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1transit

noun tran·sit \ˈtran(t)-sət, ˈtran-zət\

: the act of moving people or things from one place to another

Full Definition of TRANSIT

1
a :  an act, process, or instance of passing through or over
b :  change, transition
c (1) :  conveyance of persons or things from one place to another
(2) :  usu. local transportation especially of people by public conveyance; also :  vehicles or a system engaged in such transportation
2
a :  passage of a celestial body over the meridian of a place or through the field of a telescope
b :  passage of a smaller body (as Venus) across the disk of a larger (as the sun)
3
:  a theodolite with the telescope mounted so that it can be transited
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Examples of TRANSIT

  1. the problems of urban transit

Origin of TRANSIT

Middle English transite, from Latin transitus, from transire to go across, pass
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Transportation Terms

camber, corduroy, demurrage, milestone

2transit

verb

Definition of TRANSIT

intransitive verb
:  to make a transit
transitive verb
1
a :  to pass over or through
b :  to cause to pass over or through
2
:  to pass across (a meridian, a celestial body, or the field of view of a telescope)
3
:  to turn (a telescope) over about the horizontal transverse axis in surveying

Examples of TRANSIT

  1. <once you transit that stretch of dense woods, the hiking should be much easier>

First Known Use of TRANSIT

15th century
TRANSIT Defined for Kids

transit

noun tran·sit \ˈtran-sət, -zət\

Definition of TRANSIT for Kids

1
:  the act of passing through or across <the transit of a satellite's signals>
2
:  the act or method of carrying things from one place to another <The goods were lost in transit.>
3
:  local transportation of people in public vehicles
4
:  a surveyor's instrument for measuring angles
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