re·​ar·​range·​ment | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈrānj-mənt How to pronounce rearrangement (audio) \
plural rearrangements

Definition of rearrangement

1 : the act of rearranging something or someone or the state of being rearranged rearrangement of the furniture changes that will require some rearrangement of the schedule … lifting her hands for some rearrangement of her hat.— Henry James
2 chemistry : a shifting of the atoms or groups in the molecule of a compound to form an isomeric compound

Examples of rearrangement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such a rearrangement is hard to swallow for a firm like Zoom, whose mission is to foster global communication. The Economist, "Schumpeter Can Zoom be trusted with users’ secrets?," 20 June 2020 Interruptions of normalcy also present an opportunity for a broader rearrangement of society, beyond public health. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "A Greatest-Hits of Graduation Advice From 19 Experts," 1 June 2020 There are day/night and cold/warm light modes, with 24 grades of adjustable levels, and the device handles PDFs (with easy zoom and view rearrangement options), online browsing, and even writing apps. Popular Science, "Ebook readers that will save your commute," 17 Oct. 2019 Her mother had survived breast cancer, so the next few steps were no surprise: consultation, biopsy, and, when the biopsy confirmed cancer, rearrangement of her calendar in order to schedule a lumpectomy. Alessandra Colaianni, The New Yorker, "“For Now, We Wait”: Postponing Cancer Surgery During the Coronavirus Crisis," 22 Apr. 2020 There is a broad swath of the Radical thinking that was dedicated to the power of rearrangement. New York Times, "Living With Freaky Furniture," 12 Mar. 2020 There were also some large chromosomal rearrangements in response to the editing. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "First clinical trial of gene editing to help target cancer," 6 Feb. 2020 After unimpressive results in the first two Democratic party contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is making significant rearrangements in her television presence in two upcoming contests. Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News, "Elizabeth Warren campaign shifts ad spending after struggle in New Hampshire primary," 12 Feb. 2020 Cieslik and Chinnaiyan note that most of the same information could be gleaned by combining exome data with cheaper tests such as RNA sequencing and assays for rearrangements. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Massive cancer genome study reveals how DNA errors drive tumor growth," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of rearrangement

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Jun 2020

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“Rearrangement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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