from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To change (one substance) into another; transmute.
- transitive v. Christianity To change the substance of (the Eucharistic bread and wine) into the body and blood of Jesus.
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- v. To change one substance into another; to transmute.
- v. To change the bread and wine of the Eucharist into the body and blood of Jesus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To change into another substance.
- transitive v. To change, as the sacramental elements, bread and wine, into the flesh and blood of Christ.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To change from one substance to another.
- Specifically, in theology, to change from bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ: said of the elements in the eucharist. See transubstantiation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. change or alter in form, appearance, or nature
- v. change (the Eucharist bread and wine) into the body and blood of Christ
Medieval Latin trānsubstantiāre, trānsubstantiāt- : Latin trāns-, trans- + Latin substantia, substance; see substance.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)