Dictionary

transition

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1transition

noun tran·si·tion \tran(t)-ˈsi-shən, tran-ˈzi-, chiefly British tran(t)-ˈsi-zhən\

: a change from one state or condition to another

Full Definition of TRANSITION

1
a :  passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another :  change
b :  a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another
2
a :  a musical modulation
b :  a musical passage leading from one section of a piece to another
3
:  an abrupt change in energy state or level (as of an atomic nucleus or a molecule) usually accompanied by loss or gain of a single quantum of energy
tran·si·tion·al \-ˈsish-nəl, -ˈsizh-, -ˈzish-; -ˈsi-shə-nəl, -ˈzi-, -zhə-\ adjective
tran·si·tion·al·ly adverb

Examples of TRANSITION

  1. We want to have a smooth transition when the new owners take control of the company.
  2. the sometimes difficult transition from childhood to adulthood
  3. The country made a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy.

Origin of TRANSITION

Latin transition-, transitio, from transire
First Known Use: 1551

2transition

intransitive verb

: to make a change from one state, place, or condition to another : to make a transition

Full Definition of TRANSITION

:  to make a transition <transition into college>

Examples of TRANSITION

  1. The company has transitioned to new management in the past year.
  2. a student who is transitioning to a new school

First Known Use of TRANSITION

1946

transition

noun tran·si·tion \tran(t)s-ˈish-ən, tranz-, chiefly British tran(t)s-ˈizh-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TRANSITION

1
:  passage from one state or stage to another; especially :  an abrupt change in energy state or level (as of an atomic nucleus or a molecule) usually accompanied by loss or gain of a single quantum of energy
2
:  a genetic mutation in RNA or DNA that results from the substitution of one purine base for the other or of one pyrimidine base for the other

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: transitional cellPrevious Word in the Dictionary: transit instrumentAll Words Near: transition
March 03, 2015
thanatology Hear it
The study of death and grieving
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears