Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A complete change; a transformation.
  • n. The act of altering a given set of objects in a group.
  • n. Mathematics A rearrangement of the elements of a set.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A one-to-one mapping from a finite set to itself.
  • n. An ordering of a finite set of distinct elements.
  • n. A transformation of a set's prime form, by applying one or more of certain operations, specifically, transposition, inversion, and retrograde.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of permuting; exchange of the thing for another; mutual transference; interchange.
  • n.
  • n. The arrangement of any determinate number of things, as units, objects, letters, etc., in all possible orders, one after the other; -- called also alternation. Cf. Combination, n., 4.
  • n. Any one of such possible arrangements.
  • n. Barter; exchange.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Interchange; concurrent changes; mutual change; change in general.
  • n. Exchange; barter.
  • n. In mathematics, a linear arrangement of objects resulting from a change of their order.
  • n. In philology, the mutation or interchange of consonants, especially of allied consonants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of changing the arrangement of a given number of elements
  • n. act of changing the lineal order of objects in a group
  • n. an event in which one thing is substituted for another
  • n. complete change in character or condition

Etymologies

From Old French permutacion (French: permutation). (Wiktionary)

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