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Definition of "translation" []

  • The act or process of translating, especially from one language into another. (noun)
  • The state of being translated. (noun)
  • A translated version of a text. (noun)
  • Physics Motion of a body in which every point of the body moves parallel to and the same distance as every other point of the body. (noun)
  • Biology The process by which messenger RNA directs the amino acid sequence of a growing polypeptide during protein synthesis. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "translation" in a sentence
  • "As my copy of the _Visions_ is an anonymous translation, and evidently far from being a first-rate one, I shall not be surprised if I receive as an answer, -- "_Mistaken as to your fact, read a better translation_:" but as in spite of its manifold, glaring defects, I have no reason to suspect that the text is _garbled_, I think I may venture to send the query."
  • "We call its motion a uniform translation (“uniform” because it is of constant velocity and direction, “translation” because although the carriage changes its position relative to the embankment yet it does not rotate in so doing)."
  • "DRYDEN'S translation of Virgil being commended by a right reverend bishop, Lord Chesterfield said, "The original is indeed excellent; but everything suffers by a _translation_, -- except a _bishop_!""