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  • In telecommunication, a transition is the change from one signal state to another signal state.
  • In music a transition is a change from one unit, section, parameter, or element or set of parameters or elements, to another. Transitions may be smooth and connected, or disjointed and contrasting.
  • In television and film a transition is a change from one scene to another.
  • In writing, a transition is a word or phrase that connects one concrete detail to another in a paragraph and helps each piece of writing to flow smoothly.
  • In physics, a transition is a change from one physical state to another. Transitions usually cannot occur in any situation, but are governed by some physical laws or rules (see selection rule, for instance).
  • In chemistry, a transition state describes how the atoms/molecules are organised while changing from a reactant to a product, at the highest energy (least stable) point along the reaction coordinate.
  • In journalism transitions are words, phrases, or whole paragraphs that hold a story together from subject to subject.
  • In Global History 'Transition' is a key concept in discussions about how 'modernity' or modern-day 'world capitalism' came into being. These discussions are often referred to as the debates on the 'transition from feudalism to capitalism' and evoked a broad spectrum of theoretical and methodological approaches as well as a multitude of answers to the main question: 'which of the social forces, economic factors or cultural phenomena should be given the highest priority in explaining the genesis of today's society?' One of the main threads of these discussions is represented by interpretations using a Marxist point of view. See Karl Marx, Maurice Dobb, Paul Sweezy, Robert Brenner, Immanuel Wallerstein, Karl Polanyi, Arnold Toynbee and others.

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Transition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (471 words)
In music a transition is a change from one unit, section, parameter, or element or set of parameters or elements, to another.
Transitioning is the process of moving from one gender role to another.
In grappling, a transition is a move from one grappling hold to another.
Phase transition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2176 words)
The distinguishing characteristic of a phase transition is an abrupt sudden change in one or more physical properties, in particular the heat capacity, with a small change in a thermodynamic variable such as the temperature.
The various solid/liquid/gas transitions are classified as first-order transitions because they involve a discontinuous change in density (which is the first derivative of the free energy with respect to chemical potential.) Second-order phase transitions have a discontinuity in a second derivative of the free energy.
Universality is a prediction of the renormalization group theory of phase transitions, which states that the thermodynamic properties of a system near a phase transition depend only on a small number of features, such as dimensionality and symmetry, and is insensitive to the underlying microscopic properties of the system.
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