: a matrix formed from another matrix by interchanging the rows and columns
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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.
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.
the number 9 looks like an inverted 6
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
Recent Examples on the Web
But if brevity is the soul of wit, then transposing your three-minute sensibility onto a feature-length film is the ultimate test of one’s comedic mettle.—Michael Nordine, Variety, 17 Nov. 2023 Ives transposes the action to an America of rampant affluence and ghastly superficiality, populated by boorish Wall Street titans (Cannavale) and shady plastic surgeons (Shamos) and drug-dealing diplomats (Pasquale) and tightly wound Hollywood agents (Gray).—Peter Marks, Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2023 The book had too much exposition and dialog to be directly transposed into a film script, and so shortcut scenes had to be invented.—Patrick Frater, Variety, 8 Nov. 2023 Because the topic of Loewen’s extravagant yacht came up numerous times in the real trial, Betts transposed his tone-deaf flaunting of luxury signifiers to a decidedly key scene in the courtroom, amplifying its significance through Camp’s exacting performance.—Tomris Laffly, TIME, 6 Oct. 2023 Many works in the show feature photographs transposed onto the skin of the figures.—Eva Recinos, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 The cast from Bram Stoker’s novel are transposed to space junkers, who come across the derelict spaceship Demeter.—Vulture, 13 Aug. 2023 Some viewers may thrill at seeing gay love transposed into familiar tropes.—The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2023 By transposing sushi panache to hot dogs, plus offering ace sushi rolls too, Toh’s New South food trailer has become a new-generation HSV food standout.—Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 4 July 2023
The sequence of data transfer, transpose and orchestration.—Prashanth Southekal, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 See More
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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