[syn: transform, transmute, transubstantiate]
3. alter the nature of (elements);
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Transmute \Trans*mute"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Transmuted; p.
pr. & vb. n. Transmuting.] [L. transmutare, transmutatum;
trans across + mutare to change. See Mutable, and cf.
To change from one nature, form, or substance, into another;
The caresses of parents and the blandishments of
friends transmute us into idols. --Buckminster.
Transmuting sorrow into golden joy
Free from alloy. --H. Smith.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: change in outward structure or looks; "He transformed into
a monster"; "The salesman metamorphosed into an ugly
beetle" [syn: transform, transmute, metamorphose]
2: change or alter in form, appearance, or nature; "This
experience transformed her completely"; "She transformed the
clay into a beautiful sculpture"; "transubstantiate one
element into another" [syn: transform, transmute,
3: alter the nature of (elements)