from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive & intransitive verb To subject to or undergo metathesis.

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  • verb linguistics To undergo or to subject to metathesis; of sounds, to switch positions in a word.


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metathesis + -ize


  • By 1980 we had transferred the principles behind tantalum chemistry to tungsten, molybdenum, and rhenium, and had shown what type of tungsten species would metathesize olefins.

    Richard R. Schrock - Autobiography

  • (Dad claims not to metathesize the R and T in comfortable, but when he tried to convince us of this by pronouncing it carefully, he ended up saying something like "curmfitable".)



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