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Dictionary Definition

transition

Noun

1 the act of passing from one state or place to the next [syn: passage]
2 an event that results in a transformation [syn: conversion, 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: modulation]
5 a passage that connects a topic to one that follows

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English

Noun

  1. the process of change from one form, state, style or place to another
  2. a word or phrase connecting one part of a discourse to another
  3. a brief modulation; a passage connecting two themes
  4. a point mutation in which one base is replaced by another of the same class (purine or pyrimidine); compare transversion
  5. (some sports) a change from defense to attack, or attack to defense
  6. the onset of the final stage of childbirth

Translations

process of change from one form, state, style or place to another
word or phrase connecting one part of a discourse to another
brief modulation; a passage connecting two themes
point mutation
change from defense to attack, or attack to defense
onset of the final stage of childbirth

Usage notes

In the United Kingdom education system the noun is used to define any move within or between schools, for example, a move from one year group to the next. Contrast with transfer which is used to define a move from one school to another, for example from primary school to secondary school.

Verb

  1. In the context of "intransitive|mainly|US": To make a transition.

Extensive Definition

Transition or transitional may refer to:
Transition may also be used for:
In print:
Television shows or episodes of similar name:
Albums of similar name:

See also

transition in German: Transition
transition in Spanish: Transición
transition in Esperanto: Transiro
transition in French: Transition
transition in Italian: Transizione

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

about-face, accommodation, adaptation, adjustment, alchemy, alteration, amelioration, apostasy, assimilation, assumption, becoming, betterment, break, change, change of heart, change-over, changeableness, communication, conduction, constructive change, contagion, continuity, convection, conversion, defection, degeneration, degenerative change, delivery, deportation, deterioration, development, deviation, diapedesis, difference, diffusion, discontinuity, dissemination, divergence, diversification, diversion, diversity, evolution, export, exportation, expulsion, extradition, fitting, flip-flop, gradual change, growth, import, importation, improvement, interchange, lapse, melioration, metamorphosis, metastasis, metathesis, metempsychosis, migration, mitigation, modification, modulation, mutation, mutual transfer, naturalization, osmosis, overthrow, passage, passing over, perfusion, progress, qualification, radical change, re-creation, re-formation, realignment, reconversion, redesign, reduction, reform, reformation, remaking, renewal, reshaping, resolution, restructuring, reversal, revival, revivification, revolution, shift, spread, spreading, sudden change, switch, switch-over, total change, transduction, transfer, transfer of property, transference, transformation, transfusion, transit, translation, translocation, transmigration, transmigration of souls, transmission, transmittal, transmittance, transmutation, transplacement, transplantation, transposal, transposition, travel, turn, turnabout, turning into, upheaval, variation, variety, violent change, volte-face, worsening
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