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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Transition  \Tran*si"tion\,  n.  [L.  transitio:  cf  F.  transition. 
  See  {Transient}.] 
  1.  Passage  from  one  place  or  state  to  another;  charge;  as 
  the  transition  of  the  weather  from  hot  to  cold. 
 
  There  is  no  death,  what  seems  so  is  transition. 
  --Longfellow. 
 
  2.  (Mus.)  A  direct  or  indirect  passing  from  one  key  to 
  another;  a  modulation. 
 
  3.  (Rhet.)  A  passing  from  one  subject  to  another. 
 
  [He]  with  transition  sweet,  new  speech  resumes. 
  --Milton. 
 
  4.  (Biol.)  Change  from  one  form  to  another. 
 
  Note:  This  word  is  sometimes  pronounced  tran*sish"un;  but 
  according  to  Walker,  Smart,  and  most  other  authorities, 
  the  customary  and  preferable  pronunciation  is 
  tran*sizh"un,  although  this  latter  mode  violates 
  analogy.  Other  authorities  say  tran*zish"un. 
 
  {Transition  rocks}  (Geol.),  a  term  formerly  applied  to  the 
  lowest  uncrystalline  stratified  rocks  (graywacke)  supposed 
  to  contain  no  fossils,  and  so  called  because  thought  to 
  have  been  formed  when  the  earth  was  passing  from  an 
  uninhabitable  to  a  habitable  state. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  transition 
  n  1:  the  act  of  passing  from  one  stage  to  the  next  [syn:  {passage}] 
  2:  an  event  that  results  in  a  transformation  [syn:  {conversion}, 
  {changeover}] 
  3:  a  change  from  one  place  or  state  or  subject  or  stage  to 
  another 
  4:  a  musical  passage  moving  from  one  key  to  another  [syn:  {modulation}] 
  5:  a  passage  that  connects  a  topic  to  one  that  follows 




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