- movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change: the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
- a passing from one key to another; modulation.
- a brief modulation; a modulation used in passing.
- a sudden, unprepared modulation.
- a passage from one scene to another by sound effects, music, etc., as in a television program, theatrical production, or the like.
- to make a transition: He had difficulty transitioning from enlisted man to officer.
- to change from one gender identity to another or to align one's dress, behavior, etc., with one's gender identity: My friend is transitioning without hormone therapy or surgery.
Origin of transition
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Related Wordsdevelopment, evolution, upheaval, progression, shift, conversion, passage, growth, progress, changeover, transformation, flux, transit, alteration, turn, metamorphosis, passing, transmutation, metastasis, realignment
Examples from the Web for transition
A second document was titled: “Gambia Reborn: A Charter for Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy and Development.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
Exactly when the transition to modern domestic creature took place, for a bird that is wild to this day, is controversial.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
December 27, 2014
How did you make the transition from pro surfer to modeling?Anastasia Ashley, Surfer-Cum-Model, Rides The Viral Internet Wave
December 23, 2014
He held intrigue for journalists converging for the transition of papal power.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
Will the transition of power from one Kim to another become drenched in even more blood?Kim Jong Un’s Kid Gloves Are Now Off
Gordon G. Chang
December 17, 2014
From one enemy of Robert the transition is brief and natural to another.Brave and Bold
For him these years were a period of mental growth, of transition, of development.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
This transition of thought from the cause to the effect proceeds not from reason.
Such measures are good as makeshifts in a period of transition.The Sexual Question
Let there be nothing in the state of transition worse than simple imprisonment.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
- change or passage from one state or stage to another
- the period of time during which something changes from one state or stage to another
- a movement from one key to another; modulation
- a linking passage between two divisions in a composition; bridge
- Also called: transitional a style of architecture that was used in western Europe in the late 11th and early 12th century, characterized by late Romanesque forms combined with early Gothic details
- any change that results in a change of physical properties of a substance or system, such as a change of phase or molecular structure
- a change in the configuration of an atomic nucleus, involving either a change in energy level resulting from the emission of a gamma-ray photon or a transformation to another element or isotope
- a sentence, passage, etc, that connects a topic to one that follows or that links sections of a written work
Word Origin and History for transition
1550s, from Latin transitionem (nominative transitio) "a going across or over," noun of action from past participle stem of transire "go or cross over" (see transient).