change of state


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change of state

The physical process where matter moves from one state to another. Examples of such changes are melting, evaporation, boiling, condensation, freezing, crystallization, and sublimation.
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Noun1.change of state - the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
change - the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"
aeration - the act of charging a liquid with a gas making it effervescent
passage, transition - the act of passing from one state or place to the next
meddling, tampering - the act of altering something secretly or improperly
transfer, transference - the act of transfering something from one form to another; "the transfer of the music from record to tape suppressed much of the background noise"
ending, termination, conclusion - the act of ending something; "the termination of the agreement"
nullification, override - the act of nullifying; making null and void; counteracting or overriding the effect or force of something
reversal - a change from one state to the opposite state; "there was a reversal of autonomic function"
commencement, start, beginning - the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
arousal, rousing - the act of arousing; "the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions"
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
seasoning - the act of adding a seasoning to food
infusion - the act of infusing or introducing a certain modifying element or quality; "the team's continued success is attributable to a steady infusion of new talent"
improvement - the act of improving something; "their improvements increased the value of the property"
beautification - the act of making something more beautiful
decoration - the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)
worsening - changing something with the result that it becomes worse
degradation, debasement - changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
change of color - an act that changes the light that something reflects
dirtying, soiling, soilure - the act of soiling something
wetting - the act of making something wet
chewing, mastication, chew, manduction - biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
defoliation - causing the leaves of trees and other plants to fall off (as by the use of chemicals)
specialization, specialisation - the act of specializing; making something suitable for a special purpose
spiritualisation, spiritualization - the act of making something spiritual; infusing it with spiritual content
References in classic literature ?
Accustomed to reverence her uncle, Mademoiselle Cormon dared not initiate him into the desires which filled her soul for a change of state.
Light is useful in detection schemes and in signaling a change of state.
Bringing up the issue of change of state symbols and the national anthem for discussions is disgraceful and irresponsible.