transpose

If you transpose something, you change the order. You could transpose the phrases in that first sentence by writing, "You change the order if you transpose something."

In music, you also transpose when you change the key. When a song is a little high for you, you can transpose it to bring it down into your natural range. In math, to transpose is to move something from one side of an equation to another. In the equation x + 3 = 2y, you can solve for x by transposing the 3 to the other side of the equation, which will change its sign and give you x = 2y - 3.

Primary Meanings of transpose

1.
vn
change the order or arrangement of
a matrix formed by interchanging the rows and columns of a given matrix
2.
v
put (a piece of music) into another key
Full Definitions of transpose
1

v change the order or arrangement of

“Dyslexics often transpose letters in a word”
Synonyms:
commute, permute
Types:
map, represent
to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)
Type of:
change by reversal, reverse, turn
change to the contrary

v cause to change places

Synonyms:
counterchange, interchange
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v transfer a quantity from one side of an equation to the other side reversing its sign, in order to maintain equality

Type of:
shift, transfer
move around

v transfer from one place or period to another

Synonyms:
transfer, transplant
Type of:
shift
move from one setting or context to another

v exchange positions without a change in value

Synonyms:
commute
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

n a matrix formed by interchanging the rows and columns of a given matrix

Type of:
matrix
(mathematics) a rectangular array of quantities or expressions set out by rows and columns; treated as a single element and manipulated according to rules
2

v put (a piece of music) into another key

Type of:
arrange, set
adapt for performance in a different way

v change key

“Can you transpose this fugue into G major?”
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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