Definition of transpose
1 : to change in form or nature : transform
2 : to render into another language, style, or manner of expression : translate
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
transposableplay \-ˈpō-zə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of transpose in a sentence
I must have accidentally transposed the numbers when I dialed his phone number.
a story originally set in London that has been transposed to Paris for this film
a melody transposed to the key of C
Did You Know?
Though transposing two digits can be disastrous, transposing two letters in a word often doesn't matter too much. (You can prboalby raed tihs setnence witohut too mcuh toruble.) Transposing two words or sounds—as in "Can I sew you to another sheet?"—has been a good source of humor over the years. Doctors sometimes discover that something in the body—a nerve, an organ, etc.—has been transposed, or moved away from its proper place. For musicians, transposing means changing the key of a piece; if you can do this at a moment's notice, you've been well trained.
Origin and Etymology 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
Definition of transpose
: a matrix formed from another matrix by interchanging the rows and columns
First Known Use of transpose
TRANSPOSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of transpose for English Language Learners
: 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
TRANSPOSE Defined for Kids
Definition of transpose for Students
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 Definition of transpose
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