translation: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (trans-lā'shun, tranz-), [key]
— n.
  1. the rendering of something into another language or into one's own from another language.
  2. a version of such a rendering: a new translation of Plato.
  3. change or conversion to another form, appearance, etc.; transformation: a swift translation of thought into action.
  4. the act or process of translating.
  5. the state of being translated.
  6. motion in which all particles of a body move with the same velocity along parallel paths.
  7. the retransmitting or forwarding of a message, as by relay.
    1. a function obtained from a given function by adding the same constant to each value of the variable of the given function and moving the graph of the function a constant distance to the right or left.
    2. a transformation in which every point of a geometric figure is moved the same distance in the same direction.
  8. the process by which a messenger RNA molecule specifies the linear sequence of amino acids on a ribosome for protein synthesis. Cf.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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