Transition rocks(Geol.), 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.

(Tran*si"tion*al) a. Of or pertaining to transition; involving or denoting transition; as, transitional changes; transitional stage.

(Tran*si"tion*a*ry) a. Transitional.

(Tran"si*tive) a. [L. transitivus: cf. F. transitif. See Transient.]

1. Having the power of making a transit, or passage. [R.] Bacon.

2. Effected by transference of signification.

By far the greater part of the transitive or derivative applications of words depend on casual and unaccountable caprices of the feelings or the fancy.

3. (Gram.) Passing over to an object; expressing an action which is not limited to the agent or subject, but which requires an object to complete the sense; as, a transitive verb, for example, he holds the book.

Tran"si*tive*ly, adv.Tran"si*tive*ness, n.

(Tran"si*to*ri*ly) adv. In a transitory manner; with brief continuance.

(Tran"si*to*ri*ness), n. The quality or state of being transitory; speedy passage or departure.

(Tran"si*to*ry) a. [L. transitorius: cf. F. transitoire. See Transient.] Continuing only for a short time; not enduring; fleeting; evanescent.

Comfort and succor all those who, in this transitory life, are in trouble.
Bk. of Com. Prayer.

It was not the transitory light of a comet, which shines and glows for a wile, and then . . . vanishes into nothing.

Transitory action(Law), an action which may be brought in any county, as actions for debt, and the like; — opposed to local action. Blackstone. Bouvier.

Syn. — transient; short-lived; brief. See Transient.

(Trans*lat"a*ble) a. Capable of being translated, or rendered into another language.

(Trans*late") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Translated; p. pr. & vb. n. Translating.] [f. translatus, used as p. p. of transferre to transfer, but from a different root. See Trans- , and Tolerate, and cf. Translation.]

1. To bear, carry, or remove, from one place to another; to transfer; as, to translate a tree. [Archaic] Dryden.

In the chapel of St. Catharine of Sienna, they show her head- the rest of her body being translated to Rome.

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

  By PanEris using Melati.

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