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English noun: transmutation

1. transmutation (act) an act that changes the form or character or substance of something


Broader (hypernym)conversion

2. transmutation (event) a qualitative change

Synonymsshift, transformation

Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification

Narrower (hyponym)advance, betterment, changeover, conversion, degeneration, improvement, population shift, pyrolysis, retrogression, sea change, strengthening, sublimation, tin disease, tin pest, tin plague, transition, weakening

3. transmutation (event) (physics) the change of one chemical element into another (as by nuclear decay or radioactive bombardment)

SamplesThe transmutation of base metals into gold proved to be impossible.

Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

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