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"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.

Primary Meanings of translation

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n
a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language
2.
n
a uniform movement without rotation
3.
n
(genetics) the process whereby genetic information coded in messenger RNA directs the formation of a specific protein at a ribosome in the cytoplasm
Full Definitions of translation
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n a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language

Synonyms:
interlingual rendition, rendering, version
Types:
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mistranslation
an incorrect translation
crib, pony, trot
a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly)
retroversion
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

n rewording something in less technical terminology

Type of:
paraphrase, paraphrasis
rewording for the purpose of clarification

n 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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permutation
complete change in character or condition
alteration, revision
the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification)
transfiguration
the act of transforming so as to exalt or glorify
transmogrification
the act of changing into a different form or appearance (especially a fantastic or grotesque one)
metamorphosis
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
modulation
the act of modifying or adjusting according to due measure and proportion (as with regard to artistic effect)
qualification
the act of modifying or changing the strength of some idea
reorganization
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
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n a uniform movement without rotation

Types:
displacement, shift
an event in which something is displaced without rotation
amplitude
(physics) the maximum displacement of a periodic wave
luxation
displacement or misalignment of a joint or organ
Type of:
change of location, travel
a movement through space that changes the location of something

n the act of uniform movement

Synonyms:
displacement
Type of:
motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another

n (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

Type of:
transformation
(mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system
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n (genetics) the process whereby genetic information coded in messenger RNA directs the formation of a specific protein at a ribosome in the cytoplasm

Type of:
biological process, organic process
a process occurring in living organisms

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