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- (science fiction) To transform the atmosphere (or biosphere) of another planet into one having the characteristics of Earth.
1942 July, Williamson, Jack, “Collision Orbit”, in Astounding Science-Fiction, volume 29, number 5, page 82:
- He had been the original claimant of Obania, forty years ago; and Drake was the young spatial engineer he employed to terraform the little rock, only two kilometers through—by sinking a shaft to its heart for the paragravity installation, generating oxygen and water from mineral oxides, releasing absorptive gases to trap the feeble heat of the far-off Sun.
transform into one having the characteristics of Earth