- to change the relative position, order, or sequence of; cause to change places; interchange: to transpose the third and fourth letters of a word.
- to transfer or transport.
- Algebra. to bring (a term) from one side of an equation to the other, with corresponding change of sign.
- Mathematics. (of a matrix) to interchange rows and columns.
- Music. to reproduce in a different key, by raising or lowering in pitch.
- to transform; transmute.
- to perform a piece of music in a key other than the one in which it is written: to transpose at sight.
- Mathematics. a matrix formed from a given matrix by transposing.
Origin of transpose
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Examples from the Web for transpose
These discs, titled Miracle, transpose the invisible concept of ālaya into a tangible object.Mariko Mori Rebirth at the Japan Society
October 10, 2013
Transpose it into platinum or uranium—anything good and heavy.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
See whether you can transpose these suggestions into the terms of your problem.
Substitute Roman figures for the Arabic numerals, and transpose the letters.Chatterbox, 1906
But I can transpose to any of the copies of my portrait, anywhere.The Gallery
Roger Phillips Graham
To transpose a quantity from one side of an equation to another is to place it across.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
- (tr) to alter the positions of; interchange, as words in a sentence; put into a different order
- to play (notes, music, etc) in a different key from that originally intended
- to move (a note or series of notes) upwards or downwards in pitch
- (tr) maths to move (a term) from one side of an equation to the other with a corresponding reversal in sign
- maths the matrix resulting from interchanging the rows and columns of a given matrix
Word Origin and History for transpose
late 14c., from Old French transposer (14c.), from Latin transponere (past participle transpositus) "to place over," from trans- "over" (see trans-) + ponere "to put, place" (see position). Form altered in French on model of poser "to put, place." Sense of "put music in a different key" is from c.1600. Related: Transposed; transposing.
- To transfer one tissue, organ, or part to the place of another.
- To move a term or quantity from one side of an algebraic equation to the other by adding or subtracting that term to or from both sides. By subtracting 2 from both sides of the equation 2 + x = 4, one can transpose the 2 to the other side, yielding x = 4 - 2, and thus determine that x equals 2.