transmit

verb

trans·​mit tran(t)s-ˈmit How to pronounce transmit (audio)
tranz-
transmitted; transmitting

transitive verb

1
a
: to send or convey from one person or place to another : forward
b
: to cause or allow to spread: such as
(1)
: to convey by or as if by inheritance or heredity : hand down
(2)
: to convey (infection) abroad or to another
2
a(1)
: to cause (something, such as light or force) to pass or be conveyed through space or a medium
(2)
: to admit the passage of : conduct
glass transmits light
b
: to send out (a signal) either by radio waves or over a wire

intransitive verb

: to send out a signal either by radio waves or over a wire
transmittable adjective
transmittal noun

Examples of transmit in a Sentence

The technology allows data to be transmitted by cellular phones. transmitting and receiving radio signals The radio transmits on two different frequencies. the different ways that people transmit their values The disease is transmitted by sexual contact.
Recent Examples on the Web Fiber optic cables transmit information, like high-speed internet, by firing pulses of light. Matt Simon, WIRED, 30 Nov. 2023 The second season, which had co-funding from Screen Ireland and Creative Europe MEDIA, was first transmitted on RTE Ireland in September this year. Patrick Frater, Variety, 30 Nov. 2023 This lack of understanding of the ability of our economy to substitute solutions extends to transmitting and distributing electricity at large and short scales. Michael Barnard, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Visible light communication systems are great at transmitting torrents of data, but to be widely adopted they must be made as simple as possible. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Nov. 2023 There’s a particular need to build additional electric transmission lines in Georgia and other states to transmit electricity from new solar and wind generation. Jeff Amy, Fortune, 27 Nov. 2023 In 2012 and 2016, North Korea placed Earth observation satellites into orbit, but experts say neither has ever transmitted imagery back to North Korea. Hyung-Jin Kim The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 23 Nov. 2023 Federal prosecutors specifically charged Binance with conspiring to run an unlicensed money transmitting business, violating federal bank secrecy laws and violating federal sanctions laws. Glenn Thrush, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 Typically, chronic wasting disease is transmitted through bodily fluids and waste, including saliva, urine, feces and even carcasses, WGFD says. Li Cohen, CBS News, 17 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English transmitten, from Latin transmittere, from trans- + mittere to send

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of transmit was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near transmit

Cite this Entry

“Transmit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transmit. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

transmit

verb
trans·​mit tran(t)s-ˈmit How to pronounce transmit (audio) tranz- How to pronounce transmit (audio)
transmitted; transmitting
1
a
: to transfer from one person or place to another
b
: to pass on by or as if by inheritance
c
: to cause or allow to spread abroad or to another
transmit a disease
2
a
: to pass or cause to pass through space or a material : allow the passage of
b
: to send a signal by radio waves or over a wire
transmittable adjective
transmittal noun
Etymology

Middle English transmitten "to send to another person or place," from Latin transmittere (same meaning), from trans- "across, to the other side" and mittere "to send, throw" — related to emit

Medical Definition

transmit

transitive verb
trans·​mit tran(t)s-ˈmit How to pronounce transmit (audio) tranz- How to pronounce transmit (audio)
transmitted; transmitting
: to pass, transfer, or convey from one person or place to another: as
a
: to pass or convey by heredity
transmit a genetic abnormality
b
: to convey (infection) abroad or to another
mosquitoes transmit malaria
c
: to cause (energy) to be conveyed through space or a medium
substances that transmit nerve impulses

Legal Definition

transmit

transitive verb
trans·​mit tranz-ˈmit, trans- How to pronounce transmit (audio)
transmitted; transmitting
1
: to send or convey from one person or place to another
2
: to transfer especially by inheritance
transmittable adjective
transmittal noun

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