- a passing from one key to another; modulation.
- a brief modulation; a modulation used in passing.
- a sudden, unprepared modulation.
verb (used without object)
Origin of transition
Synonyms for transition
Related Words for transitionalconditional, interim, temporary, protean, unsettled, varying, capricious, unpredictable, fickle, unstable, volatile, mercurial, fluctuating, intervening, medium, central, center, fair, average, median
Examples from the Web for transitional
Contemporary Examples of transitional
Was that a transitional moment for you from music to comedy?Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
Failing to forge lasting stability would leave us, this author and his like-minded aides, to call for a Transitional Council.The Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most
November 22, 2014
A transitional government was elected and a national dialogue took place to address key grievances.Yemen’s a Model All Right—For Disaster
Michael Shank , Casey Harrity
November 14, 2014
Industry will then, under the proposed rules, have a two-year transitional period over which to comply with the new requirements.Guess Who Doesn’t Want You to Know How Much Added Sugar Is in Your Food
July 19, 2014
During the transitional phase, board members Allan Mayer and David Danziger will reign as co-chairmen of the board.His Reputation Precedes Him: Dov Charney’s Blacklist
June 19, 2014
Historical Examples of transitional
Inside there is a good deal of transitional Norman work to be seen.Yorkshire Painted And Described
First came what I hold to have been the transitional stage of the mother-age.
Hermaphroditism must be regarded as a temporary or transitional form.
So far we have only spoken of complete inversion; but there are transitional stages.The Sexual Question
Her brother raised his finger; it was the transitional passage on the drum.Howards End
E. M. Forster
- a movement from one key to another; modulation
- a linking passage between two divisions in a composition; bridge
- 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
Word Origin 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).