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.
2. To change; to transform; to invert. [R.]
Things base and vile, holding no quantity,Shak.
Love can transpose to form and dignity.
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.
4. (Gram.) To change the natural order of, as words.
5. (Mus.) To change the key of.
(Trans*pos"er) n. One who transposes.
(Trans`po*si"tion) n. [F. transposition, from L. transponere, transpositum, to set over,
remove, transfer; trans across, over + ponere to place. See Position.] The act of transposing, or the
state of being transposed. Specifically:
(a) (Alg.) The bringing of any term of an equation from one side over to the other without destroying
(b) (Gram.) A change of the natural order of words in a sentence; as, the Latin and Greek languages
admit transposition, without inconvenience, to a much greater extent than the English.
(c) (Mus.) A change of a composition into another key.
(Trans`po*si"tion*al) a. Of or pertaining to transposition; involving transposition. Pegge.
(Trans*pos"i*tive) a. Made by transposing; consisting in transposition; transposable.
(Trans*print") v. t. [Pref. trans- + print.] To transfer to the wrong place in printing; to print
out of place. [R.] Coleridge.
(Trans*prose") v. t. [Pref. trans- + prose.] To change from prose into verse; to versify; also,
to change from verse into prose. [Obs.] Dryden.
(Trans*re"gion*ate) a. [Pref. trans- + region.] Foreign. [Obs.] Holinshed.
(Trans*shape") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Transshaped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Transshaping.] [Pref.
trans- + shape.] To change into another shape or form; to transform. [Written also transhape.] Shak.
(Trans*ship") v. t. [Pref. trans- + ship.] To transfer from one ship or conveyance to another.
[Written also tranship.]
(Trans*ship"ment) n. The act of transshipping, or transferring, as goods, from one ship
or conveyance to another. [Written also transhipment.]
(Trans"sum`mer) n. (Naut.) See Transom, 2.
(Tran`sub*stan"ti*ate) v. t. [LL. transubstantiatus, p. p. of transubstantiare to transubstantiate; L.
trans across, over + substantia substance. See Substance.]
1. To change into another substance. [R.]
The spider love which transubstantiates all,Donne.
And can convert manna to gall.