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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Salmonella bacteria normally hang out in animal intestines — and now, scientists are using machine learning to identify which animal’s intestines emitted the unpleasant and dangerous bacteria. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Machine learning could help figure out what pooped on your produce," 12 Dec. 2018 This means that materials that emit this wavelength become cooler than the temperature of the surrounding air. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How solar panels could cool our homes while harvesting energy," 12 Nov. 2018 The pendants are embedded with color shifting RWB that emit red, white, and blue tones instead of the typical red, green, and blue. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This high-design pendant light will keep your plants alive," 4 Oct. 2018 Other theories have included toxins, listening devices that accidentally emitted harmful sounds or even mass hysteria. Author: Steven Lee Myers, Jane Perlez, Anchorage Daily News, "Medical mystery grows as ailment afflicting U.S. envoys is now seen in China," 6 June 2018 Previous studies suggested that this abundance originated from dark matter — the mysteriously invisible substance that does not emit light or energy, yet is thought to make up most of the matter in the universe. Samantha Mathewson, Space.com, "Mysterious Milky Way Signal Comes from the Past, Not Dark Matter," 13 Mar. 2018 Atomic clocks keep time by referring to the frequency of light emitted by a specific atom. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A New Way To Build Atomic Clocks Could Make GPS Even Better," 12 Mar. 2019 The resulting greenhouse-gas emissions are equivalent to the daily exhaust emitted by about 2.7 million cars, according to estimates from the World Bank and Environmental Protection Agency. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "In Booming Oil Field, Natural Gas Can Be Free," 27 Dec. 2018 For one, while the particles emitted by the sun are super hot, they’re not super densely packed together. Brian Resnick, Vox, "NASA is shooting a spaceship at the sun. It might help us solve a huge mystery.," 8 Aug. 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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