What does the word transmute mean?

Usage examples for transmute

  1. It would transmute the unsightly rubbish of the place into fertilizing ashes, and clear the ground for the plow. – Driven Back to Eden by E. P. Roe
  2. No matter how abundantly the ground may be enriched at first, time and chemical action are required to transmute the fertilizers into the best forms of plant- food, and make them a part of the very soil itself. – The Home Acre by E. P. Roe