Summary: The orientation of the boundaries of out-of-step domains in ‘transitional’ anorthite has been deduced from the direction of elongation of the diffuse X-ray reflections h + h + l = 2n + 1 in selected precession photographs. The reflections are elongated normal to (23¯1¯) which is in the zone [111¯ ] and contains the body-centring vector (a+b−c)/2. The structure is presumed to be perfect parallel to (223¯1¯). Atoms in essentially identical, primitive anorthite-like domains are related across the out-of-step domain boundaries by body-centring vectors. Increasing diffuseness of the h + k + l = 2n + 1 reflections indicates progressively smaller domains (more frequent domain boundaries), and when thesereflections disappear, the structure has become body-centred on the average.