Definition of transition in English:
1The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another: students in transition from one program to another a transition to multiparty democracy
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- The situationists only wanted what could never exist, never accepting a period of transition, a process of change.
- He skilfully dissects the complex and varied forms of the labour process during periods of transition.
- For these other countries, postcommunism designates the period of transition and radical democratic changes that followed the end of communist rule.
1.1A passage in a piece of writing that smoothly connects two topics or sections to each other.
- Both approaches have strengths and flaws, which we discuss at the end of the broad-brush passage in making the transition to the particularistic section.
- This is usually a boring topic, but the author makes the transition smoothly.
- What redeems the transition flaws is tight writing.
1.2 Music A momentary modulation from one key to another.
- I was bowled over by the energy of the Seventh Symphony which has a lovely transition in the First Movement and a dreamy Allegretto reminding one of hallowed antiquity.
- In a telling transition from B minor to F major, Delius calms the troubled man.
- A quick transition to the major tonality provides sunshine.
1.3 Physics A change of an atom, nucleus, electron, etc., from one quantum state to another, with emission or absorption of radiation.
- The absorption and emission spectra of molecules can be correlated with such transitions of electrons between allowed quantized energy levels.
- The active medium in a conventional laser is an electromagnetic cavity that resonates at the same frequency as the optical transitions of electrons in the medium.
- Now, when these electrons make a transition back to some lower energy level, electromagnetic rays are emitted in the process which carry away the energy.
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Undergo or cause to undergo a process or period of transition: [with object]: the network ought to be built by the federal government and then transitioned into private industry [no object]: we have transitioned from a high-intensity combat operation to a support role in the community
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- Each of us is in the process of transitioning our weaknesses into strengths, some faster than others, some slower than others.
- After 1945, the war industries quickly transitioned to peaceful purposes, and the recovery proceeded.
- Others are transitioning from more expensive private networks.
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- During this transitionary period, I anticipate that some posts will continue to be flirty, frivolous and funny, while others will reflect my mood at the time.
- But maybe that it what's wanted during this transitionary period when so many younger people bypass the newspaper for the web.
- Perhaps you have the good fortune of knowing a group of other newbies who can be your pals, or at least your transitionary pals.
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