transitive verb \tran(t)s-ˈprt, ˈtran(t)s-ˌ\

: to carry (someone or something) from one place to another

: to cause (someone) to imagine that he or she is in a different place or time

: to cause (someone) to feel very happy, interested, or excited

Full Definition of TRANSPORT

:  to transfer or convey from one place to another <transporting ions across a living membrane>
:  to carry away with strong and often intensely pleasant emotion
:  to send to a penal colony overseas
trans·port·abil·i·ty \(ˌ)tran(t)s-ˌpr-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
trans·port·able \tran(t)s-ˈpr-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of TRANSPORT

  1. A van at the hotel transports guests to and from the airport.
  2. the cost of producing and transporting goods
  3. The melons are transported in large wooden crates.
  4. The illness was first transported across the ocean by European explorers.
  5. The movie transports us to a world of stunning beauty.
  6. While reading, I was transported back to the year 1492.
  7. He was transported for stealing.


Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French transporter, from Latin transportare, from trans- + portare to carry — more at fare
First Known Use: 14th century


noun \ˈtran(t)s-ˌprt\

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

: a ship that is made for carrying soldiers or military equipment

: an airplane that is used to carry people or goods

Full Definition of TRANSPORT

:  an act or process of transporting :  transportation
:  strong or intensely pleasurable emotion <transports of joy>
a :  a ship for carrying soldiers or military equipment
b :  a vehicle (as a truck or airplane) used to transport persons or goods
c :  transportation 3
:  a transported convict

Examples of TRANSPORT

  1. the transport of manufactured goods
  2. I was left without transport when the car broke down.
  3. She relies on public transport.

First Known Use of TRANSPORT



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In biochemistry, the movement of molecules and particles across a cell membrane, a selective barrier that allows some substances (fat-soluble molecules and some small molecules) to pass and blocks others (ions and large, water-soluble molecules). Transport of these vital substances occurs via several systems. Open channels allow diffusion (passive transport) of ions directly into cells; facilitators use a chemical change to help substances diffuse past the membrane; “pumps” force dilute substances through even when their concentration on the other side is higher (a form of active transport). Primary active transport is powered directly by energy released in cell metabolism (see ATP, adenosine triphosphate). In secondary active transport, a molecule is linked to a different molecule that carries it across the membrane (cotransport) or is exchanged for a different molecule crossing in the other direction (countertransport). The membrane itself opens and closes to let larger particles in or out.


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