Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To change the order of.
  • transitive v. Mathematics To subject to permutation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To change the order of something.
  • v. To make a permutation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To interchange; to transfer reciprocally.
  • transitive v. To exchange; to barter; to traffic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To interchange.
  • To exchange; barter.
  • In mathematics, to subject to permutation or change of order.

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

  • v. change the order or arrangement of

Etymologies

Middle English permuten, from Old French permuter, from Latin permūtāre : per-, per- + mūtāre, to change; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The reason we sorted each value returned by the "permute" subroutine was so that each value would be in order.

    LXer Linux News

  • "permute" subroutine actually contains multiple scalar pseudo-lists.

    LXer Linux News

  • For all its spectacular qualities, the installation steers the viewer to pace himself, to reflect on the concept of number, as the broad spacing of the lamps compels one to swivel to see how combinations of one, two and three elements permute and progress within each room — whether these fluorescent tubes are fixed along the walls at their centers or their corners.

    Form, a Series

  • Although we permute and combine ideas in the imagination to form complex ideas of things we haven't experienced, Hume is adamant that our creative powers extend no farther than “the materials afforded us by the senses and experience.”

    David Hume

  • My desire to permute compositions of matter did not seem to fit with the physical chemistry being done at Harvard at that time.

    Richard R. Schrock - Autobiography

  • In a possible world inhabited by an evil demon (or permute this, if you wish, into a brain-in-a-vat case), the demon creates non-veridical perceptions of physical objects in people's minds.

    Reliabilism

  • Then permute the utility of every even period with the next one.

    Economics and Economic Justice

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    The Volokh Conspiracy » Questions for Readers:

  • What you are looking at is the statistical equivalent of a perfect hand of cards (think of all the other ways you could permute the parts, none of which would work) - except that we know how it came about: by the gradual-istic crane of natural selection.

    The God Delusion

  • I had thought a contrepet must simply permute the existing sounds.

    languagehat.com: SUBVERSIVE WORDPLAY.

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