Transpose Trans*pose", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Transposed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Transposing}.] [F. transposer; pref. trans- (L. trans across) + poser to put. See {Pose}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To change the place or order of; to substitute one for the other of; to exchange, in respect of position; as, to transpose letters, words, or propositions. [1913 Webster]

2. To change; to transform; to invert. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Alg.) To bring, as any term of an equation, from one side over to the other, without destroying the equation; thus, if a + b = c, and we make a = c - b, then b is said to be transposed. [1913 Webster]

4. (Gram.) To change the natural order of, as words. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mus.) To change the key of. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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