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transformation (n.)

c. 1400, from Old French transformation and directly from Church Latin transformationem (nominative transformatio) "change of shape," noun of action from past-participle stem of transformare "change in shape, metamorphose" (see transform).

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Definitions of transformation from WordNet

transformation (n.)
a qualitative change;
Synonyms: transmutation / shift
transformation (n.)
(mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system;
transformation (n.)
a rule describing the conversion of one syntactic structure into another related syntactic structure;
transformation (n.)
(genetics) modification of a cell or bacterium by the uptake and incorporation of exogenous DNA;
transformation (n.)
the act of changing in form or shape or appearance;
Synonyms: translation
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