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TRANSITION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does transition mean? 

TRANSITION (noun)
  The noun TRANSITION has 5 senses:

1. the act of passing from one state or place to the next
2. an event that results in a transformation
3. a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another
4. a musical passage moving from one key to another
5. a passage that connects a topic to one that follows

  Familiarity information: TRANSITION used as a noun is common.


TRANSITION (verb)
  The verb TRANSITION has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: TRANSITION used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TRANSITION (noun)


Sense 1transition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

passage; transition

Hypernyms ("transition" is a kind of...):

change of state (the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "transition"):

fossilisation; fossilization (becoming inflexible or out of date)

segue (the act of changing smoothly from one state or situation to another)


Sense 2transition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An event that results in a transformation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

changeover; conversion; transition

Hypernyms ("transition" is a kind of...):

shift; transformation; transmutation (a qualitative change)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "transition"):

glycogenesis (the conversion of glucose to glycogen when the glucose in the blood exceeds the demand)

isomerisation; isomerization (the conversion of a compound into an isomer of itself)

rectification (the conversion of alternating current to direct current)


Sense 3transition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("transition" is a kind of...):

alteration; change; modification (an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "transition"):

ground swell (an obvious change of public opinion or political sentiment that occurs without leadership or overt expression)

jump; leap; saltation (an abrupt transition)


Sense 4transition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A musical passage moving from one key to another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

modulation; transition

Hypernyms ("transition" is a kind of...):

musical passage; passage (a short section of a musical composition)


Sense 5transition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A passage that connects a topic to one that follows

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("transition" is a kind of...):

passage (a section of text; particularly a section of medium length)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "transition"):

jump ((film) an abrupt transition from one scene to another)

cut ((film) an immediate transition from one shot to the next)

dissolve ((film) a gradual transition from one scene to the next; the next scene is gradually superimposed as the former scene fades out)

flash-forward (a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to a later event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story)

flashback (a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story)


TRANSITION (verb)


Sense 1transition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to convert or undergo a transition

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

the company had to transition the old practices to modern technology

Hypernyms (to "transition" is one way to...):

convert (change the nature, purpose, or function of something)

Cause:

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

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 2transition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "transition" is one way to...):

change; shift; switch (lay aside, abandon, or leave for another)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s to somebody
Somebody ----s PP


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