- the transposition of letters, syllables, or sounds in a word, as in the pronunciation [kuhmf-ter-buh l] /ˈkʌmf tər bəl/ for comfortable or [aks] /æks/ for ask.
- Chemistry. double decomposition.
Origin of metathesis
Examples from the Web for metathesis
Three of the most important of these are assimilation, dissimilation, and metathesis.
The metathesis may be due to association with the name Tankard (Tancred).
Its oldest form, anelas, is a metathesis of the common Old Fr.
Metathesis of r is seen in unwerste 134; rr is simplified in for 328.
M (mutare, metathesis) means 'transpose the premises' (as of Camestres).Logic
- the transposition of two sounds or letters in a word
- chem another name for double decomposition
Word Origin and History for metathesis
1570s, "transposition of letters in a word;" c.1600, "rhetorical transposition of words," from Late Latin metathesis, from Greek metathesis "change of position, transposition, change of opinion," from stem of metatithenai "to transpose," from meta- "to change" (see meta-) + tithenai "to place, set," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious). Plural is metatheses. Related: Metathetic.
- Double decomposition of chemical compounds in which an element or radical of one compound exchanges places with another element or radical in another compound.