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tran·si·tion

 (trăn-zĭsh′ən, -sĭsh′-)
n.
1. Change from one form, state, style, or place to another.
2.
a. Change from one subject to another in discourse.
b. A word, phrase, sentence, or series of sentences connecting one part of a discourse to another.
3. Music
a. Change from one key or tonality to another.
b. A passage connecting two themes or sections, usually changing to a new key or tonality.
4. Genetics A point mutation in which a pyrimidine is replaced by another pyrimidine, or a purine is replaced by another purine.
5. Sports The process of changing from defense to offense or offense to defense without a stoppage in play, as in basketball or hockey.
6. A period during childbirth that precedes the expulsive phase of labor, characterized by strong uterine contractions and nearly complete cervical dilation.
intr.v. tran·si·tioned, tran·si·tion·ing, tran·si·tions
1. To make a transition.
2. Sports To change from defense to offense or offense to defense without a stoppage in play.

tran·si′tion·al, tran·si′tion·ar′y (-zĭsh′ə-nĕr′ē) adj.
tran·si′tion·al·ly adv.
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Adj.1.transitional - of or relating to or characterized by transitiontransitional - of or relating to or characterized by transition; "adolescence is a transitional stage between childhood and adulthood"
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transitional

adjective
1. changing, passing, fluid, intermediate, unsettled, developmental, transitionary a transitional period following a decade of civil war
2. temporary, working, acting, short-term, interim, fill-in, caretaker, provisional, makeshift, make-do, stopgap, pro tem a meeting to set up a transitional government
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Translations
إنْتِقالي
přechodný
átmeneti
breytinga-, umskipta-
geçişe ait

transitional

[trænˈzɪʃənəl] ADJtransicional, de transición
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transitional

[trænˈzɪʃənəl] adj [period, stage] → transitoire; [government, solution] → transitoire
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transitional

adjÜbergangs-; (= provisional) arrangements, costsvorläufig; transitional governmentÜbergangsregierung f; transitional periodÜbergangszeit f; transitional reliefvorübergehende Entlastung
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transitional

[trænˈzɪʃənl] adj (period, government) → di transizione; (measures) → transitorio/a
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transition

(trӕnˈziʃən) noun
(a) change from one place, state, subject etc to another. The transition from child to adult can be difficult.
tranˈsitional adjective
of or concerning transition. a transitional stage/period.
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tran·si·tion·al

a. transitorio-a, rel. a transición o cambio.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

transitional

adj transicional
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References in classic literature ?
These difficulties and objections may be classed under the following heads:- Firstly, why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms?
Difficulties on the theory of descent with modification -- Transitions -- Absence or rarity of transitional varieties -- Transitions in habits of life -- Diversified habits in the same species -- Species with habits widely different from those of their allies -- Organs of extreme perfection -- Means of transition -- Cases of difficulty -- Natura non facit saltum -- Organs of small importance -- Organs not in all cases absolutely perfect -- The law of Unity of Type and of the Conditions of Existence embraced by the theory of Natural Selection.
-- It has been asked by the opponents of such views as I hold, how, for instance, a land carnivorous animal could have been converted into one with aquatic habits; for how could the animal in its transitional state have subsisted?
Here, as on other occasions, I lie under a heavy disadvantage, for out of the many striking cases which I have collected, I can give only one or two instances of transitional habits and structures in closely allied species of the same genus; and of diversified habits, either constant or occasional, in the same species.
But it may be urged that when several closely-allied species inhabit the same territory we surely ought to find at the present time many transitional forms.
But, as by this theory innumerable transitional forms must have existed, why do we not find them embedded in countless numbers in the crust of the earth?
On the absence or rarity of transitional varieties.
Her brother raised his finger: it was the transitional passage on the drum.
Margaret started talking to her new young man; Helen said to her aunt: "Now comes the wonderful movement: first of all the goblins, and then a trio of elephants dancing;" and Tibby implored the company generally to look out for the transitional passage on the drum.
By-and-by Celia would come in her quality of bridesmaid as well as sister, and through the next weeks there would be wedding visits received and given; all in continuance of that transitional life understood to correspond with the excitement of bridal felicity, and keeping up the sense of busy ineffectiveness, as of a dream which the dreamer begins to suspect.
The preceding half century had really been transitional, and during its course, as we have seen, the Elizabethan adventurous energy and half-naif greatness of spirit had more and more disappeared.
From the first moment of life, the result of passionate love and desire, there is nought but the bodily form transitional as the lightning flash." Yet apart from all transitory passions and the ephemeral results of mortal love, the song of the Taoist lover soars unstained, untrammelled.

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