change of state

Definitions of change of state
  1. noun
    the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
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    Creation
    (theology) God's act of bringing the universe into existence
    final solution
    the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime from 1941 until 1945
    Alamo
    a siege and massacre at a mission in San Antonio in 1836; Mexican forces under Santa Anna besieged and massacred American rebels who were fighting to make Texas independent of Mexico
    Battle of the Little Bighorn
    a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull; Custer underestimated the size of the Sioux forces (which were supported by Cheyenne warriors) and was killed along with all his command
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    aeration
    the act of charging a liquid with a gas making it effervescent
    passage, transition
    the act of passing from one state or place to the next
    meddling, tampering
    the act of altering something secretly or improperly
    transfer, transference
    the act of transfering something from one form to another
    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
    nullification, override
    the act of nullifying; making null and void; counteracting or overriding the effect or force of something
    reversal
    a change from one state to the opposite state
    beginning, commencement, start
    the act of starting something
    arousal, rousing
    the act of arousing
    cookery, cooking, preparation
    the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat
    seasoning
    the act of adding a seasoning to food
    infusion
    the act of infusing or introducing a certain modifying element or quality
    improvement
    the act of improving something
    beautification
    the act of making something more beautiful
    decoration
    the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)
    worsening
    changing something with the result that it becomes worse
    debasement, degradation
    changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
    change of color
    an act that changes the light that something reflects
    dirtying, soiling, soilure
    the act of soiling something
    wetting
    the act of making something wet
    chew, chewing, manduction, mastication
    biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
    defoliation
    causing the leaves of trees and other plants to fall off (as by the use of chemicals)
    specialisation, specialization
    the act of specializing; making something suitable for a special purpose
    spiritualisation, spiritualization
    the act of making something spiritual; infusing it with spiritual content
    abort
    the act of terminating a project or procedure before it is completed
    demonetisation, demonetization
    ending something (e.g. gold or silver) as no longer the legal tender of a country
    fossilisation, fossilization
    becoming inflexible or out of date
    segue
    the act of changing smoothly from one state or situation to another
    release, tone ending
    (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone
    closing, completion, culmination, mop up, windup
    a concluding action
    retirement
    withdrawal from your position or occupation
    relinquishing, relinquishment
    the act of giving up and abandoning a struggle or task etc.
    breakup, dissolution
    the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)
    overthrow
    the termination of a ruler or institution (especially by force)
    adjournment, dissolution
    the termination of a meeting
    discharge, dismissal, dismission, firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking
    the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
    destruction, devastation
    the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
    kill, killing, putting to death
    the act of terminating a life
    abolishment, abolition
    the act of abolishing a system or practice or institution (especially abolishing slavery)
    liquidation, settlement
    termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities
    drug withdrawal, withdrawal
    the termination of drug taking
    closedown, closing, closure, shutdown
    termination of operations
    extinction, extinguishing, quenching
    the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning
    disappearance, fade
    gradually ceasing to be visible
    abortion
    termination of pregnancy
    cancellation
    the act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
    vitiation
    nullification by the destruction of the legal force; rendering null
    counteraction, neutralisation, neutralization
    action intended to nullify the effects of some previous action
    deactivation, defusing
    the act of deactivating or making ineffective (as a bomb)
    neutralisation, neutralization
    action intended to keep a country politically neutral or exclude it from a possible war
    regress, regression, retrogression, retroversion, reversion
    returning to a former state
    jumping-off point, point of departure, springboard
    a beginning from which an enterprise is launched
    activation
    making active and effective (as a bomb)
    attack, tone-beginning
    a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
    constitution, establishment, formation, organisation, organization
    the act of forming or establishing something
    debut, entry, first appearance, introduction, launching, unveiling
    the act of beginning something new
    face-off
    (ice hockey) the method of starting play; a referee drops the puck between two opposing players
    first step, initiative, opening, opening move
    the first of a series of actions
    groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony
    the ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin a construction project
    housing start
    the act of starting to construct a house
    icebreaker
    a beginning that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere
    inauguration, startup
    the act of starting a new operation or practice
    creation, foundation, founding, initiation, innovation, instauration, institution, introduction, origination
    the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
    installation, installing, installment, instalment
    the act of installing something (as equipment)
    jump ball
    (basketball) the way play begins or resumes when possession is disputed; an official tosses the ball up between two players who jump in an effort to tap it to a teammate
    kickoff
    (football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
    recommencement, resumption
