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transit

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noun tran·sit \ˈtran(t)-sət, ˈtran-zət\

Definition of transit

  1. 1a (1) :  conveyance of persons or things from one place to another (2) :  usually local transportation especially of people by public conveyance; also :  vehicles or a system engaged in such transportationb :  an act, process, or instance of passing through or overc :  change, transition

  2. 2a :  passage of a celestial body over the meridian of a place or through the field of a telescopeb :  passage of a smaller body (such as Venus) across the disk of a larger (such as the sun)

  3. 3 :  a theodolite with the telescope mounted so that it can be transited

Examples of transit in a sentence

  1. the problems of urban transit

Origin and Etymology of transit

Middle English transite, from Latin transitus, from transire to go across, pass


First Known Use: 15th century

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transit

verb tran·sit

Definition of transit

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a transit

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1a :  to pass over or throughb :  to cause to pass over or through

  5. 2 :  to pass across (a meridian, a celestial body, or the field of view of a telescope)

  6. 3 :  to turn (a telescope) over about the horizontal transverse axis in surveying

Examples of transit in a sentence

  1. once you transit that stretch of dense woods, the hiking should be much easier

15th Century

First Known Use of transit

15th century



TRANSIT Defined for English Language Learners

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transit

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noun tran·sit \ˈtran(t)-sət, ˈtran-zət\

Definition of transit for English Language Learners

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


TRANSIT Defined for Kids

transit

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noun tran·sit \ˈtran-sət, -zət\

Definition of transit for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of passing through or across the transit of a satellite's signals

  2. 2 :  the act or method of carrying things from one place to another The goods were lost in transit.

  3. 3 :  local transportation of people in public vehicles

  4. 4 :  a surveyor's instrument for measuring angles



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