transformation meaning

[ ˌtrænsfə'meiʃən ] Pronunciation:   "transformation" in a sentence
Noun: transformation  `transfur'meyshun
  1. A qualitative change
    - 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
    - translation

Derived forms: transformations

See also: transform

Type of: alteration, change, change of integrity, function, grammatical rule, map, mapping, mathematical function, modification, rule of grammar, single-valued function

Encyclopedia: Transformation Transformation, bacterial Transformation, genetic

See marginal rate of transformation, and structural transformation

n. (in international law) See DOCTRINE OF INCORPORATION.

1 : an act, process, or instance of transforming or being transformed —see MALIGNANT TRANSFORMATION
a : genetic modification of a bacterium by incorporation of free DNA from another ruptured bacterial cell —compare TRANSDUCTION
b : genetic modification of a cell by the uptake and incorporation of exogenous DNA

The systematic development of efficient programs from high-level specifications by meaning-preserving program manipulations. Also known as optimisation. See fusion, loop combination, peephole optimisation, register allocation, tupling, unfold/fold.


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  1. we carry out a transformation to spherical polar coordinates.
  2. on the average, such transformations balance out.
  3. energy transformations go on constantly, all about us.
  4. the physical origin of the gauge transformation is a mystery.
  5. such energy transformation is also known as energy degradation.

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