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

  • noun The act or an instance of transposing.
  • noun The state of being transposed.
  • noun Something transposed.
  • noun Genetics Transfer of a segment of DNA to a new position on the same or another chromosome or plasmid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of transposing; a putting of each of two things in the place before occupied by the other; less frequently, a change in the order of more than two things; also, the state of being transposed, or reciprocally changed in place.
  • noun In algebra, the bringing over of any term or terms of an equation from one side to the other side.
  • noun In rhetoric and grammar, a change of the usual order of words in a sentence; words changed from their ordinary arrangement for the sake of effect.
  • noun In music, the act, process, or result of altering the tonality of a piece or passage from a given tonality, either in performance or in transcription.
  • noun In geometry, any motion other than revolution.
  • noun In electricity, arrangement of the wires of a power-transmission, telegraph-, or telephone-line so that after a certain distance the wires change places with each other, for the purpose of reducing the disturbing effect of the line on other lines or of other lines on the former, which may occur by induction, electromagnetic or electrostatic.

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

  • noun The act of transposing, or the state of being transposed.
  • noun (Alg.) The bringing of any term of an equation from one side over to the other without destroying the equation.
  • noun (Gram.) A change of the natural order of words in a sentence; as, the Latin and Greek languages admit transposition, without inconvenience, to a much greater extent than the English.
  • noun (Mus.) A change of a composition into another key.

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

  • noun music A shift of a piece of music to a different musical key by adjusting all the notes of the work equally either up or down in pitch.

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

  • noun (genetics) a kind of mutation in which a chromosomal segment is transfered to a new position on the same or another chromosome
  • noun (mathematics) the transfer of a quantity from one side of an equation to the other along with a change of sign
  • noun (music) playing in a different key from the key intended; moving the pitch of a piece of music upwards or downwards
  • noun an event in which one thing is substituted for another
  • noun (electricity) a rearrangement of the relative positions of power lines in order to minimize the effects of mutual capacitance and inductance
  • noun any abnormal position of the organs of the body
  • noun the act of reversing the order or place of


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