transform[trans fôrm′; for n. trans′fôrm′]
- An example of to transform is painting a room to change the feel of it.
- An example of to transform is a new hair cut changing a person's appearance.
- to change the form or outward appearance of
- to change the condition, nature, or function of; convert
- to change the personality or character of
- Elec. to change (a voltage or current value) by use of a transformer
- Linguis. to change by means of a syntactic transformational rule
- Math. to change (an algebraic expression or equation) to a different form having the same value
- Physics to change (one form of energy) into another
Origin of transformMiddle English transformen ; from Classical Latin transformare ; from trans-, trans- + formare, to form ; from forma, form
verbtrans·formed, trans·form·ing, trans·forms
- To change markedly the appearance or form of: “A thick, fibrous fog had transformed the trees into ghosts and the streetlights into soft, haloed moons” (David Michael Kaplan).
- To change the nature, function, or condition of; convert: A steam engine transforms heat into mechanical energy. See Synonyms at convert.
- Mathematics To subject to a transformation.
- Electricity To subject to the action of a transformer.
- Genetics To subject (a cell) to transformation.
Origin of transformMiddle English transformen, from Old French transformer, from Latin trānsfōrmāre : trāns-, trans- + fōrma, form.
(third-person singular simple present transforms, present participle transforming, simple past and past participle transformed)
- To change greatly the appearance or form of.
- The alchemists sought to transform lead into gold.
- To change the nature, condition or function of; to change in nature, disposition, heart, character, etc.; to convert.
- (mathematics) To subject to a transformation; to change into another form without altering the value.
- (electricity) To subject to the action of a transformer.
- (genetics) To subject (a cell) to transformation.
- (intransitive) To undergo a transformation.
- (mathematics) the result of a transformation
transform - Computer Definition
Referring to a step in the video compression process that converts the native three-dimensional video signal into a two-dimensional form comprising for subsequent compression.Transform compression is based on the premise that the low frequency components of a signal are more important than the high frequency components. Therefore, a substantial reduction in the number of bits used to represent a high frequency component will degrade the quality of the image only slightly.The various approaches include discrete cosine transform (DCT), fractal transform, vector quantization, and wavelet compression. See also compression, DCT, fractal transform, signal, vector quantization, video, and wavelet compression.