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Transition definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TRANSI'TION, n. transizh'on. [L. transitio.] Passage from one place or state to another; change; as the transition of the weather form hot to cold. Sudden transitions are sometimes attended with evil effects.
The spots are of the same color throughout, there being an immediate transition from white to black.
1. In rhetoric, a passing from one subject to another. This should be done by means of some connection in the parts of the discourse, so as to appear natural and easy.
He with transition sweet new speech resumes.
2. In music, a change of key from major to minor, or the contrary; or in short, a change from any one genus or key to another; also, the softening of a disjunct interval by the introduction of intermediate sounds.
Transition rocks, in geology, rocks supposed to have been formed when the world was passing from an uninhabitable to a habitable state. These rocks contain few organic remains, and when they occur with others, lie immediately over those which contain none, and which are considered as primitive.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the act of passing from one state or place to the next [syn: passage, transition]
2: an event that results in a transformation [syn: conversion, transition, changeover]
3: a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another
4: a musical passage moving from one key to another [syn: transition, modulation]
5: a passage that connects a topic to one that follows v
1: cause to convert or undergo a transition; "the company had to transition the old practices to modern technology"
2: make or undergo a transition (from one state or system to another); "The airline transitioned to more fuel-efficient jets"; "The adagio transitioned into an allegro"

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Latin transition-, transitio, from transire Date: 1551 1. a. passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another ; change b. a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another 2. a. a musical modulation b. a musical passage leading from one section of a piece to another 3. an abrupt change in energy state or level (as of an atomic nucleus or a molecule) usually accompanied by loss or gain of a single quantum of energy transitional adjective transitionally adverb II. intransitive verb Date: 1946 to make a transition <while they transition to a new, career-oriented lifestyle Sarah Bright>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a passing or change from one place, state, condition, etc., to another (an age of transition; a transition from plain to hills). 2 Mus. a momentary modulation. 3 Art a change from one style to another, esp. Archit. from Norman to Early English. 4 Physics a change in an atomic nucleus or orbital electron with emission or absorption of radiation. Phrases and idioms: transition element Chem. any of a set of elements in the periodic table characterized by partly filled d or f orbitals and the ability to form coloured complexes. transition point Physics the point at which different phases of the same substance can be in equilibrium. Derivatives: transitional adj. transitionally adv. transitionary adj. Etymology: F transition or L transitio (as TRANSIT)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Transition Tran*si"tion, n. [L. transitio: cf. F. transition. See Transient.] 1. Passage from one place or state to another; charge; as, the transition of the weather from hot to cold. There is no death, what seems so is transition. --Longfellow. 2. (Mus.) A direct or indirect passing from one key to another; a modulation. 3. (Rhet.) A passing from one subject to another. [He] with transition sweet, new speech resumes. --Milton. 4. (Biol.) Change from one form to another. Note: This word is sometimes pronounced tran*sish"un; but according to Walker, Smart, and most other authorities, the customary and preferable pronunciation is tran*sizh"un, although this latter mode violates analogy. Other authorities say tran*zish"un. Transition rocks (Geol.), a term formerly applied to the lowest uncrystalline stratified rocks (graywacke) supposed to contain no fossils, and so called because thought to have been formed when the earth was passing from an uninhabitable to a habitable state.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(transitions, transitioning transitioned) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. Transition is the process in which something changes from one state to another. The transition to a multi-party democracy is proving to be difficult. ...a period of transition. N-VAR 2. If someone transitions from one state or activity to another, they move gradually from one to the other. Most of the discussion was on what needed to be done now as we transitioned from the security issues to the challenging economic issues... There was a significant decline in the size of the business as the company transitioned to an intellectual property company. VERB: V from n, V to n, also V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Change, shifting.

Moby Thesaurus

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