Commonly used to refer to the change from secondary school to postsecondary programmes, work, and independent living typical of young adults. Also used to describe other periods of major change such as from early childhood to school or from more specialized to mainstreamed settings.

(14 Jan 2009)

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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. A direct or indirect passing from one key to another; a modulation.

3. A passing from one subject to another. "[He] with transition sweet, new speech resumes." (Milton)

4. <biology> Change from one form to another.

This word is sometimes pronounced; but according to Walker, Smart, and most other authorities, the customary and preferable pronunciation is, although this latter mode violates analogy. Other authorities say .

<geology> Transition rocks, 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.

Origin: L. Transitio: cf. F. Transition. See Transient.

(01 Mar 1998)