Learner's definition of TRANSLATION
1 a : words that have been changed from one language into a different language : words that have been translated
She is working on a translation of the novel.
a new translation of the Iliad
an accurate translation
a literal translation
a rough/loose translation
There were English translations on the menu.
[noncount] b [noncount] : the act or process of translating something into a different language
Some things defy translation. [=are impossible to translate]
The quote loses something in translation. [=the quote does not have the same meaning or effectiveness when it is translated into another language]
Something must have gotten lost in translation [=lost when changed from one language into another] because the joke isn't funny in English.
2 [noncount], formal : the act or process of changing something from one form to another : transformation