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Meaning of transition by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: trănzĭ'shən, IPA: /tɹænˈzɪʃən/, X-SAMPA: /tr\{nzIS@n/
    • Rhymes: -ɪʃən


    transition ( plural: transitions )

    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. ( music ) A brief modulation; a passage connecting two themes .
    4. ( genetics ) 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. ( medicine ) The onset of the final stage of childbirth .
    7. ( education ) Professional special education assistance for children or adults in the process of leaving one educational environment or support program for another to relatively more independent living .
    8. ( skating ) A change between forward and backward motion without stopping .
    9. ( LGBT ) The process or act of changing from one gender role to another, or of bringing one's outward appearance in line with one's internal gender identity .

    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. In the United States education system the, noun is used to define a move from a one phase of an Independent Educational Program ( IEP ) to another specifically regarding the child's or adult's progress from more or less special educational support to greater independent living .


    transition ( third-person singular simple present transitions present participle transitioning, simple past and past participle transitioned )

    1. ( intransitive, 主にUS ) To make a transition .
    2. ( LGBT ) To change from one gender role to another, or bring one's outward appearance in line with one's internal gender identity.

Explanation of transition by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make or undergo a transition ( from one state or system to another )

    2. The airline transitioned to more fuel-efficient jets
      The adagio transitioned into an allegro
    3. cause to convert or undergo a transition

    4. the company had to transition the old practices to modern technology
    1. the act of passing from one state or place to the next

    2. a passage that connects a topic to one that follows

    3. a musical passage moving from one key to another

    4. a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another

    5. an event that results in a transformation

    Definition of transition by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Transition 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.

      ☞ This word is sometimes pronounced transishun; but according to Walker, Smart, and most other authorities, the customary and preferable pronunciation is transizhun, although this latter mode violates analogy. Other authorities say tranzishun.

      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.