from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of transcribing.
  • n. Something that has been transcribed, especially:
  • n. Music An adaptation of a composition.
  • n. A recorded radio or television program.
  • n. Linguistics A representation of speech sounds in phonetic symbols.
  • n. Biology The process by which messenger RNA is synthesized from a DNA template resulting in the transfer of genetic information from the DNA molecule to the messenger RNA.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or process of transcribing.
  • n. Something that has been transcribed, including:
  • n. The synthesis of RNA under the direction of DNA.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of transcribing, or copying.
  • n. A copy; a transcript.
  • n. An arrangement of a composition for some other instrument or voice than that for which it was originally written, as the translating of a song, a vocal or instrumental quartet, or even an orchestral work, into a piece for the piano; an adaptation; an arrangement; -- a name applied by modern composers for the piano to a more or less fanciful and ornate reproduction on their own instrument of a song or other piece not originally intended for it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of transcribing or copying: as, errors of transcription.
  • n. A copy; a transcript.
  • n. In music, the arrangement (usually with more or less modification or variation) of a composition for some instrument or voice other than that for which it was originally composed. Also called scoring.

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

  • n. a sound or television recording (e.g., from a broadcast to a tape recording)
  • n. something written, especially copied from one medium to another, as a typewritten version of dictation
  • n. (genetics) the organic process whereby the DNA sequence in a gene is copied into mRNA; the process whereby a base sequence of messenger RNA is synthesized on a template of complementary DNA
  • n. the act of making a record (especially an audio record)
  • n. the act of arranging and adapting a piece of music


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  • In Pennsylvania, they got a Democratic judge, using a Republican law firm, Reed Smith, to assess me and Peter Camejo $81,000 in transcription costs and handwriting expert fees for defending our right to be on the ballot, which they got us off through all kinds of shenanigans.

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  • Kornberg's molecular models of the transcription apparatus are essential for any continued studies that attempt to acquire detailed understanding of how transcription is regulated.

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