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transition

1. Music
a. a movement from one key to another; modulation
b. a linking passage between two divisions in a composition; bridge
2. a style of architecture that was used in western Europe in the late 11th and early 12th century, characterized by late Romanesque forms combined with early Gothic details
3. Physics
a. any change that results in a change of physical properties of a substance or system, such as a change of phase or molecular structure
b. a change in the configuration of an atomic nucleus, involving either a change in energy level resulting from the emission of a gamma-ray photon or a transformation to another element or isotope
4. a sentence, passage, etc., that connects a topic to one that follows or that links sections of a written work

Transition

 

in biology, a type of mutation involving replacement of the nitrogenous base in deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). In transition, one purine base is replaced by another purine base (adenine for thymine, or vice versa), and the pyrimidine base by another pyrimidine base (guanine for cystosine, or vice versa).

transition

[tran′zish·ən]
(cell and molecular biology)
A mutation resulting from the substitution in deoxyribonucleic acid or ribonucleic acid of one purine or pyrimidine for another.
(communications)
Change from one circuit condition to the other; for example, the change from mark to space or from space to mark.
(quantum mechanics)
The change of a quantum-mechanical system from one energy state to another.
(thermodynamics)
A change of a substance from one of the three states of matter to another.

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i. The change in the state of a helicopter from hover to movement in a horizontal direction, and vice versa.
ii. A sudden changeover from a blind instrument approach to visual on first sighting the runway.
iii. The change(s) involved in passing from flying one type of aircraft to flying another, especially in connection with transition training.
iv. A published procedure (DP Transition) used to connect the basic DP (departure procedure) to one of several en route airways/jet routes, or a published procedure (STAR Transition) used to connect one of several en route airways/jet routes to the basic STAR (standard terminal arrival route).
v. The position at which the laminar flow changes into a turbulent flow on an airfoil.

transition

A change from one condition or state to another. See digital TV transition and slide transition.
References in classic literature ?
This transition costume, uniting as it did two centuries, was worn by the chevalier with the high-bred grace of an old French marquis, the secret of which is lost to France since the day when Fleury, Mole's last pupil, vanished.
The transition had been so sudden and so unexpected that it left me for a moment forgetful of aught else than my strange metamorphosis.
But when I slept, or when the virtue of the medicine wore off, I would leap almost without transition (for the pangs of transformation grew daily less marked) into the possession of a fancy brimming with images of terror, a soul boiling with causeless hatreds, and a body that seemed not strong enough to contain the raging energies of life.
I scarcely noticed the transition from the companion on my right hand to the lurching dog at my side.
There was no sensible transition from one state of mind to the other.
Everything, however, passed satisfactorily by a lazy and fascinating transition into the sphere of art, that is, into the beautiful forms of life, lying ready, largely stolen from the poets and novelists and adapted to all sorts of needs and uses.
What these happy persons took for reality was but a dream; but it was a dream so soft, so voluptuous, so enthralling, that they sold themselves body and soul to him who gave it to them, and obedient to his orders as to those of a deity, struck down the designated victim, died in torture without a murmur, believing that the death they underwent was but a quick transition to that life of delights of which the holy herb, now before you had given them a slight foretaste.
Next, by a natural transition, the conversation passed to the coming fete- day; whereupon, the old man proceeded to hold forth extensively on the subject of gifts.
But Elizabeth was not formed for ill-humour; and though every prospect of her own was destroyed for the evening, it could not dwell long on her spirits; and having told all her griefs to Charlotte Lucas, whom she had not seen for a week, she was soon able to make a voluntary transition to the oddities of her cousin, and to point him out to her particular notice.
On such an evening Antonio could do nothing but converse of my absent friend; he dwelt on the indescribable grace of your person, the lustre of your eye, and the vermilion of your lips, until exhausted language could furnish no more epithets of rapture: then the transition to your mind was natural and easy; and it was while listening to his honied accents that I thought my Julia herself was talking.
She spoke slowly, though quite fluently, often pausing after a question, or before any transition of ideas.
By a transition so quiet as to be scarcely perceptible, the directress's manner changed; the anxious business-air passed from her face, and she began chatting about the weather and the town, and asking in neighbourly wise after M.