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1transpose

transitive verb trans·pose \tran(t)s-ˈpōz\

: to change the position or order of (two things)

: to change (something) by giving it a different form, using it in a different place or situation, etc.

music : to write or perform (a piece of music) in a different key

trans·posedtrans·pos·ing

Full Definition of TRANSPOSE

1
:  to change in form or nature :  transform
2
:  to render into another language, style, or manner of expression :  translate
3
:  to transfer from one place or period to another :  shift
4
:  to change the relative place or normal order of :  alter the sequence of <transpose letters to change the spelling>
5
:  to write or perform (a musical composition) in a different key
6
:  to bring (a term) from one side of an algebraic equation to the other with change of sign
trans·pos·able \-ˈpō-zə-bəl\ adjective
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Examples of TRANSPOSE

  1. I must have accidentally transposed the numbers when I dialed his phone number.
  2. a story originally set in London that has been transposed to Paris for this film
  3. a melody transposed to the key of C

Origin of TRANSPOSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French transposer, from Latin transponere (perfect indicative transposui) to change the position of, from trans- + ponere to put, place — more at position
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of TRANSPOSE

reverse, transpose, invert mean to change to the opposite position. reverse is the most general term and may imply change in order, side, direction, meaning <reversed his position on the trade agreement>. transpose implies a change in order or relative position of units often through exchange of position <transposed the letters to form an anagram>. invert applies chiefly to turning upside down or inside out <a stamp with an inverted picture of an airplane>.

2transpose

noun trans·pose \ˈtran(t)s-ˌpōz\

Definition of TRANSPOSE

:  a matrix formed from another matrix by interchanging the rows and columns

First Known Use of TRANSPOSE

1937
TRANSPOSING Defined for Kids

transpose

verb trans·pose \trans-ˈpōz\
trans·posedtrans·pos·ing

Definition of TRANSPOSE for Kids

1
:  to change the position or order of <Transpose the letters in “tow” to spell “two.”>
2
:  to write or perform in a different musical key
Medical Dictionary

transpose

verb trans·pose \tran(t)s-ˈpōz\
trans·posedtrans·pos·ing

Medical Definition of TRANSPOSE

transitive verb
:  to transfer from one place or period to another; specifically :  to subject to genetic transposition
intransitive verb
:  to undergo genetic transposition
trans·pos·able \-ˈpō-zə-bəl\ adjective

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