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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The premise of many 2 degree scenarios is that global economies will continue growing but, thanks to the magic of decoupling, carbon intensity — the ratio of carbon emitted per unit of economic output — will rapidly fall and thus so will emissions. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 The biggest emissions story in 2018, though, appears to be China, the world’s single largest emitting country, which grew its output of planet-warming gases by nearly half a billion tons, researchers estimate. Chris Mooney, The Seattle Times, "‘We are in trouble.’ Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018.," 5 Dec. 2018 By the time dinner was served, with the Los Angeles skyline emitting its movie star glow in the distance, the guests had scattered to take in the last of the experience. Danielle Nussbaum, Town & Country, "Inside Louis Vuitton's Most Exclusive Shopping Experience," 30 Nov. 2018 Tourmaline crystal is believed to absorb negative energy and emit positive energy. Nicole Dellert, Allure, "I Tried a Sound Bath — Here's What This Meditative Practice Is Really Like," 24 Oct. 2018 Both of the Class 8 trucks use technology from the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car and emit only water vapor as emissions. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Toyota unveils second-generation hydrogen-powered semi truck," 31 July 2018 The Nature Conservancy offers a free online calculator to show you how much carbon dioxide your everyday activities emit. Emily Hernandez, Teen Vogue, "What Is Climate Change? Everything You Need To Know About Global Warming," 17 July 2018 In 1974, Hawking theorized that black holes emit some kind of radiation, called Hawking radiation, and now, nearly fifty years later, a group of researchers have managed to provide experimental evidence for this theoretical radiation. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Just Experimentally Proved One of Hawking's Wildest Theories," 23 Jan. 2019 The rule places limits on the amount of mercury that a power plant can emit. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "EPA says regulation of mercury emissions not “appropriate and necessary”," 29 Dec. 2018

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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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emit

verb

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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