transformer
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /tɹænsˈfɔɹmɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /tɹænsˈfɔːmə/, /tɹɑːnsˈfɔːmə/
Noun

transformer (plural transformers)

  1. Something that transforms, changing its own or another thing's shape.
  2. (electrical engineering) A static device that transfers electric energy from one circuit to another by magnetic coupling. Their main use is to transfer energy between different voltage levels, which allows choosing most appropriate voltage for power generation, transmission and distribution separately.
  3. Alternative letter-case form of Transformer#English|Transformer
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Transformer
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /tɹænsˈfɔɹmɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /tɹænsˈfɔːmə/, /tɹɑːnsˈfɔːmə/
Noun

transformer (plural transformers)

  1. (toys) A toy in the Transformers (toy line) which has mechanical parts that allow it to be altered in appearance from its original form as a humanoid robot action figure to another form, usually a vehicle, depending on the toy.
  2. (fiction) One of the characters in the Transformers franchise who is an alien humanoid robot that can mechanically alter its appearance, or "transform", into a vehicle, creature, or (rarely) a tool.
    • 2015, Steve Berry, The Patriot Threat: A Novel, p. 304:
      “It's like a Transformer today,” Stamm said. “It appears as one thing, then becomes another.”
    • 2014, Barbara Brownie, Transforming Type: New Directions in Kinetic Typography, p. 95:
      A Transformer may be both a robot and a plane, or a robot and a car, but not both simultaneously.
    • 2012, Patricia Wettig, F2M, p. 46:
      Halloween? I dressed up as a Transformer. I dressed up as a Power Ranger. I was one of the Chipmunks for God's sake.



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