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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Translation'

Translation Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    translation n
  1. a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language [syn: interlingual rendition, rendering, version]
  2. a uniform movement without rotation
  3. the act of changing in form or shape or appearance; "a photograph is a translation of a scene onto a two-dimensional surface" [syn: transformation]
  4. (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
  5. (genetics) the process whereby genetic information coded in messenger RNA directs the formation of a specific protein at a ribosome in the cytoplasm
  6. rewording something in less technical terminology
  7. the act of uniform movement [syn: displacement]
Translation Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Translation \Trans*la"tion\, n. [F. translation, L. translatio a transferring, translation, version. See Translate, and cf. Tralation.]
  1. The act of translating, removing, or transferring; removal; also, the state of being translated or removed; as, the translation of Enoch; the translation of a bishop.
  2. The act of rendering into another language; interpretation; as, the translation of idioms is difficult.
  3. That which is obtained by translating something a version; as, a translation of the Scriptures.
  4. (Rhet.) A transfer of meaning in a word or phrase, a metaphor; a tralation. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
  5. (Metaph.) Transfer of meaning by association; association of ideas. --A. Tucker.
  6. (Kinematics) Motion in which all the points of the moving body have at any instant the same velocity and direction of motion; -- opposed to rotation.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Translation'

Translation is the communication of the meaning of a source-language text by means of an equivalent target-language text.

Translators always risk inappropriate spill-over of source-language idiom and usage into the target-language translation. On the other hand, spill-overs have imported useful source-language calques and loanwords that have enriched the target languages. Indeed, translators have helped substantially to shape the languages into which they have translated.

Due to the demands of business documentation consequent to the Industrial Revolution that began in the mid-18th century, some translation specialties have become formalized, with dedicated schools and professional associations.

Because of the laboriousness of translation, since the 1940s engineers have sought to automate translation (machine translation) or to mechanically aid the human translator (computer-assisted translation).

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'Translation' in famous quotation sentence

* For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act - Dante Alighieri

* For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act - Alighieri Dante

* Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life, it is life itself. - Henry Havelock Ellis

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  • JRR Tolkien translation of Beowulf to be published after 90-year wait
    The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings author's version of epic Anglo-Saxon poem fleshes out heroes' past, says son who edited manuscript Hwæt! Almost 90 years after JRR Tolkien translated the 11th-century poem Beowulf, The Lord of the Rings author's version of the epic story is to be published for the first time in an edition which his son Christopher Tolk Read more on this news related to 'Translation'
  • BRIC Language Systems Wins PrivCo's Translation Services for Alibaba IPO
    BRIC Language Systems, shortly after entering the translation services industry, has been successful in securing a major account in PrivCo - Private Company Financial Intelligence founded by Sam Hamadeh. ... Read more on this news related to 'Translation'
  • JRR Tolkien's translation of Beowulf: bring on the monsters
    Although some might see yet another posthumous publication from JRR Tolkien as scraping the barrel, John Garth says that the author's expertise on the Old English epic suggests it should be taken seriously This week, HarperCollins announced that a long-awaited JRR Tolkien translation of Beowulf is to be published in May, along with his commentaries on the Ol Read more on this news related to 'Translation'

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