Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To change the order of something.
  • verb transitive, mathematics To make a permutation.

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

  • verb change the order or arrangement of

Etymologies

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

[Middle English permuten, from Old French permuter, from Latin permūtāre : per-, per- + mūtāre, to change; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

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

  • 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

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

    Economics and Economic Justice

  • 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

  • March 11, 2006, 4: 03 pm bill consolidation and debt management program says: bill consolidation and debt management program semanticist, paraffin investigators glass permute

    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

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