• WordNet 3.6
    • adj transitional of or relating to or characterized by transition "adolescence is a transitional stage between childhood and adulthood"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Arnold Schwarzenegger began his transition from Austrian bodybuilder into an American film star when he made his screen debut in 1970 under the name "Arnold Strong" in "Hercules Goes Bananas."
    • a Transitional Of or pertaining to transition; involving or denoting transition; as, transitional changes; transitional stage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n transitional In grammar, the case expressing direction toward. Also called terminalis.
    • transitional Of or pertaining to transition; containing, involving, or denoting transition; changing; passing: as, the transitional stages of a tadpole; the transitional plumage of a molting bird. [The word may have a strong sense, like metamorphic or transmutational (see def. 2), but is usually much weaker, and more nearly synonymous with transitory or transient.]
    • transitional In biology, of intermediate or intergraded character between two or more species, genera, etc., and thus, as it were, exhibiting or illustrating a transition from one to another form of organic life; transmutational: as, a transitional specimen; also, pertaining to or effecting such transmutation: as, a transitional theory; a transitional process.
    • transitional Specifically, in art, relating to, characterizing, or belonging to an epoch or stage of change from one style or state of development to the next succeeding, and especially to that between archaism and full development in Greek art, and to that between the Romanesque and the Pointed in medieval art.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Transitional containing or denoting transition: of intermediate character between species or genera, transmutational: characteristic of one epoch or style in its transition to another
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  • George Steiner
    “The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “In every age of well-marked transition, there is the pattern of habitual dumb practice and emotion which is passing and there is oncoming a new complex of habit.”
  • John Ousterhout
    John Ousterhout
    “The best performance improvement is the transition from the nonworking state to the working state.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit.”


In literature:

The donkey suffers in transit.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
Both are rites of transition, of passing from one state to another.
"Ancient Art and Ritual" by Jane Ellen Harrison
Nor is there any difficulty in finding the immigrants a means of transit from northern Asia.
"Anthropology" by Robert Marett
This was the only means of transit and our progress was slow and dreary.
"Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland" by Joseph Tatlow
These places of division should be filled by transitions.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
Improvements constituting the transition to the Third Period.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
It will be a natural and unnoticed transition from the family life in the home to the family life in the church.
"Religious Education in the Family" by Henry F. Cope
According to this definition, a fallacy would be a hasty, unwarranted transition to new cases not identical with the old.
"Illusions" by James Sully
The transition was gradual.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
My transition from the street to this chamber would not be more rapid than my passage hence to a jail.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown

In poetry:

There was no tragic transit,
No catch of breath,
When silent seasons inched me
On to this death….
"The Dead Man Walking" by Thomas Hardy
Archbishop Odo
Was just in the middle of ‘Dodo’,
When he was reminded that it was Sunday.
Sic transit gloria mundi
"Clerihew – Odo" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
"What satisfaction, fruit? What transit, heaven?
Criminal? justified? arrived at what June?"
That nervous conscience amid the concessions
Is haunting, haunted moon.
"Far Rockaway" by Delmore Schwartz
Another wise Solomon cries, as he passes —
"There, let him alone, and the fit will soon cease;
The beast has been fighting with other jack-asses,
And this is his mode of "transition to peace"."
"The Donkey and His Panniers" by Thomas Moore
Oh, give us a transit, a tube or an "el--",
Not leagues from the surface below;
As if we were never in Heaven to dwell,
As if we were all being fired to--well,
The place where we don't want to go!
"The Subway" by Hattie Howard
How the queen bore his upbraiding;
How his death in hunting came,
Tell the verses here translated:
Lights are they, in transit fading,
Scattered sparks, oblivion fated,
Memories from a mighty flame!
"Preface To Diarmid's Story" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

Paul Symmonds, the local coordinator for the US Department of Veterans Affairs' Seamless Transition program, is the first to reach out to Monterey County's returning vets.
The announcement from Scott's Fort Lauderdale transition office came Tuesday, just two weeks before he takes office in Tallahassee.
Sic transit gloria meat market.
Train traffic will resume after 1 pm Wednesday if the tracks remain clear, transit officials said.
Since those days my agency has transitioned to the Mossberg and the shotguns are now carried ...
New Orleans — Regional Transit Authority (RTA), 504- 248-3900.
Jefferson Parish (East Bank and West Bank) — Jefferson Transit (JeT ), 504- 818-1077.
Chalmette — St Bernard Urban Rapid Transit (SBURT), 504- 277-1907.
TeliSonera International Carrier Supplies Caucasus Online with IP Transit Connectivity.
Valerie Jarrett, who raised more than $100,000 for Barack Obama's campaign, is a co-chair of the transition team.
Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida helps parents transition from hospitals to homes.
Metro Transit Offers Stadium Circulator for 2nd Year.
Credit Courtesy of Metro Transit.
Barbara Starr reports the US and NATO will end their combat mission next year and transition to a training role.
Caltrans today announced it has awarded $63.3 million to fund 111 public transit and air quality projects across California to upgrade transit service and purchase eco-friendly buses.

In science:

We do not have a coincident chiral and confinement-deconfinement crossover transitions in the PQMVT model as the chiral crossover transition line lies above the crossover line for the confinement-deconfinement transition.
Revisiting the Phase Structure of the Polyakov-quark-meson Model in the presence of Vacuum Fermion Fluctuation
TABLE I: Values of the transitions temperatures, orders of the transitions, and signs of the uniaxial pressure dependences along a, b, and c of the transition temperatures.
Complex magneto-elastic properties in the frustrated kagome-staircase compounds (Co$_{1-x}$Ni$_x$)$_3$V$_2$O$_8$
The model exhibits a variety of multicritical phenomena such as a phase diagram with ordered ferromagnetic and disordered paramagnetic phases separated by a transition line that changes from a continuous phase transition to a first-order transition at a tricritical point.
Critical behavior and phase diagrams of a spin-1 Blume-Capel model with random crystal field interactions: An effective field theory analysis
Our results show that all models with ‘attraction’ (β2 > 0), and also p-star models with ‘repulsion’ (β2 < 0) exhibit a transition qualitatively like the gas/liquid transition: a first order transition corresponding to a discontinuity in density, with a second order criticial point.
Phase transitions in exponential random graphs
The nematic transition may instantly bring the system to the verge of a magnetic transition, or it may occur first, being followed by a magnetic transition at a lower temperature.
Preemptive nematic order, pseudogap, and orbital order in the iron pnictides