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transposition

Syllabification: trans·po·si·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌtran(t)spəˈziSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of transposition in English:

noun

1The action of transposing something: transposition of word order a transposition of an old story into a contemporary context
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1A thing that has been produced by transposing something: in China, the dragon is a transposition of the serpent
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

transpositional

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • It is the underlying assumption of this paper that the transformation of interior into exterior constitutes a specific instance of the transpositional processes discussed therein.
  • These differences suggest that the structures of these elements are somewhat labile, and that different arrangements have evolved, all of which are compatible with transpositional activity.
  • Assays performed in Drosophila S2 cells and Drosophila embryos demonstrated the transpositional activity of Herves.

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