What does transition mean?

Definitions for transition
trænˈzɪʃ ən, -ˈsɪʃ-tran·si·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. passage, transitionnoun

    the act of passing from one state or place to the next

  2. conversion, transition, changeovernoun

    an event that results in a transformation

  3. transitionnoun

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

  4. transition, modulationnoun

    a musical passage moving from one key to another

  5. transitionverb

    a passage that connects a topic to one that follows

  6. transitionverb

    cause to convert or undergo a transition

    "the company had to transition the old practices to modern technology"

  7. transitionverb

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

    "The airline transitioned to more fuel-efficient jets"; "The adagio transitioned into an allegro"


  1. transitionnoun

    The process of change from one form, state, style or place to another.

  2. transitionnoun

    A word or phrase connecting one part of a discourse to another.

  3. transitionnoun

    A brief modulation; a passage connecting two themes.

  4. transitionnoun

    A point mutation in which one base is replaced by another of the same class (purine or pyrimidine); compare transversion.

  5. transitionnoun

    A change from defense to attack, or attack to defense.

  6. transitionnoun

    The onset of the final stage of childbirth.

  7. transitionnoun

    A change between forward and backward motion without stopping.

  8. transitionnoun

    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.

  9. transitionverb

    To make a transition.

  10. transitionverb

    To change from one gender role to another, or bring one's outward appearance in line with one's internal gender identity.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Transitionnoun

    Etymology: transitio, Latin.

    Heat and cold have a virtual transition without communication of substance, but moisture not. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    As for the mutation of sexes, and transition into one another, we cannot deny it in hares, it being observable in man. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iii.

    I have given some intimations of the changes which happen in the interior parts of the earth, I mean the transitions and removes of metals and minerals there. John Woodward.

    The spots are of the same colour throughout, there being an immediate transition from white to black, and not declining gradually, and mixing as they approach. John Woodward.

    You can scarce imagine any hero passing from one stage of life to another with so easy a transition, and so laudable a behaviour. Alexander Pope.

    As once inclos’d in woman’s beauteous mould;
    Thence, by a soft transition we repair,
    From earthly vehicles to these of air. Alexander Pope.

    Then with transition sweet new speech resumes. John Milton.

    Covetousness was none of his faults, but described as a veil over the true meaning of the poet, which was to satyrize his prodigality and voluptuousness, to which he makes a transition. Dryden.


  1. transition

    Transition refers to the process or period of changing from one state, condition, or situation to another. It can involve physical change, emotional change, or status change and usually represents growth, development, or movement. It's often marked by a transformation or a shift which can be gradual or sudden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transitionnoun

    passage from one place or state to another; charge; as, the transition of the weather from hot to cold

  2. Transitionnoun

    a direct or indirect passing from one key to another; a modulation

  3. Transitionnoun

    a passing from one subject to another

  4. Transitionnoun

    change from one form to another


  1. Transition

    Transition is an album of music by jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, recorded in 1965 but released posthumously only in 1970. As its title indicates, Transition was a bridge between classic quartet recordings like A Love Supreme and the more experimental works of Coltrane's last years. For some reason, Impulse! decided to alter the track listing of the original album on the CD edition, removing "Dear Lord" and replacing it with two pieces originally released on Kulu Sé Mama, both recorded on June 10: "Welcome" and "Vigil". However, the 2001 Japanese edition restored the original track listing. Coltrane's playing alternates between blues idioms and the free jazz that would dominate his final work. Of the four musicians on this album, pianist McCoy Tyner was still the most grounded in traditional jazz. Bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones were finding new ways to approach their instruments, while Coltrane took the lead with a newfound musical freedom. Transition's title track is a fifteen-minute modified blues, whilst "Dear Lord" is a ballad featuring Roy Haynes substituting for Jones on drums. "Welcome," which replaces "Dear Lord" on the album's compact disc release, is a five-minute ballad with a theme pitched high in the tenor saxophone's altissimo register and making extensive use of multiphonics. The closing "Suite" is a twenty-minute performance, covering a variety of moods. Ultimately, "Vigil", which concludes the CD release of the album, is a fiery duet between Coltrane and Jones.

Editors Contribution

  1. transition

    To change and evolve from a current form to a new and improved form.

    The government transition is systematic and easy.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'transition' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3909

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'transition' in Nouns Frequency: #1489

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of transition in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of transition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of transition in a Sentence

  1. Martha Beck:

    Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.

  2. Mick Mulroy:

    The incoming national security team deserves to have the full support of a transition to ensure the seamless transfer of power without incurring any unnecessary risk to our nation's security, said Mulroy, who is currently an ABC News contributor. I am supporting the incoming transition team because it is the right thing to do.

  3. Adam Schiff:

    We've reached the point, after the events of this week, where it would be very difficult to maintain the credibility of the investigation if the chairman did not recuse himself from matters involving either the Trump campaign or the Trump transition team of which he was a member, the questions are profound enough that I think we need to move past it, and ideally that would mean the chairman ought to recuse himself, not only from the investigation involving potential coordination or collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, but also any oversight of minimization issues affecting the Trump transition since he was a member of that Trump transition team.

  4. John Calhoun:

    The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.

  5. Deborah Espinal:

    We see many patients in transition that have a need for preventive services that cross genders, and we work to ensure that KP is both socially and medically sensitive to our transgender members before, during and after their transition.

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