Definition for TRANS-PO-SI'TION

TRANS-PO-SI'TION, n. [Fr. from L. 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. Woodward.
  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. Busby.

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