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[trans-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌtræns pəˈzɪʃ ən/
an act of transposing.
the state of being transposed.
a transposed form of something.
Genetics. the movement of a gene or set of genes from one DNA site to another.
Photography. the process of reversing the tonality of an image, as from negative to positive.
Mathematics. a permutation of a set of elements that interchanges two elements and leaves the remaining elements in their original positions.
Origin of transposition
First recorded in 1530-40, transposition is from the Medieval Latin word trānspositiōn- (stem of trānspositiō). See trans-, position
Related forms
transpositional, transpositive
[trans-poz-i-tiv] /trænsˈpɒz ɪ tɪv/ (Show IPA),
nontransposition, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Seymour suggests a transposition: you do, my son, look in a moved sort.

    The Tempest William Shakespeare
  • Had he lived in our times he would have made the transposition himself.

    Phaedrus Plato
  • He also saw that this transposition would necessitate other important alterations.

  • In a concave mirror the top and bottom are inverted, but this is no transposition.

    Timaeus Plato
  • He approved of the transposition of the speeches that Maxwell had made, or at least he no longer openly coveted them for Haxard.

    The Story of a Play W. D. Howells
  • Yes, indeed; but to the the gist of the matter is in the transposition.

    The Eagle's Nest John Ruskin
  • A difficulty about the carving was the more immediate cause of the transposition.

    My Lord Duke E. W. Hornung
  • Kramer also suggests the transposition of this sentence to the end of § 6.

  • Because he had nothing else to do at the moment, he amused himself by a process of transposition, of transmigration.

    Desert Conquest A. M. Chisholm
  • This story sounds like a transposition of a Zola melodrama to a finer key.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for transposition


the act of transposing or the state of being transposed
something transposed
Derived Forms
transpositional, transpositive (trænsˈpɒzɪtɪv) adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for transposition

1530s, from French transposition or directly from Medieval Latin transpositionem, noun of action from past participle stem of transponere (see transpose).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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transposition in Medicine

transposition trans·po·si·tion (trāns'pə-zĭsh'ən)

  1. Removal from one place to another.

  2. The state of being transposed or of being on the wrong side of the body.

  3. Transfer of a segment of DNA to a new position on the same or another chromosome, plasmid, or cell.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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