Definition of transpose
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
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
Recent Examples of transpose from the Web
It will be closely examined to see how the government plans to carry out the difficult and time-consuming technical exercise of transposing EU law.
Correction Numbers in the address for Doc's Smokehouse and Craft Bar in last week's column were transposed.
In Hungary, the renowned composer Béla Bartók tirelessly documented as an ethnomusicologist the musical traditions of his homeland; and the unique sounds of rural Hungry were transposed within his own musical creations.
Transposing the Athenian comedy to Southern California, Casey Wilder Mott takes his bow as a feature director with a sensuous, silly and superbly cast version, one whose visually vibrancy matches its feel for the language.
Findings were then transposed into articles on Medium.com.
Before Frieze set up its swinging shop in London’s Regent’s Park, before Art Basel transposed its staid Swiss self onto Miami Beach, art fairs were small, concentrated events that targeted a narrow class of specialists.
The collection, called Masters, features Koons’ re-imagining of masterpieces by da Vinci, Rubens, Van Gogh and other great artists transposed on iconic Vuitton bags like the Speedy, the Neverfull and the Keepall.
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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.
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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