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transformation    : [tr,ænsfɚm'eʃən]
Transformation \Trans`for*ma"tion\, n. [L. transformatio: cf.
The act of transforming, or the state of being transformed;
change of form or condition. Specifically:
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(a) (Biol.) Any change in an organism which alters its
general character and mode of life, as in the development
of the germ into the embryo, the egg into the animal, the
larva into the insect (metamorphosis), etc.; also, the
change which the histological units of a tissue are prone
to undergo. See {Metamorphosis}.
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(b) (Physiol.) Change of one from of material into another,
as in assimilation; metabolism; metamorphosis.
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(c) (Alchemy) The imagined possible or actual change of one
metal into another; transmutation.
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(d) (Theol.) A change in disposition, heart, character, or
the like; conversion.
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(e) (Math.) The change, as of an equation or quantity, into
another form without altering the value.
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n 1: a qualitative change [synonym: {transformation},
{transmutation}, {shift}]
2: (mathematics) a function that changes the position or
direction of the axes of a coordinate system
3: a rule describing the conversion of one syntactic structure
into another related syntactic structure
4: (genetics) modification of a cell or bacterium by the uptake
and incorporation of exogenous DNA
5: the act of changing in form or shape or appearance; "a
photograph is a translation of a scene onto a two-dimensional
surface" [synonym: {transformation}, {translation}]

122 Moby Thesaurus words for "transformation":
Fabianism, about-face, act drop, addition, alchemy, alteration,
approximation, asbestos, asbestos board, assimilation, assumption,
avatar, backdrop, batten, becoming, border, catabolism, catalysis,
change, change-over, changeover, cloth, consubstantiation,
conversion, coulisse, counterweight, curtain, curtain board,
cyclorama, decor, differentiation, displacement, division, drop,
drop curtain, equation, evolution, extrapolation, extremism,
fire curtain, flat, flip-flop, flipper, gradualism, growth,
hanging, heterotopia, integration, interpolation, inversion,
involution, lapse, meliorism, metabolism, metagenesis,
metamorphism, metamorphosis, metastasis, metathesis,
metempsychosis, modification, multiplication, mutant, mutated form,
mutation, naturalization, notation, passage, permutation, practice,
progress, progressivism, proportion, radical reform, radicalism,
rag, re-formation, reconversion, reduction, reform, reformation,
reformism, regeneration, reincarnation, resolution, reversal,
revisionism, revolution, scene, scenery, screen, shift, side scene,
sport, stage screw, subtraction, switch, switch-over, tab, tableau,
teaser, tormentor, transanimation, transfiguration,
transfigurement, transformation scene, transformism, transit,
transition, translation, translocation, transmigration,
transmogrification, transmutation, transposition,
transubstantiation, turning into, utopianism, volte-face, wing,
wingcut, woodcut

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