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 The rearrangement of release windows also helps producers by not requiring that studios do separate promotional campaigns for theatrical release and home video anymore. Andrew Wallenstein, Variety, 21 Sep. 2022 Given the pure comic-bookiness of the source material, the show is a feat of print-to-screen translation, with enough narrative rearrangement to create convincing through lines across the season. Inkoo Kang, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Perhaps the most startling rearrangement came in Manhattan, an island long divided on an east-west axis. New York Times, 16 May 2022 In the case of Burkitt’s lymphoma, the cancerous cells also have a strange rearrangement of chromosomes, which scientists learned is linked to malaria infection. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022 Perhaps in groups like mammals, which have small population sizes, a rearrangement could randomly spread through what’s known as genetic drift, Rokhsar suggests. Quanta Magazine, 2 Feb. 2022 Last year, Green Bay restructured the deal to free salary-cap space, and the rearrangement resulted in a $14.76 million restructure bonus. Mark Inabinett |, al, 15 Feb. 2022 Yet again, my younger sister asked about the rearrangement. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 There will be no furniture rearrangement nor threats of emasculation at lunch today. Clark Collis,, 9 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rearrangement

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Sep 2022

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“Rearrangement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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