"C'est un dictionnaire en ligne." Don't understand? Here's a translation for you: "This is an online dictionary." A translation is the written or verbal rewording of something from one language into another that keeps the same meaning.

A translation doesn't have to be strictly from one language to another; it can be a rewording that makes something easier to understand or less technical in nature, as suggested by the common phrase, "Can you translate that into plain English?" If what is translated takes a written form, as in a book, for example, then the object itself is called a translation.

Definitions of translation
  1. noun
    a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language
    synonyms: interlingual rendition, rendering, version
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    an incorrect translation
    crib, pony, trot
    a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly)
    translation back into the original language
    caption, subtitle
    translation of foreign dialogue of a movie or TV program; usually displayed at the bottom of the screen
    supertitle, surtitle
    translation of the words of a foreign opera (or choral work) projected on a screen above the stage
    type of:
    written account, written record
    a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events
  2. noun
    rewording something in less technical terminology
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    paraphrase, paraphrasis
    rewording for the purpose of clarification
  3. noun
    the act of changing in form or shape or appearance
    “a photograph is a translation of a scene onto a two-dimensional surface”
    synonyms: transformation
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    complete change in character or condition
    alteration, revision
    the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification)
    the act of transforming so as to exalt or glorify
    the act of changing into a different form or appearance (especially a fantastic or grotesque one)
    a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft
    distraction, misdirection
    the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something
    the act of modifying or adjusting according to due measure and proportion (as with regard to artistic effect)
    the act of modifying or changing the strength of some idea
    an extensive alteration of the structure of a corporation or government
    metamorphosis, transfiguration
    a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
    type of:
    change of integrity
    the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something
  4. noun
    a uniform movement without rotation
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    displacement, shift
    an event in which something is displaced without rotation
    (physics) the maximum displacement of a periodic wave
    displacement or misalignment of a joint or organ
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    change of location, travel
    a movement through space that changes the location of something
  5. noun
    the act of uniform movement
    synonyms: displacement
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    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  6. noun
    (mathematics) a transformation in which the origin of the coordinate system is moved to another position but the direction of each axis remains the same
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    (mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system
  7. noun
    (genetics) the process whereby genetic information coded in messenger RNA directs the formation of a specific protein at a ribosome in the cytoplasm
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    biological process, organic process
    a process occurring in living organisms
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