emit

verb
\ ē-ˈmit How to pronounce emit (audio) \
emitted; emitting

Definition of emit

transitive verb

1a : to throw or give off or out emit light/heat
b : to send out : eject
2a : 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

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Other Words from emit

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Instead of a carbon tax, California uses a cap-and-trade system, which sets annual limits on how much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases industries can emit. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "President Pete Buttigieg: Here’s what it would mean for California," 9 Feb. 2020 But their energy content is weak and uneven and the burning fiberglass emits pollutants. Chris Martin, Fortune, "The latest landfill problem comes from the renewable energy industry," 5 Feb. 2020 That’s because any other stray matter being sucked into the black hole would emit a blast of radiation during its death spiral powerful enough to kill any life on a nearby planet. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Could a habitable planet orbit a black hole?," 4 Feb. 2020 Big booms typically emit a lot of far-reaching ruckus called infrasound, which is too low-frequency for human ears to pick up. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "Ranked: the loudest sounds ever measured," 3 Feb. 2020 Together the 22 power plants would emit almost as much carbon dioxide annually as all the passenger cars sold each year in the United States. Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, "Japan Races to Build New Coal-Burning Power Plants, Despite the Climate Risks," 3 Feb. 2020 Oil and gas companies emit greenhouse gases through direct operations such as burning fuel at refineries and also from indirect activities like buying electricity from others to run their facilities. Daniela Sirtori-cortina, CNN, "These oil companies are leading the industry's green transformation," 29 Jan. 2020 Data shows that in 2018, JetBlue emitted 8.4 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent, CBS News reports, and in 2019, commercial flights were responsible for 2.4 percent of global carbon emissions. TheWeek, "JetBlue aims to become carbon neutral by July," 7 Jan. 2020 But when cut, tobacco plants emitted an average of 15 sounds within an hour of being cut, while tomato plants produced 25 sounds. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Plants May Let Out Ultrasonic Squeals When Stressed," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of emit

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for emit

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

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13 Feb 2020

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“Emit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emit?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=emit0001. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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emit

verb
How to pronounce emit (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of emit

: to send (light, energy, etc.) out from a source
: to make (a certain sound)

emit

verb
\ ē-ˈmit How to pronounce emit (audio) \
emitted; emitting

Kids Definition of emit

: to send out from a source emit light

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