transpose

verb
trans·​pose | \ tran(t)s-ˈpōz How to pronounce transpose (audio) \
transposed; transposing

Definition of transpose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to change the relative place or normal order of : alter the sequence of transpose letters to change the spelling
2 : to change in form or nature : transform
3 : to render into another language, style, or manner of expression : translate
4 : to transfer from one place or period to another : shift
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

transpose

noun
trans·​pose | \ ˈtran(t)s-ˌpōz How to pronounce transpose (audio) \

Definition of transpose (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from transpose

Verb

transposable \ tran(t)s-​ˈpō-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce transposable (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

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. the number 9 looks like an inverted 6

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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.

Examples of transpose in a Sentence

Verb

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
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And, because sheet music of Chicago’s music and lyrics was not available in Russia, Vorobyev had to learn and transpose all the songs by ear, then write out charts for his group’s other members. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Russia’s top Chicago tribute band, Leonid & Friends, back in the USA," 7 Aug. 2019 If season one of Big Little Lies was a modern-day noir, then the second season is The Day After Tomorrow transposed onto the Pacific Coast Highway. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Big Little Lies Gets Tough," 28 June 2019 Such paranoid fantasies may be familiar to heavy consumers of YouTube and Reddit, but watching them transposed on to the structures of governance is a novelty. Corey Pein, The New Republic, "Antifa Is Arming Itself Against a Trump Crackdown," 2 July 2019 At the most fundamental level, a baby’s cry is the sound of human pain being transposed into human sound. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Everything you’ve been told about ‘dad rock’ is a lie," 12 June 2019 In other areas, companies are using artificial intelligence and optical character recognition to transpose information from external order slips into the system to ensure orders are filled correctly. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Finance Teams Bet Technology Will Bridge Budget Gap," 5 Mar. 2019 Correction: This post initially transposed Rogers with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "6 important questions Robert Mueller will want to ask President Trump," 25 Jan. 2018 Walt Disney chose to transpose the first film’s action to the more manifestly merrie Edwardian era, circa 1910. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "How Do You Reinvent Mary Poppins for 2018? Emily Blunt Has a Few Ideas," 8 Nov. 2018 Some pollsters have estimated that if the number and geographic distribution of Thursday’s local votes were transposed onto a map of parliamentary districts, the result would be another hung parliament. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Costs of Corbyn—and May," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Visual-effects studios in Hollywood transpose actors’ faces onto the bodies of fitter, more disposable stunt doubles. The Economist, "A faked video of Donald Trump points to a worrying future," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of transpose

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for transpose

Verb

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

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transpose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of transpose

: 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

verb
trans·​pose | \ trans-ˈpōz How to pronounce transpose (audio) \
transposed; transposing

Kids Definition of transpose

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

transpose

verb
trans·​pose | \ tran(t)s-ˈpōz How to pronounce transpose (audio) \
transposed; transposing

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

Other Words from transpose

transposable \ -​ˈpō-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce transposable (audio) \ adjective

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