noun, plural me·tath·e·ses [muh-tath-uh-seez] /məˈtæθ əˌsiz/.
Origin of metathesis
Examples from the Web for metathesis
Metathesis of r is seen in undren 205, in loruerde 103 the scribe has added r by anticipation.
We have seen (p. 57) that the letters l, n, r are particularly subject to dissimilation and metathesis.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)|Ernest Weekley
By metathesis the name further becomes transformed to Beodan or Beoan.The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran|Anonymous
Mo and do are here changed, by Metathesis and the substitution of one broad vowel for another, into am and ad.Elements of Gaelic Grammar|Alexander Stewart
Metathesis of r is seen in wernches 5, wrahhte 74, eauraskes 97 (forsc).
British Dictionary definitions for metathesis
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
Word Origin for metathesis
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.