1. To change the form of; to change in shape or appearance; to metamorphose; as, a caterpillar is ultimately
transformed into a butterfly.
Love may transform me to an oyster.Shak.
2. To change into another substance; to transmute; as, the alchemists sought to transform lead into gold.
3. To change in nature, disposition, heart, character, or the like; to convert.
Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.Rom. xii. 2.
4. (Math.) To change, as an algebraic expression or geometrical figure, into another from without altering
(Trans*form"), v. i. To be changed in form; to be metamorphosed. [R.]
His hair transforms to down.Addison.
(Trans*form"a*ble) a. Capable of being transformed or changed.
(Trans`for*ma"tion) n. [L. transformatio: cf. transformation.] The act of transforming,
or the state of being transformed; change of form or condition. Specifically:
(a) (Biol.) Any change in an organism which alters its general character and mode of life, as in the
development of the germ into the embryo, the egg into the animal, the larva into the insect etc.; also, the
change which the histological units of a tissue are prone to undergo. See Metamorphosis.
(b) (Physiol.) Change of one from of material into another, as in assimilation; metabolism; metamorphosis.
(c) (Alchemy) The imagined possible or actual change of one metal into another; transmutation.
(d) (Theol.) A change in disposition, heart, character, or the like; conversion.
(e) (Math.) The change, as of an equation or quantity, into another form without altering the value.
(Trans*form"a*tive) a. [Cf. F. transformatif.] Having power, or a tendency, to transform.
(Trans*form"er) n. One who, or that which, transforms. Specif. (Elec.), an apparatus for
producing from a given electrical current another current of different voltage.
(Trans*form"ism) n. [F. transformisme.] (Biol.) The hypothesis, or doctrine, that living
beings have originated by the modification of some other previously existing forms of living matter;
opposed to abiogenesis. Huxley.
(Trans*freight") v. i. To transfrete. [Obs.] Waterhouse.
(Trans`fre*ta"tion) n. [L. transfretatio. See Transfrete.] The act of passing over a strait
or narrow sea. [Obs.] Sir J. Davies.
(Trans*frete") v. i. [L. transfretare; trans across, over + fretum a strait: cf. OF. transfreter.]
To pass over a strait or narrow sea. [Written also transfreight.] [Obs.] E. Hall.
(Trans"fuge Trans*fu"gi*tive) n. [L. transfuga; trans across, over + fugere to flee.] One
who flees from one side to another; hence, a deserter; a turncoat; an apostate. [R.]
(Trans*fund") v. t. [L. transfundere; trans over, across + fundere to pour, pour out. See
Found to cast, and cf. Transfuse.] To pour from one vessel into another; to transfuse. [Obs.] Barrow.