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.
- trans·pos·a·ble, adjective
- trans·pos·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- trans·pos·er, noun
- non·trans·pos·a·ble, adjective
- non·trans·pos·ing, adjective
- un·trans·posed, adjective
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How to use transpose in a sentence
These discs, titled Miracle, transpose the invisible concept of ālaya into a tangible object.
I always thought, they would need to be an evidence to the story, and the way I would transpose it.Hedi Slimane Interview: ‘California Song’ at MOCA Los Angeles (PHOTOS) | Isabel Wilkinson | January 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I transpose; all have What harme was (but harm is monosyllabic, and the line is then bad).Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
I absorbed this idea almost unconsciously, and hardly know when I learned to transpose, so natural did it seem to me.Piano Mastery | Harriette Brower
Omit e corn, for bit read bite (so too at l. 211), and transpose, otwinne bite.
British Dictionary definitions for transpose
(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
- transposable, adjective
- transposability, noun
- transposal, noun
- transposer, noun
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Scientific definitions for transpose
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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