# transpose

- 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.

## Origin of transpose

## Synonyms for transpose

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transmute, render, backtrack, move, commute, substitute, interchange, inverse, transfer, invert, transform, flip-flop, relocate, translate, alter, exchange, metamorphose, rearrange, transmogrify, put## 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 for transpose

## Word Origin and History for transpose

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.

## transpose

(trăns-pōz′)- To transfer one tissue, organ, or part to the place of another.

## 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.