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transfer Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of moving something from one location to another
    conveyance; transportation; transport; transferral.
  2. noun someone who transfers or is transferred from one position to another
    • the best student was a transfer from LSU
  3. noun the act of transfering something from one form to another
    • the transfer of the music from record to tape suppressed much of the background noise
  4. noun a ticket that allows a passenger to change conveyances
  5. noun application of a skill learned in one situation to a different but similar situation
    transfer of training; carry-over.
  6. noun transferring ownership
  7. verb transfer somebody to a different position or location of work
  8. verb move from one place to another
    • transfer the data
    • transmit the news
    • transfer the patient to another hospital
  9. verb lift and reset in another soil or situation
    • Transplant the young rice plants
  10. verb move around
    • transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket
  11. verb cause to change ownership
    • I transferred my stock holdings to my children
  12. verb change from one vehicle or transportation line to another
    • She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast
  13. verb send from one person or place to another
    channelise; transport; transmit; channelize; channel.
    • transmit a message
  14. verb shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes
    • He removed his children to the countryside
    • Remove the troops to the forest surrounding the city
    • remove a case to another court
  15. verb transfer from one place or period to another
    transpose; transplant.
    • The ancient Greek story was transplanted into Modern America

Trans*fer" transitive verb
L. transferre; trans across, over + ferre to bear: cf. F. transférer. See Bear to carry.
imperfect & past participle Transferred ; present participle & verbal noun Transferring
  1. To convey from one place or person another; to transport, remove, or cause to pass, to another place or person; as, to transfer the laws of one country to another; to transfer suspicion.
  2. To make over the possession or control of; to pass; to convey, as a right, from one person to another; to give; as, the title to land is transferred by deed.
  3. To remove from one substance or surface to another; as, to transfer drawings or engravings to a lithographic stone. Tomlinson. Syn. -- To sell; give; alienate; estrange; sequester.
Trans"fer noun
  1. The act of transferring, or the state of being transferred; the removal or conveyance of a thing from one place or person to another.
  2. (Law) The conveyance of right, title, or property, either real or personal, from one person to another, whether by sale, by gift, or otherwise.
    I shall here only consider it as a transfer of property. Burke.
  3. That which is transferred. Specifically: -- (a) A picture, or the like, removed from one body or ground to another, as from wood to canvas, or from one piece of canvas to another. Fairholt. (b) A drawing or writing printed off from one surface on another, as in ceramics and in many decorative arts. (c) (Mil.) A soldier removed from one troop, or body of troops, and placed in another.
  4. (Med.) A pathological process by virtue of which a unilateral morbid condition on being abolished on one side of the body makes its appearance in the corresponding region upon the other side.

Webster 1913