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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Transposition


TRANSPOSI'TION, noun [Latin transpositio.]

1. A changing of the places of things and putting each in the place before occupied by the other; as the transposition of words in a sentence.

2. The state of being reciprocally changed in place.

3. In algebra, the bringing of any term of an equation to the other side.

4. In grammar, a change of the natural order of words in a sentence. The Latin and Greek languages admit transposition without inconvenience, to a much greater extent than the English.

5. In music, a change in the composition, either in the transcript or the performance, by which the whole is removed into another key.