transit


1tran·sit

noun \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

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

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