Webster 1913 Edition
The act of transforming, or the state of being transformed; change of form or condition.Specifically: –
Any change in an organism which alters its general character and mode of life, as in the development of the germ into the embryo, the egg into the animal, the larva into the insect (metamorphosis), etc.; also, the change which the histological units of a tissue are prone to undergo. See
Change of one from of material into another, as in assimilation; metabolism; metamorphosis.
The imagined possible or actual change of one metal into another; transmutation.
A change in disposition, heart, character, or the like; conversion.
The change, as of an equation or quantity, into another form without altering the value.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Metamorphosis; change of form in insects; as from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
2.Transmutation; the change of one metal into another, as of copper or tin into gold.
3.The change of the soul into a divine substance, as among the mystics.
5.In theology, a change of heart in man, by which his disposition and temper are conformed to the divine image; a change from enmity to holiness and love.
6.In algebra, the change of an equation into one of a different form, but of equal value.