Habit mars with wounds and scars
The favored of our race,
Transforms the mind that God designed
Should be the dwelling place
"Evil Habits" by Jared Barhite
And so they bear with dance and song,
And crimson foil and green,
They wearily sit, and grimly long
For the Transformation Scene.
"At a Pantomime." by William Schwenck Gilbert
By the pow’r of grace transforming,
We shall then His image bear;
Christ His promised word performing,
We shall then His glory share.
"Beloved, Now Are We" by Daniel Webster Moody
But with mild radiance every hour,
From our dear Saviour's face benign
Bent on us with transforming power,
Till we, too, faintly shine.
"Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble

In news:

Megan Fox Talks Life After 'Transformers,' Judd Apatow.
Ace Investor and Thompson Team Up to Transformer Temple Court Post-Balazs.
To take your wash to the next level, you must transform that principled belief into a massive action program.
Michael Bay Testing Hot Young Actors for 'Transformers 4' Leads (Exclusive).
It transforms a simple garment into a timeless statement piece that can work for any season.
A 3-D laser transforms Kvaerner Power's future.
Such transformations might not interest American children who for decades devoured most of the comic books for sale.
6 Steps to Transform Your Body.
The Total Transformation classes will start this Thursday, March 3rd at 6:40pm, and the first 4 classes will be held at Community Church by the Lake.
Giant Screen Transforms Cabana into Theater.
A transformer fire sparked just before 3 pm at 435 West Main Street and may have caused the outage, according to Heartland Fire.
This pie takes that classic treat of autumn, the caramel apple ,— and transforms it into a pie.
We often describe makeup as fun, transformative, and sexy.
So much was being done for the first time that people joked that they were transforming a Cessna into a 747 -- in flight.

In science:

Random walk, locally finite group, ultra-metric space, infinite divisible distribution, Laplace transform, K¨ohlbecker transform, Legendre transform, return probability, spectral distribution, isospectral profile, heat kernel.
Spectral properties of a class of random walks on locally finite groups
The power transformation is not rectifiable nor bounded; the exponential transform is rectifiable and bounded; the logarithmic transformation is rectifiable but not bounded.
Robust Estimation through Schoenberg transformations
The transformation matrix T then contains 6 real parameters and it is easy to show, that it can be identified with a Lorentz-transformation in a local Minkowski-coordinate system.5 Consequently, in those coordinate systems (locally) both transformations may be combined arbitrarily.
Matrix theory of gravitation
Hadamard transform, to be denoted by H hereafter, is equal to 1√n Hn . (For readers not familiar with the Hadamard transform, note that it is an orthogonal transformation, and one should think of it as a real-valued version of the complex Fourier transform.
Randomized algorithms for matrices and data
The transformations from SLCO to NQC, POOSL, and Promela provide a partial transformational description of the semantics of SLCO, because each of these transformations only deals with a subset of SLCO.
Prototyping the Semantics of a DSL using ASF+SDF: Link to Formal Verification of DSL Models