- The definition of transpose is to mix two things up or cause them to change places with each other, or to rewrite music in a different key, or to change something to a new form or place it in a new context.
- When you mix up two numbers and put the first where the second should go, this is an example of a time when you transpose the numbers.
- When you rewrite a musical piece written in A flat into A minor, this is an example of a time when you transpose.
transitive verbtransposed, transposing
- to transfer or shift; now, specif., to change the usual, normal, relative, or respective order or position of; interchange: inadvertently transposed the e and the i in “weird”
- to transfer (an algebraic term) from one side of an equation to the other, reversing the plus or minus value
- to rewrite or play (a musical composition) in a different key or at another pitch level
- Obsolete to transform; convert
Origin of transposeMiddle English transposen ; from Middle French transposer (for Classical Latin transponere): see trans- and amp; pose
verbtrans·posed, trans·pos·ing, trans·pos·es
- To reverse or transfer the order or place of; interchange. See Synonyms at reverse.
- Mathematics To move (a term) from one side of an algebraic equation to the other side, reversing its sign to maintain equality.
- Music To write or perform (a composition) in a key other than the original or given key.
- To render into another language.
- To alter in form or nature; transform: a diary that was transposed into a novel.
- Music To write or perform music in a different key.
- To admit of being transposed.
Origin of transposeMiddle English transposen, to transform, from Old French transposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin trānspōnere, to transfer : trāns-, trans- + pōnere, to place; see apo- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present transposes, present participle transposing, simple past and past participle transposed)
- To reverse or change the order of (two or more things); to swap or interchange.
- (music) To rewrite or perform (a piece) in another key
- (algebra) To move (a term) from one side of an algebraic equation to the other, reversing the sign of the term. In matrix mathematics, the process of rearranging elements in a matrix, by interchanging their respective row and column positional indicators.
(comparative more transpose, superlative most transpose)
From the verb.