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 for permutation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Permutation \Per`mu*ta"tion\ (p[~e]r`m[-u]"t[=a]"sn[u^]n), n.
     [L. permutatio: cf. F. permutation. See Permute.]
     1. The act of permuting; exchange of the thing for another;
        mutual transference; interchange.
        [1913 Webster]
              The violent convulsions and permutations that have
              been made in property.                --Burke.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Math.)
        (a) The arrangement of any determinate number of things,
            as units, objects, letters, etc., in all possible
            orders, one after the other; -- called also
            alternation. Cf. Combination, n., 4.
        (b) Any one of such possible arrangements.
            [1913 Webster]
     3. (Law) Barter; exchange.
        [1913 Webster]
     Permutation lock, a lock in which the parts can be
        transposed or shifted, so as to require different
        arrangements of the tumblers on different occasions of
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an event in which one thing is substituted for another;
           "the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor
           blood" [syn: substitution, permutation,
           transposition, replacement, switch]
      2: the act of changing the arrangement of a given number of
      3: complete change in character or condition; "the
         permutations...taking place in the physical world"- Henry
      4: act of changing the lineal order of objects in a group

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "permutation":
     alteration, alternation, avatar, battledore and shuttlecock,
     catabolism, catalysis, commutation, consubstantiation, cooperation,
     counterchange, cross fire, displacement, exchange, give-and-take,
     heterotopia, innovation, interchange, intermutation, interplay,
     lex talionis, measure for measure, metabolism, metagenesis,
     metamorphism, metamorphosis, metastasis, metathesis,
     metempsychosis, modification, mutant, mutated form, mutation,
     mutual admiration, mutual support, mutual transfer, mutuality,
     novelty, quid pro quo, reciprocality, reciprocation, reciprocity,
     reincarnation, retaliation, something for something, sport,
     tit for tat, transanimation, transfiguration, transfigurement,
     transformation, transformism, translation, translocation,
     transmigration, transmogrification, transmutation, transposal,
     transposition, transubstantiation, vicissitude

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      1. An ordering of a certain number of elements
     of a given set.
     For instance, the permutations of (1,2,3) are (1,2,3) (2,3,1)
     (3,1,2) (3,2,1) (1,3,2) (2,1,3).
     Permutations form one of the canonical examples of a "{group"
     - they can be composed and you can find an inverse permutation
     that reverses the action of any given permutation.
     The number of permutations of r things taken from a set of n
     	n P r = n! / (n-r)!
     where "n P r" is usually written with n and r as subscripts
     and n! is the factorial of n.
     What the football pools call a "permutation" is not a
     permutation but a combination - the order does not matter.
     2. A bijection for which the domain and range are the
     same set and so
     f(f'(x)) = f'(f(x)) = x.

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PERMUTATION, civil law. Exchange; barter. 
       2. This contract is formed by the consent of the parties, but delivery 
  is indispensable; for, without it, it mere agreement. Dig. 31, 77, 4; Code, 
  4, 64, 3. 
       3. Permutation differs from sale in this, that in the former a delivery 
  of the articles sold must be made, while in the latter it is unnecessary. It 
  agrees with the contract of sale, however, in the following particulars: 1. 
  That he to whom the delivery is made acquires the right or faculty of 
  prescribing. Dig. 41, 3, 4, 17. 2. That the contracting parties are bound to 
  guaranty to each other the title of the things delivered. Code, 4, 64, 1. 3. 
  That they are bound to take back the things delivered, when they have latent 
  defects which they have concealed. Dig. 21, 1, 63. See Aso & Man. Inst. B. 
  2, t. 16, c. 1; Nutation; Transfer. 

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