Associations to the word «Permutation»


PERMUTATION, noun. One of the ways something exists, or the ways a set of objects can be ordered.
PERMUTATION, noun. (mathematics) A one-to-one mapping from a finite set to itself.
PERMUTATION, noun. (mathematics) (combinatorics) An ordering of a finite set of distinct elements.
PERMUTATION, noun. (music) A transformation of a set's prime form, by applying one or more of certain operations, specifically, transposition, inversion, and retrograde.
PERMUTATION GROUP, noun. (group theory) a group whose elements represent permutation of a set
PERMUTATION LOCK, noun. (dated) combination lock

Dictionary definition

PERMUTATION, noun. An event in which one thing is substituted for another; "the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood".
PERMUTATION, noun. The act of changing the arrangement of a given number of elements.
PERMUTATION, noun. Complete change in character or condition; "the permutations...taking place in the physical world"- Henry Miller.
PERMUTATION, noun. Act of changing the lineal order of objects in a group.

Wise words

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.