transition-n; 6 Senses

Sense Number 1: the process of movement or passage through space or time

Commentary: TRANSITION[+event][+process][+movement][+spatial/+temporal] the act of passing from one place or time to another
NOTE: refers to an intact entity moving through space or time, it's inherent properties are not transformed.

Our transition across the river took three hours.
We are in transition between our two houses and everything is packed in boxes at the moment.
This is only a transition government until they hold elections early next year.
The sun's transition behind a cloud made the setting seem less cheerful.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: an entity's inherent change of properties, a transformation

Commentary: TRANSITION[+event][+change][+transformation][+entity]
NOTE: refers to inherent properties of the thing which undergoes a state change, the thing itself changes

The transition of a caterpillar into a butterfly is amazing to consider.
Their nation's transition from a dictatorship to a democracy was long and painful.
The town's transition into a bustling metropolis happened in less than ten years.
Sally made the transition to glamor girl by slipping on high heels and a slinky black dress.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3

Sense Number 3: Placeholder: Do Not Choose


WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 4: narrative passages that link one topic to another

Commentary: TRANSITION[+form][+narrative][+passage][+connection][+topics] Refers to written or visual forms (e.g., films)

You need an introductory paragraph to improve the transition to your second point in the paper.
The plot transitions in the film are abrupt and hard to follow.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 5: musical passage that changes key

Commentary: TRANSITION[+form][+musical][+passage][+key_change] modulation - a musical passage moving from one key to another

The song has a transition to the key of G, then back again to the key of C.
Mary hates it when pop singers use a key transition in the last verse of a song.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 6: change in quantum energy level

Commentary: TRANSITION[+event][+change][+level][+energy][+quantum]
NOTE: a specialized use in physics, referring to energy states of electrons and nuclei of atoms

Emitting a photon resulted in the electron's transition to a lower energy state.
Quantum theory states the possible transitions between energy states of electrons are finite, not continuous.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3