emitted; emitting

transitive verb

1
a
: to throw or give off or out
emit light/heat
b
: to send out : eject
2
a
: to issue with authority
especially : to put (something, such as money) into circulation
b
obsolete : publish
3
: to give utterance or voice to
emitted a groan
emitter noun

Examples of emit in a Sentence

The telescope can detect light emitted by distant galaxies. chimneys emitting thick, black smoke The brakes emitted a loud squeal.
Recent Examples on the Web As an example, Einstein proposed that the gravitational influence of a large object like the sun could deflect light emitted by another object, such as a star virtually behind it, causing the object to appear a bit farther away from the perspective of Earth. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 3 Apr. 2024 Ironically, as better technology and environmental regulations have reduced the pollution emitted by ships, that inadvertent cloud brightening is fading, as well as the cooling that goes along with it. Christopher Flavelle Ian C. Bates, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 Each year, the California Air Resources Board sets a declining cap on the amount of greenhouse gas that can be emitted by power plants, fuel suppliers, and large industrial facilities. Caroline Petrow-Cohen, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2024 As the world’s largest polluter, emitting about a third of all global greenhouse gases, transitioning to a low-carbon economy in a fair way should be encouraged. Diane Brady, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2024 This could include influencing AI developers and project leads to encourage the use of eco-friendlier AI design, such as choosing models and training methods that emit less CO2. Nicola Sfondrini, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 These regions emit an extraordinary range of brightness, spanning from radio waves to X-rays. Isaac Schultz / Gizmodo, Quartz, 27 Mar. 2024 This set emits an electric shock when pressed on paper and functions as a writing instrument. Nora Colomer, Fox News, 27 Mar. 2024 The lighting emits 36 watts and features 600 LED lights, making for a bright option. Pamela Porter, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Latin emittere to send out, from e- + mittere to send

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of emit was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Emit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emit. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

emit

verb
emitted; emitting
1
a
: to throw or give off or out
emit light
b
: to send out : eject
2
: utter entry 2 sense 1
emit a groan
Etymology

from Latin emittere "to send out," from e-, ex- "out, forth" and mittere "to send, throw" — related to dismiss, message, missile, transmit

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