from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To change markedly the appearance or form of: "A thick, fibrous fog had transformed the trees into ghosts and the streetlights into soft, haloed moons” ( David Michael Kaplan).
- transitive v. To change the nature, function, or condition of; convert. See Synonyms at convert.
- transitive v. Mathematics To subject to a transformation.
- transitive v. Electricity To subject to the action of a transformer.
- transitive v. Genetics To subject (a cell) to transformation.
- intransitive v. To undergo a transformation.
- n. The result, especially a mathematical quantity or linguistic construction, of a transformation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to change greatly the appearance or form of
- v. to change the nature, condition or function of
- v. (mathematics) to subject to a transformation
- v. (electricity) to subject to the action of a transformer
- v. (genetics) to subject (a cell) to transformation
- v. to undergo a transformation
- n. the result of a transformation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To change the form of; to change in shape or appearance; to metamorphose.
- transitive v. To change into another substance; to transmute.
- transitive v. To change in nature, disposition, heart, character, or the like; to convert.
- transitive v. To change, as an algebraic expression or geometrical figure, into another from without altering its value.
- intransitive v. To be changed in form; to be metamorphosed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mathematics, the figure or function or operator which results from performing the operation of transformation.
- To change the form of; metamorphose; change to something dissimilar.
- Specifically, in alchemy, to change into another substance; transmute.
- To change the nature, character, or disposition of.
- In mathematics, to alter from one figure or expression to another differing in form but equal in quantity. See transformation, 4.
- To change in appearance or character; undergo transformation; be metamorphosed: as, some insects transform under ground; the pupa transforms into the imago.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. subject to a mathematical transformation
- v. convert (one form of energy) to another
- v. increase or decrease (an alternating current or voltage)
- v. change or alter in form, appearance, or nature
- v. change (a bacterial cell) into a genetically distinct cell by the introduction of DNA from another cell of the same or closely related species
- v. change in outward structure or looks
- v. change from one form or medium into another
Middle English transformen, from Old French transformer, from Latin trānsfōrmāre : trāns-, trans- + fōrma, form.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French transformer, from Latin trans ("across", preposition) + forma ("form"). (Wiktionary)