    beginning again
    scrum, scrummage
    (rugby) the method of beginning play in which the forwards of each team crouch side by side with locked arms; play starts when the ball is thrown in between them and the two sides compete for possession
    startup
    the act of setting in operation
    baking
    cooking by dry heat in an oven
    browning, toasting
    cooking to a brown crispiness over a fire or on a grill
    broil, broiling, grilling
    cooking by direct exposure to radiant heat (as over a fire or under a grill)
    frying, sauteing
    cooking in fat or oil in a pan or griddle
    fusion cooking
    cooking that combines ingredients and techniques and seasonings from different cuisines
    braising
    cooking slowly in fat in a closed pot with little moisture
    poaching
    cooking in simmering liquid
    roasting
    cooking (meat) by dry heat in an oven (usually with fat added)
    boiling, simmering, stewing
    cooking in a liquid that has been brought to a boil
    tenderisation, tenderization
    the act of making meat tender by pounding or marinating it
    percolation
    the act of making coffee in a percolator
    salting
    the act of adding salt to food
    sweetening
    the act of adding a sweetener to food
    development
    act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining
    cleaning, cleansing, cleanup
    the act of making something clean
    correction, rectification
    the act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake; setting right
    optimisation, optimization
    the act of rendering optimal
    perfection
    the act of making something perfect
    reform
    a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses
    amelioration, betterment, melioration
    the act of relieving ills and changing for the better
    self-improvement, self-reformation
    the act of improving yourself
    beauty treatment
    enhancement of someone's personal beauty
    glamorisation, glamorization, glamourisation, glamourization
    the act of glamorizing; making something or someone more beautiful (often in a superficial way)
    adornment
    the action of decorating yourself with something colorful and interesting
    embellishment, ornamentation
    the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
    window dressing
    the decoration of shop windows
    trimming
    the act of adding decoration
    tessellation
    the act of adorning with mosaic
    figuration
    decorating with a design
    tattoo
    the practice of making a design on the skin by pricking and staining
    titivation, tittivation
    sprucing up; making decorative additions to
    marking
    the act of making a visible mark on a surface
    clarification, clearing
    the act of removing solid particles from a liquid
    enrichment
    act of making fuller or more meaningful or rewarding
    humanisation, humanization
    the act of making more human
    modernisation, modernization
    making modern in appearance or behavior
    overhaul, redevelopment, renovation
    the act of improving by renewing and restoring
    enhancement, sweetening
    an improvement that makes something more agreeable
    upturn
    an upward movement or trend as in business activity
    downswing, downturn
    a worsening of business or economic activity
    airing, ventilation
    the act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air
    fix, fixing, fixture, mend, mending, repair, reparation
    the act of putting something in working order again
    dehumanisation, dehumanization
    the act of degrading people with respect to their best qualities
    animalisation, animalization, brutalisation, brutalization
    an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualities
    barbarisation, barbarization
    an act that makes people primitive and uncivilized
    bastardisation, bastardization
    an act that debases or corrupts
    corruption, subversion
    destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity
    demoralisation, demoralization
    destroying the moral basis for a doctrine or policy
    constipation, deadening, impairment, stultification
    the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
    popularisation, popularization, vulgarisation, vulgarization
    the act of making something attractive to the general public
    profanation
    degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening
    abasement, humiliation
    depriving one of self-esteem
    lightening, whitening
    changing to a lighter color
    blackening, darkening
    changing to a darker color
    discoloration, discolouration
    the act of changing the natural color of something by making it duller or dingier or unnatural or faded
    coloring, colouring
    the act or process of changing the color of something
    maculation, spotting, staining
    the act of spotting or staining something
    contamination, pollution
    the act of contaminating or polluting; including (either intentionally or accidentally) unwanted substances or factors
    dousing, ducking, immersion, submersion
    the act of wetting something by submerging it
    drenching, soaking, souse, sousing
    the act of making something completely wet
    dampening, moistening
    the act of making something slightly wet
    splash, splashing
    the act of scattering water about haphazardly
    watering
    wetting with water
    chomping
    the act of chewing noisily
    gumming, mumbling
    ineffectual chewing (as if without teeth)
    rumination
    (of ruminants) chewing (the cud)
    discontinuance, discontinuation
    the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption (temporary or permanent)
    awakening, wakening, waking up
    the act of waking
    excitation, excitement
    something that agitates and arouses
    incitation, incitement
    an act of urging on or spurring on or rousing to action or instigating
    inflaming, inflammation
    arousal to violent emotion
    inspiration, stirring
    arousing to a particular emotion or action
    stimulation
    the act of arousing an organism to action
    titillation
    an agreeable arousal
    stabilisation, stabilization
    the act of making something (as a vessel or aircraft) less likely to overturn
    upgrade
    the act of improving something (especially machinery) by raising it to a higher grade (as by adding or replacing components)
    vulgarisation, vulgarization
    the act of rendering something coarse and unrefined
    cuisine, culinary art
    the practice or manner of preparing food or the food so prepared
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    change
    the action of changing something
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