-ation, -ization (-iz[e] + -ation); -isation (British spelling variation)

(Greek > Latin: a suffix; action, act, process, state, or condition; or result of doing something)

Although there are over 1,450 word entries ending with -ation or -ization listed in this unit, there are certainly many more which exist in the English language. At any rate, this unit provides a significant number of -ation and -ization examples for you to see.

terrification (s) (noun), terrifications (pl)
A cause of great fear.
testification
1. The action or an act of testifying.
2. The testimony given.
3. A fact or object; such as, a document, etc.; serving as evidence or proof.
thermagation
The spot extermination of termites using high heat.

Either the whole house or a single area may be heated to 150 degrees and more.

—"A Form of Extermination for Termintes", The Atlantic Monthly,
August, 1994, page 100.

There is little scientific data on freezing and heating methods and both have drawbacks. Heating or thermagation is a non-chemical possibility but it can damage furniture, cosmetics, computers, tapes, CDs, foods, and any object that cannot withstand 140 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit; all must be removed from the premises and the price often is higher than fumigation.

Freezing uses liquid nitrogen to kill termites. It has proven to be an excellent non-toxic remedy in localized situations, but it is not particularly recommended for large areas.

Holes are drilled into the walls and liquid nitrogen under pressure is applied through the holes. Termites are 90 percent water and the nitrogen freezes them and they burst.

thermalization
The process of reducing the kinetic energy of neutrons by repeated collisions with other particles to approximately the thermal energy of atoms of the medium in which the neutrons are undergoing elastic scattering.

The energy of the atoms is thermal in origin and neutrons with reduced energies are termed thermal neutrons.

thermocoagulation
1. The process of converting tissue into a gel by heat.
2. Coagulation of tissue by the action of high-frequency currents; used in removal of growths and also used to produce stereotactic lesions in the brain.
3. Destruction and removal of tissue by coagulation utilizing high-frequency electric current.
thermohaline circulation
A pattern of global ocean circulation driven by density differences in water.
thermoinactivation
Destruction of the power to act as a result of exposure to heat.
thermopenetration (s) (noun), thermopenetrations (pl)
The application of currents of low tension and high amperage, that produce warmth in the deeper parts of the body; also known as, medical diathermy: "Diathermy", or thermopenetration, is the heating of the bodily tissues resulting from their resistance to the passage of high-frequency electromagnetic radiation, electric currents, or ultrasonic waves.

In medical thermopenetration, the tissues are heated but not damaged; however, in surgical diathermy (electrocoagulation) tissue is destroyed because of the use of a high-frequency electric current to bring about the coagulation and destruction of such tissue.

transfiguration
1. A striking change in the appearance or character or of circumstances.
2. A significant change in the form or the appearance of someone or something; a metamorphosis.
transformation
translation (s) (noun), translations (pl)
transliteration (s) (noun), transliterations (pl)
The act or results of representing letters or words in the characters of another alphabet, language, or script: Sam was unable to talk clearly, so he was using transliteration to communicate with others by producing his conversations in a sign language, and his friends were doing the same with him.
transmigration (s) (noun), transmigrations (pl)
1. The passing of people from one living zone to another for the purpose of having a better life.
2. The moving of the soul into another body after death, according to the opinion of Pythagoras.
3. A form of metempsychosis or rebirth which teaches that at death the soul leaves the body to be reborn in another body as a baby. It is closely associated and often confused with reincarnation.
4. In medicine, movement from one site to another which may entail the crossing of some usually limiting barrier, as in the passage of blood cells through the walls of the vessels.
5. In medicine, a wandering, especially a change of place from one side of the body to the other.
transmutation (s) (noun), transmutations (pl)
1. A complete change of the appearance, form, or nature of someone or something: Jim's ten-year old son is a transmutation of an amateur into a talented professional musician.

Ann's transmutations of sketches into works of outstanding art enticed many people to visit her exhibition.

More communities have successfully made transmutations of water power into electrical power.

2. The process of modifying a situation from one condition to another one: One example of transmutation can be when a person is having trouble making a final decision about how to accomplish an objective or how to get something done.
Having trouble trying to make up one's mind.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
so you can see more of Mickey Bach's cartoons.

transpiration