AskDefine | Define transposition

Dictionary Definition



1 any abnormal position of the organs of the body [syn: heterotaxy]
2 an event in which one thing is substituted for another; "the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood" [syn: substitution, permutation, replacement, switch]
3 (genetics) a kind of mutation in which a chromosomal segment is transfered to a new position on the same or another chromosome
4 (mathematics) the transfer of a quantity form one side of an equation to the other along with a change of sign
5 (electricity) a rearrangement of the relative positions of power lines in order to minimize the effects of mutual capacitance and inductance; "he wrote a textbook on the electrical effects of transposition"
6 the act of reversing the order or place of [syn: reversal]
7 (music) playing in a different key from the key intended; moving the pitch of a piece of music upwards or downwards

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A shift of a piece of music to a different muscial key by adjusting all the notes of the work equally either up or down in pitch.


  • DeLone et. al. (Eds.) (1975). Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0130493465, Ch. 6.

Extensive Definition

Transposition may mean:
transposition in Czech: Transpozice
transposition in German: Transposition
transposition in Estonian: Transponeerimine
transposition in Spanish: Transposición (música)
transposition in French: Transposition
transposition in Hebrew: טרנספוזיציה
transposition in Dutch: Transpositie
transposition in Polish: Transpozycja
transposition in Portuguese: Transposição
transposition in Russian: Транспозиция
transposition in Slovak: Transpozícia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alternation, avatar, battledore and shuttlecock, catabolism, catalysis, communication, commutation, conduction, consubstantiation, contagion, convection, cooperation, counterchange, cross fire, delivery, deportation, diapedesis, diffusion, displacement, dissemination, ectropion, eversion, exchange, export, exportation, expulsion, extradition, give-and-take, heterotopia, import, importation, interchange, intermutation, interplay, introversion, intussusception, invagination, inversion, lex talionis, measure for measure, metabolism, metagenesis, metamorphism, metamorphosis, metastasis, metathesis, metempsychosis, migration, mutant, mutated form, mutation, mutual admiration, mutual support, mutual transfer, mutuality, osmosis, passage, passing over, perfusion, permutation, pronation, quid pro quo, reciprocality, reciprocation, reciprocity, reincarnation, resupination, retaliation, retroflexion, retroversion, reversal, reversing, reversion, revulsion, something for something, sport, spread, spreading, supination, tit for tat, topsy-turviness, topsy-turvydom, transanimation, transduction, transfer, transfer of property, transference, transfiguration, transfigurement, transformation, transformism, transfusion, transit, transition, translation, translocation, transmigration, transmigration of souls, transmission, transmittal, transmittance, transmogrification, transmutation, transplacement, transplantation, transposal, transubstantiation, travel, turning back, turning backwards, turning inside out, turning inward, turning over
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