trans·​po·​si·​tion ˌtran(t)s-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce transposition (audio)
: an act, process, or instance of transposing or being transposed
: the transfer of a segment of DNA from one site to another in the genome
: the transfer of any term of an equation from one side over to the other side with a corresponding change of the sign
: a mathematical permutation or interchange of two letters or symbols
ˌtran(t)s-pə-ˈzish-nəl How to pronounce transposition (audio)

Examples of transposition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s not an incredible amount of literal transposition of material from [Leamer’s] book to the screen. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2024 In his essay, Carne-Ross, who has no Wikipedia page but warrants a bronze statue in the cultural commons, kicks things off by planting a flag, offering up the term transposition as another conception of what translators might do. Wyatt Mason, Harper's Magazine, 26 Apr. 2024 Bautista, 28, underwent right elbow debridement and an ulnar nerve transposition, operations that include the removal of scar tissue and repositioning of a compressed nerve, respectively. Matt Weyrich, Baltimore Sun, 18 Feb. 2024 The Captain may suffer from his transposition to a new format, but the camera’s all-seeing eye also allows these peripheral figures greater depth. Alison Herman, Variety, 10 Apr. 2024 After augmenting the software a bit to incorporate transposition options, AZDecrypt got to work, and soon yielded its first breakthroughs. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 4 Apr. 2024 But this interlude — programmed at the insistence of Kendall, who also leads the 21st Century Consort — was an especially poignant transposition of Pärt’s work to the Folger’s hand-hewn vibe. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2023 There is a sensory transposition occurring—from eyes to ears, or vice versa—with the opportunity for all kinds of vital data to drop off or get lost in the process. Jayson Greene, Pitchfork, 17 Oct. 2023 There are no pure adaptations, no perfect transpositions of literary material into visual media, and, in fact, a bit of strategic infidelity is often the ingredient that animates a great adaptation. Phillip MacIak, The New Republic, 11 Oct. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of transposition was in 1538

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Cite this Entry

“Transposition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


trans·​po·​si·​tion ˌtran(t)s-pə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce transposition (audio)
: an act, process, or instance of transposing or being transposed: as
: the displacement of a viscus to a side opposite from that which it normally occupies
transposition of the heart
: 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
transpositional adjective
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