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

  • transitive v. To reverse or transfer the order or place of; interchange.
  • transitive v. To put into a different place or order: transpose the words of a sentence. See Synonyms at reverse.
  • transitive v. Mathematics To move (a term) from one side of an algebraic equation to the other side, reversing its sign to maintain equality.
  • transitive v. Music To write or perform (a composition) in a key other than the original or given key.
  • transitive v. To render into another language.
  • transitive v. To alter in form or nature; transform.
  • intransitive v. Music To write or perform music in a different key.
  • intransitive v. To admit of being transposed.
  • n. Mathematics A matrix formed by interchanging the rows and columns of a given matrix.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To reverse or change the order of (two or more things); to swap or interchange.
  • v. (music) To rewrite or perform (a piece) in another key
  • v. (algebra) To move (a term) from one side of an algebraic equation to the other, reversing the sign of the term.
  • n. The matrix formed by interchanging the rows and columns of another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To change the place or order of; to substitute one for the other of; to exchange, in respect of position.
  • transitive v. To change; to transform; to invert.
  • transitive v. To bring, as any term of an equation, from one side over to the other, without destroying the equation; thus, if a + b = c, and we make a = c - b, then b is said to be transposed.
  • transitive v. To change the natural order of, as words.
  • transitive v. To change the key of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In electricity, to interchange as to position (the two parallel wires) of an electric circuit, specifically of a telephone circuit, so as to reduce inductive action from neighboring circuits. See transposition, 7.
  • To remove to a different place; transfer; transport.
  • To cause (two or, less frequently, more objects) to change places.
  • In algebra, to bring, as any term of an equation, over from one side to the other side. See transposition, 2.
  • In rhetoric, to change the usual order of (words).
  • In music, to alter the tonality of (a piece or passage) from a given tonality, either in performance or in transcription. See transposition, 4.
  • To transform.
  • n. Transposition.

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

  • v. transfer from one place or period to another
  • v. change key
  • v. change the order or arrangement of
  • n. a matrix formed by interchanging the rows and columns of a given matrix
  • v. cause to change places
  • v. put (a piece of music) into another key
  • v. transfer a quantity from one side of an equation to the other side reversing its sign, in order to maintain equality
  • v. exchange positions without a change in value

Etymologies

Middle English transposen, to transform, from Old French transposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin trānspōnere, to transfer : trāns-, trans- + pōnere, to place.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Latin perfect passive participle transpositus, from transponere, to put across, from trans, across, and ponere, to put (Wiktionary)
From the verb. (Wiktionary)

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