[ verb trans-pohz; noun trans-pohz ]
/ verb tr忙ns藞po蕣z; noun 藞tr忙ns po蕣z /
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Definition of transpose

verb (used with object), trans路posed, trans路pos路ing.
verb (used without object), trans路posed, trans路pos路ing.
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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Origin of transpose

1350鈥1400; Middle English transposen to transmute <Middle French transposer.See trans-, pose1


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British Dictionary definitions for transpose

/ (tr忙ns藞p蓹蕣z) /

(tr) to alter the positions of; interchange, as words in a sentence; put into a different order
  1. to play (notes, music, etc) in a different key from that originally intended
  2. 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

Derived forms of transpose

transposable, adjectivetransposability, nountransposal, nountransposer, noun

Word Origin for transpose

C14: from Old French transposer, from Latin transp艒nere to remove, from trans- + p艒nere to place
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Medical definitions for transpose

[ tr膬ns-p艒z ]

To transfer one tissue, organ, or part to the place of another.
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Scientific definitions for transpose

[ tr膬ns-p艒z ]

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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