from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of translating, especially from one language into another.
  • noun The state of being translated.
  • noun A translated version of a text.
  • noun Physics Motion of a body in which every point of the body moves parallel to and the same distance as every other point of the body.
  • noun Biology The process by which messenger RNA directs the amino acid sequence of a growing polypeptide during protein synthesis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of translating.
  • noun The removal of a person from one office to another, or from one sphere of duty to another; specifically, the removal of a bishop from one see to another; in Scotland, the removal of a clergyman from one pastoral charge to another.
  • noun The removal of a person to heaven without death.
  • noun The act of turning into another language; interpretation.
  • noun That which is produced by turning into another language; a version; the reproduction of a literary composition in a language foreign to that of the original.
  • noun In rhetoric, transference of the meaning of a word or phrase; metaphor.
  • noun In medicine, a change in the seat of a disease; metastasis.
  • noun The process of manufacturing from old material.
  • noun In meck., motion in which there is no rotation; rotation round an infinitely distant axis.
  • noun In telegraphy, the automatic retransmission of a message received on one line over another, or over a continuation of the same line.
  • noun Synonyms Translation, Version, rendering. Translation and version are often the same in meaning. Translation is rather the standard word. Version is more likely to be employed in proportion to the antiquity of the work: as, the Syriac version; Dryden's version of the Nun's Priest's Tale; it is also more commonly used of the Bible than of other books: as, a comparison of the authorized with the revised version. Where translations differ, they are often spoken of as versions, as Lord Derby's and Mr. Bryant's translations or versions of Homer. Version applies more to the meaning, translation more to the style. Each has meanings not shared by the other.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of translating, removing, or transferring; removal; also, the state of being translated or removed.
  • noun The act of rendering into another language; interpretation.
  • noun That which is obtained by translating something a version.
  • noun (Rhet.), obsolete A transfer of meaning in a word or phrase, a metaphor; a tralation.
  • noun (Metaph.) Transfer of meaning by association; association of ideas.
  • noun (Kinematics) Motion in which all the points of the moving body have at any instant the same velocity and direction of motion; -- opposed to rotation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The act of converting or translating (text from one language to another).
  • noun countable The end result of translating text.
  • noun physics Translation of forces in a gearbox.
  • noun countable, mathematics, physics Motion of a body on a linear path, without deformation or rotation, i.e. such that every part of the body moves at the same speed and in the same direction; also (in physics), the linear motion of a body considered independently of its rotation.
  • noun genetics A process occurring in the ribosome, in which a strand of messenger RNA (mRNA) guides assembly of a sequence of amino acids to make a protein.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (mathematics) a transformation in which the origin of the coordinate system is moved to another position but the direction of each axis remains the same
  • noun a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language
  • noun a uniform movement without rotation
  • noun the act of changing in form or shape or appearance
  • noun (genetics) the process whereby genetic information coded in messenger RNA directs the formation of a specific protein at a ribosome in the cytoplasm
  • noun the act of uniform movement
  • noun rewording something in less technical terminology


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin trānslātiō ("transfer"), from trans- ("across"), + lātiō ("carrying"), from lātus, perfect passive participle of irregular verb ferō (compare transfer), + noun of action suffix -iō.


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