Meaning of transpose

trans•pose

Pronunciation: (v.trans-pōz'n.trans'pōz), [key]
— v., n. -posed, -pos•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to change the relative position, order, or sequence of; cause to change places; interchange: to transpose the third and fourth letters of a word.
  2. to transfer or transport.
  3. to bring (a term) from one side of an equation to the other, with corresponding change of sign.
  4. (of a matrix) to interchange rows and columns.
  5. to reproduce in a different key, by raising or lowering in pitch.
  6. to transform; transmute.
—v.i.
  1. to perform a piece of music in a key other than the one in which it is written: to transpose at sight.
—n.
  1. a matrix formed from a given matrix by transposing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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