# transpose

[verb trans-pohz; noun trans-pohz]

- 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.

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## Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com1, 5. rearrange. 3. invert.

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## Examples from the Web for transpose

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#### Transpose it into platinum or uranium—anything good and heavy.

The Galaxy PrimesEdward 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, 1906Various

#### But I can transpose to any of the copies of my portrait, anywhere.

The GalleryRoger Phillips Graham

#### To transpose a quantity from one side of an equation to another is to place it across.

OrthographyElmer W. Cavins

# transpose

- (tr) to alter the positions of; interchange, as words in a sentence; put into a different order
- music
- 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

C14: from Old French transposer, from Latin transpōnere to remove, from trans- + pōnere to place

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## Word Origin and History for transpose

### v.

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.

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# transpose

([object Object])

- To transfer one tissue, organ, or part to the place of another.

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# transpose

[trăns-pōz′]

- 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.

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