(linguistics) Transposition within a word of letters, sounds, or syllables, as in the change from Old English brid to modern English bird or in the confusion of modren for modern.
(chemistry) Double displacement.
Transposition or interchange.
- The transposition of sounds in a word or between words (Ex.: “clasp” developed from Middle English “clapse”)
- (chem.) The interchange of elements or radicals between compounds, as when two compounds react with each other to form two new compounds.
Other Word Forms
Origin of metathesis
- Late Latin from Greek from metatithenai to transpose meta- meta- tithenai to place dhē- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Late Latin metathesis, from Ancient Greek μετάθεσις (metáthesis), from μετά (meta, “among") + θέσις (thesis, “placement").