Transpose meaning

trăns-pōz
To reverse or transfer the order or place of; interchange.
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To move (a term) from one side of an algebraic equation to the other side, reversing its sign to maintain equality.
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To write or perform (a composition) in a key other than the original or given key.
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To render into another language.
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To alter in form or nature; transform.

A diary that was transposed into a novel.

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To write or perform music in a different key.
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To admit of being transposed.
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A matrix formed by interchanging the rows and columns of a given matrix.
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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”

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To transfer (an algebraic term) from one side of an equation to the other, reversing the plus or minus value.
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To rewrite or play (a musical composition) in a different key or at another pitch level.
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To transform; convert.
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To play music in a key or at a pitch level different from the one in which it is written.
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A matrix obtained by interchanging the rows and columns of a given matrix.
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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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To reverse or change the order of (two or more things); to swap or interchange.
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(music) To rewrite or perform (a piece) in another key.
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(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.
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(adjective, algebra) In matrix mathematics, a matrix with the characteristic of having been transposed from a given matrix.
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(adjective, algebra) In matrix mathematics, the resulting matrix, derived from performing a transpose operation on a given matrix.
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(linear algebra) In matrix mathematics, the process of rearranging elements in a matrix, by interchanging their respective row and column positional indicators.
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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.

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Origin of transpose

  • Middle 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 apo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French, from Latin perfect passive participle transpositus, from transponere, to put across, from trans, across, and ponere, to put

    From Wiktionary

  • From the verb.

    From Wiktionary