Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To reverse or transfer the order or place of; interchange.
  • transitive v. To put into a different place or order: transpose the words of a sentence. See Synonyms at reverse.
  • transitive v. Mathematics To move (a term) from one side of an algebraic equation to the other side, reversing its sign to maintain equality.
  • transitive v. Music To write or perform (a composition) in a key other than the original or given key.
  • transitive v. To render into another language.
  • transitive v. To alter in form or nature; transform.
  • intransitive v. Music To write or perform music in a different key.
  • intransitive v. To admit of being transposed.
  • n. Mathematics A matrix formed by interchanging the rows and columns of a given matrix.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To reverse or change the order of (two or more things); to swap or interchange.
  • v. (music) To rewrite or perform (a piece) in another key
  • v. (algebra) To move (a term) from one side of an algebraic equation to the other, reversing the sign of the term.
  • n. The matrix formed by interchanging the rows and columns of another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To change the place or order of; to substitute one for the other of; to exchange, in respect of position.
  • transitive v. To change; to transform; to invert.
  • transitive v. To bring, as any term of an equation, from one side over to the other, without destroying the equation; thus, if a + b = c, and we make a = c - b, then b is said to be transposed.
  • transitive v. To change the natural order of, as words.
  • transitive v. To change the key of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In electricity, to interchange as to position (the two parallel wires) of an electric circuit, specifically of a telephone circuit, so as to reduce inductive action from neighboring circuits. See transposition, 7.
  • To remove to a different place; transfer; transport.
  • To cause (two or, less frequently, more objects) to change places.
  • In algebra, to bring, as any term of an equation, over from one side to the other side. See transposition, 2.
  • In rhetoric, to change the usual order of (words).
  • In music, to alter the tonality of (a piece or passage) from a given tonality, either in performance or in transcription. See transposition, 4.
  • To transform.
  • n. Transposition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. transfer from one place or period to another
  • v. change key
  • v. change the order or arrangement of
  • n. a matrix formed by interchanging the rows and columns of a given matrix
  • v. cause to change places
  • v. put (a piece of music) into another key
  • v. transfer a quantity from one side of an equation to the other side reversing its sign, in order to maintain equality
  • v. exchange positions without a change in value

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English transposen, to transform, from Old French transposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin trānspōnere, to transfer : trāns-, trans- + pōnere, to place.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French, from Latin perfect passive participle transpositus, from transponere, to put across, from trans, across, and ponere, to put

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the verb.

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