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trans·mu·ta·tion

 (trăns′myo͞o-tā′shən, trănz′-)
n.
1.
a. The act or an instance of transmuting; transformation.
b. The state of being transmuted.
2. Physics Transformation of one element into another by one or a series of nuclear reactions.
3. The supposed conversion of base metals into gold or silver in alchemy.

trans′mu·ta′tion·al, trans·mut′a·tive (-myo͞o′tə-tĭv) adj.

transmutation

(ˌtrænzmjuːˈteɪʃən)
n
1. the act or an instance of transmuting
2. (Elements & Compounds) the change of one chemical element into another by a nuclear reaction
3. (Alchemy) the attempted conversion, by alchemists, of base metals into gold or silver
ˌtransmuˈtational, transˈmutative adj
ˌtransmuˈtationist n, adj

trans•mu•ta•tion

(ˌtræns myuˈteɪ ʃən, ˌtrænz-)

n.
1. the act or process of transmuting.
2. the fact or state of being transmuted.
3. the transformation of one species into another.
4. any process in which a nuclide is transformed into a different nuclide, usu. one of a different element.
5. (in alchemy) the conversion of base metals into metals of greater value, esp. into gold or silver.
[1350–1400; Middle English transmutacio(u)n (< Old French transmutation) < Latin trānsmūtātiō a changing, shifting, derivative of trānsmūtā(re) (see transmute)]
trans•mut′a•tive (-ˈmyu tə tɪv) adj.

trans·mu·ta·tion

(trăns′myo͞o-tā′shən)
The changing of one chemical element into another. Transmutations occur naturally through radioactive decay, or artificially by bombarding the nucleus of a substance with subatomic particles.

transmutation

the process or act of change, especially from one thing to another, as the change from base metal to gold, pursued by the alchemists. — transmutationist, n.transmutative, adj.
See also: Alchemy
the process or act of change, especially from one thing to another, as the change from base metal to gold, pursued by the alchemists. — transmutationist, n. — transmutative, adj.
See also: Change
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.transmutation - an act that changes the form or character or substance of somethingtransmutation - an act that changes the form or character or substance of something
conversion - the act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another
2.transmutation - a qualitative changetransmutation - a qualitative change      
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
betterment, improvement, advance - a change for the better; progress in development
population shift - a change in the relative numbers of the different groups of individuals making up a population
pyrolysis - transformation of a substance produced by the action of heat
sea change - a profound transformation
sublimation - (chemistry) a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state without becoming liquid
tin disease, tin pest, tin plague - the transformation of ordinary white tin into powdery grey tin at very cold temperatures
changeover, conversion, transition - an event that results in a transformation
retrogression, degeneration - passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form
strengthening - becoming stronger
weakening - becoming weaker
3.transmutation - (physics) the change of one chemical element into another (as by nuclear decay or radioactive bombardment); "the transmutation of base metals into gold proved to be impossible"
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

transmutation

noun
The process or result of changing from one appearance, state, or phase to another:
Translations

transmutation

[ˌtrænzmjuːˈteɪʃən] Ntransmutación f

transmutation

nVerwandlung f, → Umwandlung f; (Biol) → Umbildung f, → Transmutation f

trans·mu·ta·tion

n. transmutación.
1. transformación, cambio evolutivo;
2. cambio de una sustancia en otra.
References in classic literature ?
-- The abrupt manner in which whole groups of species suddenly appear in certain formations, has been urged by several palaeontologists, for instance, by Agassiz, Pictet, and by none more forcibly than by Professor Sedgwick, as a fatal objection to the belief in the transmutation of species.
Vainly Daylight staggered and stumbled and fell and crept through the snow that was wet with thaw, or across it when the night's frost still crusted it beyond the weight of a man, searching for one more squirrel, striving to achieve one more transmutation of furry leap and scolding chatter into the lifts and tugs of a man's body that would hoist the boat over the rim of shore-ice and slide it down into the stream.
Those who maintain the affirmative ought at least to mark the boundary between authorized and usurped innovations; between that degree of change which lies within the compass of ALTERATIONS AND FURTHER PROVISIONS, and that which amounts to a TRANSMUTATION of the government.
Unbelieving Philosophers who were remodelling the world with words, and making card-towers of Babel to scale the skies with, talked with Unbelieving Chemists who had an eye on the transmutation of metals, at this wonderful gathering accumulated by Monseigneur.
Being even now only a young woman of twenty, one who mentally and sentimentally had not finished growing, it was impossible that any event should have left upon her an impression that was not in time capable of transmutation.
Gathergold, in his young play-days, before his fingers were gifted with the touch of transmutation, had been accustomed to build of snow.
Last night, nuclear scientist Dr John Large said: "They seem to be talking about transmutation with this magical fluid.
Moreover, an AABB-rhymed quatrain of this kind can be converted into an ABAB-rhymed quatrain (and vice versa) by means of any one of a set of four line-order permutations that I call a transmutation set.
Where a husband and wife established a revocable trust into which the husband transferred all of his separate property, and the trust agreement provided that the property transferred to the trust is community property unless husband or wife as transferor identifies it as separate property, the husband did not transmute separate property to community property because the trust agreement provision was not an "express declaration" of the intent to create a transmutation within the meaning of Family Code Sec.
One particular subject was partitioning and transmutation, with Piebalgs saying "this is clearly a potential technology for use in the future".
That is, someone is in murderous pursuit of the dispersed contents of a twelfth-century Islamo/Sicilian library whose reassembly would permit yet another transmutation or transformation of the luckless world into something else.
The one-page text describes Newton colluding with chemists in their quest for a transmutation agent that would turn base metals into gold.