Mutation vs Mutating - What's the difference?

mutation | mutating |

As a noun mutation

is any alteration or change.

As a verb mutating is


As an adjective mutating is

causing or tending to cause mutation.

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Alternative forms

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(en noun)
  • Any alteration or change.
  • (genetics) Any heritable change of the base-pair sequence of genetic material.
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  • A mutant.
  • (linguistics) An alteration a particular sound of a word, especially the initial consonant, which is triggered by the word's morphological or syntactic context and not by its phonological context.
  • (rare) A (collective noun) for a collection of thrushes.
  • * 1984 , Virginia Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Wildlife , volume 45:
  • Birdwatchers would enjoy a host of sparrows, a herd of swans, a descent of woodpeckers, a herd of wrens, and mutation of thrushes.
  • * 2010 , Doug Bennet, Tim Tiner, The Complete Up North: A Guide to Ontario's Wilderness from Black Flies to the Northern Lights , page 57:
  • Names for a group: A flute or mutation of thrushes.
  • * 2013 , Jason Sacher, A Compendium of Collective Nouns: From an Armory of Aardvarks to a Zeal of Zebras , page 196:
  • A Mutation of Thrushes
    The authors of the books of venery were not predicting Darwin with this term, but taking a cue from a common fable of the time.




  • Adjective

  • Causing or tending to cause mutation.
  • The mutating process that cells undergo can lead to cancer.
    std::sort is a mutating algorithm.
  • (programming, of an object) Having the ability to make changes to data other than its makeup.
  • The begin() member of std::string returns a mutating iterator.