- 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
Examples from the Web for transitionary
Historical Examples of transitionary
Not much beyond a century has passed since these were in the same convulsive and transitionary state as the Marquesans of to-day.In the South Seas
Robert Louis Stevenson
There no transitionary stratum extends between the primeval granite and the erupted rocks.The Desert World
Mr. Stubbs remarks on the Assemblies of the transitionary period in pp. 465, 469 should be specially studied.The Growth of the English Constitution
Edward A. Freeman
- 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).