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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Passage from one form, state, style, or place to another.
  • n. Passage from one subject to another in discourse.
  • n. A word, phrase, sentence, or series of sentences connecting one part of a discourse to another.
  • n. Music A modulation, especially a brief one.
  • n. Music A passage connecting two themes or sections.
  • n. Genetics A point mutation in which a pyrimidine is replaced by another pyrimidine, or a purine is replaced by another purine.
  • n. Sports The process of changing from defense to offense or offense to defense, as in basketball or hockey.
  • n. A period during childbirth that precedes the expulsive phase of labor, characterized by strong uterine contractions and nearly complete cervical dilation.
  • intransitive v. To make a transition.
  • intransitive v. Sports To change from defense to offense or offense to defense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of change from one form, state, style or place to another.
  • n. A word or phrase connecting one part of a discourse to another.
  • n. A brief modulation; a passage connecting two themes.
  • n. A point mutation in which one base is replaced by another of the same class (purine or pyrimidine); compare transversion.
  • n. A change from defense to attack, or attack to defense.
  • n. The onset of the final stage of childbirth.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A change between forward and backward motion without stopping.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To make a transition.
  • v. To change from one gender role to another, or bring one's outward appearance in line with one's internal gender identity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Passage from one place or state to another; charge.
  • n. A direct or indirect passing from one key to another; a modulation.
  • n. A passing from one subject to another.
  • n. Change from one form to another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Passage from one place, state, or act to another; change: as, a sudden transition from anger to mirth; a state of transition.
  • n. In rhetoric, a passing from one subject to another.
  • n. In music, same (usually) as modulation.
  • n. In geology, the English form of the name (used attributively or as an adjective) given by Werner to certain strata which he investigated in northern Germany, and found to have, to a certain extent, the mineral character of the socalled primitive rocks, while also exhibiting indications of a mechanical origin, and even containing occasional fossils, thus indicating a transition or passage from primary to secondary.
  • n. In art hist., an epoch or stage of change from one style or state of development in art to the next succeeding; especially, in Greek art, the stage of change from the archaic to the bloom of art, and in medieval art, that from the round-arched or Romanesque to the Pointed style.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a passage that connects a topic to one that follows
  • n. the act of passing from one state or place to the next
  • v. cause to convert or undergo a transition
  • v. make or undergo a transition (from one state or system to another)
  • n. an event that results in a transformation
  • n. a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another
  • n. a musical passage moving from one key to another

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  • 1975 Aviation Week & Space Technol. 6 Jan. 43/3 Transitioning to the advanced displays from the basic dial indicators found in standard aircraft sometimes causes minor confusion.

    June 1, 2008