Definition of transposition in English:


Pronunciation /transpəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/ /trɑːnspəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/ /tranzpəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/ /trɑːnzpəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/


mass noun
  • 1The action of transposing something.

    ‘transposition of word order’
    count noun ‘a transposition of an old story into a contemporary context’
    • ‘For some elements, the mode of transposition is unknown, and they are either referred to as class III or left unclassified.’
    • ‘Transposable elements are divided into two major classes according to their mode of transposition.’
    • ‘They possess a replicative mode of transposition, so that the insertions are mostly stable.’
    • ‘Since neither mating type switching nor transposition will be discussed here in further detail the interested reader is referred to the reviews cited in this paragraph.’
    • ‘Neither substitution nor transposition works well by itself.’
    • ‘In January 1986 we performed our first elective switch operation for simple transposition of the great arteries.’
    • ‘The frequent use of the 12-note operation of transposition and the occasional use of inversion and retrograde’
    • ‘Not that I have any objection to transposition - quite the opposite - but it would seem sensible to me, if the High C can't be hit, to go with the A as Verdi intended.’
    • ‘Unlike directives, EU regulations have the force of law without requiring transposition into national legislation.’
    • ‘He said the Department of Health had years of notice to ensure the smooth transposition of the EU directive into Irish law.’
    • ‘An alternative explanation, which we cannot exclude, is that transposition and deletion events occurred in different generations.’
    • ‘It has been suggested that transposition could provide a mechanism for this behavior.’
    • ‘The increase in transposition observed over the first 24 hr could reflect increased transposase translation with time.’
    • ‘Since MITEs with coding capacity were previously unknown, the mechanism underlying their transposition remained elusive.’
    • ‘A duplication-transposition model based on seven duplications and four transpositions of MHC class I genes has also been proposed.’
    substitution, transposition, exchange, switch, switching, swap, swapping, reversal, inversion, change, rearrangement, reordering, replacement, replacing
    1. 1.1count noun A thing that has been produced by transposing something.
      ‘many acclaimed novels and plays have been little more than modern transpositions of classic myth’
      • ‘An audience that picked up none of the Shakespearian echoes and transpositions would still have a very entertaining - and moving - evening.’
      • ‘At the time, he had been nominated for a Tony award for originating the character of Maureen in Rent, a transposition of La Bohème to the Lower East Side.’
      • ‘His latest production, for example, seems to me a brilliant transposition from page to screen, a beautiful hybrid.’
      • ‘By the same token, boxing is a transposition of a noble pursuit of post-pub Britain into an artificial environment of padded gloves and gumshields.’
      • ‘He explains the importance of keeping options open, not prematurely resolving tension, not unnecessarily allowing transpositions, etc.’
      • ‘However, Skalkottas does employ transpositions both for their local (for the purposes of developing variation) and their large-scale (as a means of formal construction) consequences.’
      • ‘It all started out with a few unplanned transpositions while I was doing arrangements for my wind quintet on Sibelius, but now it's gotten completely out of hand.’
      • ‘This music is now far beyond his reach - even with downward transpositions, he had to omit the climactic high note in his last-act aria on opening night.’
      • ‘But divas and divos routinely substituted arias of their own choosing, and most operas developed ‘traditional’ cuts and transpositions.’
      • ‘It is almost absent from the second movement, but becomes important again, generally allied to motif ‘y’ or its transpositions, in the third, the Scherzo.’
      • ‘Eroding the familiar, bending form and style, comfort and stability blur and sublimate in her supple poetic transpositions of genre, gender, sexuality, and race.’
      • ‘There were very few transpositions of transposable elements or microsatellite mutations in these lines, evidence, in fact, for the absence of contamination by exogenous flies.’
      • ‘Having seen in my few years on this job many vowel-blend and diphthong transpositions, I can well believe someone wrote that.’
      • ‘These two meditations are based on ‘modes of limited transposition’, chromatic modes, used harmonically, whose strange colours derive from the limited number of possible transpositions.’
      • ‘Burgess' treatment of transpositions deserves some discussion.’
      • ‘If there's one great insight that he brings in this transposition of Uncle Vanya to 1960s north-east Scotland, it's that it's a very funny play.’


Mid 16th century from late Latin transpositio(n-) (see trans-, position).



/transpəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/ /trɑːnspəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/ /tranzpəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/ /trɑːnzpəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/