trans·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌtran(t)s-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce transposition (audio) \

Definition of transposition

1a : an act, process, or instance of transposing or being transposed
b : the transfer of a segment of DNA from one site to another in the genome
2a : the transfer of any term of an equation from one side over to the other side with a corresponding change of the sign
b : a mathematical permutation or interchange of two letters or symbols

Other Words from transposition

transpositional \ ˌtran(t)s-​pə-​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce transposition (audio) , -​ˈzi-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of transposition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Balmain fine jewelry is the transposition of the maison ethos, iconic designs, and singular savoir faire into bold jewelry lines. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 July 2022 So Monet’s transposition of the empirical world into colored light can also be seen in the context of Buddhist ideas about the interconnectedness of all things. Washington Post, 7 July 2022 It’s the visual equivalent of a musical transposition, and music matters a great deal to Davies. Mark Feeney,, 2 June 2022 This week: Write an original Q-A joke featuring a spoonerism, the transposition of the beginnings of different words, as in the entries above from our 1995 contest. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Williams got through the season and summer session in Storrs before undergoing an ulnar nerve transposition and scope in the back of her elbow on July 8. Alexa Philippou,, 12 Oct. 2021 In a neat adaptation of the Encyclopedia’s transposition of doing into thinking, amateurism with regard to artisanship became a mark of professionalism with regard to art. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 But even the transposition of the AVMS Directive remains part of a larger picture. John Hopewell, Variety, 15 Sep. 2021 There’s spare, Constructivist logic and familial integrity at the heart of this sculptural idea—as well as sweet satisfaction in the recognition of the interrelatedness and transposition of top and bottom, inside and outside. Lance Esplund, WSJ, 15 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of transposition

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for transposition

Anglo-French transposicion, from Medieval Latin transposition-, transpositio, from Latin transponere to transpose

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31 Jul 2022

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“Transposition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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trans·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌtran(t)s-pə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce transposition (audio) \

Medical Definition of transposition

: an act, process, or instance of transposing or being transposed: as
a : the displacement of a viscus to a side opposite from that which it normally occupies transposition of the heart
b : the transfer of a segment of DNA from one site to another in the genome either between chromosomal sites or between an extrachromosomal site (as on a plasmid) and a chromosome

Other Words from transposition

transpositional \ -​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce transposition (audio) \ adjective


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