tran·​sit | \ ˈtran(t)-sət How to pronounce transit (audio) , ˈtran-zət How to pronounce transit (audio) \

Definition of transit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 transportation
b : an act, process, or instance of passing through or over
2a : passage of a celestial body over the meridian of a place or through the field of a telescope
b : passage of a smaller body (such as Venus) across the disk of a larger (such as the sun)
3 : a theodolite with the telescope mounted so that it can be transited


transited; transiting; transits

Definition of transit (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a transit

transitive verb

1a : to pass over or through
b : to cause to pass over or through
2 : to pass across (a meridian, a celestial body, or the field of view of a telescope)
3 : to turn (a telescope) over about the horizontal transverse axis in surveying

Examples of transit in a Sentence

Noun the problems of urban transit Verb once you transit that stretch of dense woods, the hiking should be much easier
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If damage or loss does happen during transit, be sure to file a report with the airline or travel supplier within 24 hours. Erica Lamberg, Robb Report, 20 Nov. 2021 The package pledges billions of dollars in investments for upgrading America's roads, bridges and transit systems. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 17 Nov. 2021 Adaptive reuse would increase the supply of homes in transit-rich locations already built for density, without encroaching on historic residential enclaves. Joshua Benaim, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2021 The bill aims to repair and upgrade transit systems and make stations more accessible to elderly and passengers with disabilities. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2021 But transit systems can’t rely on government funds forever. Fortune, 2 Nov. 2021 The legislation includes $550 billion in new federal investments over five years to modernize roads, bridges as well as transit systems while expanding high-speed internet systems and the nation’s network of electric vehicle charging stations. Melissa Noel, Essence, 8 Nov. 2021 The House late Friday night gave final approval to legislation intended to improve roads, bridges, transit systems, broadband and bolster Chesapeake Bay restoration. Jeff Barker,, 7 Nov. 2021 During transit, the asphalt is normally kept at around 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While most cross-border traffic was shut down in the earliest days of the pandemic, essential travelers have been able to transit unimpeded. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 24 Nov. 2021 While most cross-border traffic was shut down in the earliest days of the pandemic, essential travelers have been able to transit unimpeded. Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Nov. 2021 The slow zone, where mariners are asked to avoid or transit at 10 knots or less, is in effect immediately and expires on Nov. 8., 25 Oct. 2021 That's raised concerns about how economies like the U.K.'s, which is officially expected to transit to net-zero emissions by 2050, will rely on renewables going forward. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2021 Investors hoped to meet market demand for international business and leisure routes without the need to transit via the country's major international hub in Copenhagen. David Nikel, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Ultimately, about 40 more were expected to transit through the rest of the day and on Friday. Jessica Donati, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 The museum charges admission, but the lobby is free and accessible to the public — allowing people to transit through the structure. Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Before hurricane season, Foltz said the floats in the Gulf were programmed to surface every 10 days to transit their data via satellite., 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of transit


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for transit


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

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“Transit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of transit

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


tran·​sit | \ ˈtran-sət How to pronounce transit (audio) , -zət \

Kids Definition of transit

1 : the act of passing through or across the transit of a satellite's signals
2 : the act or method of carrying things from one place to another The goods were lost in transit.
3 : local transportation of people in public vehicles
4 : a surveyor's instrument for measuring angles

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