\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web On a typical long-haul journey, a large ship can emit more than 5,000 tons of CO2 along with harmful pollutants including nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur oxide (SOx) and particulate matter including soot. Nils Rokke, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Barges emit one-tenth of the carbon dioxide of trucks and 30% less carbon dioxide than rail shipping, according to the Texas Transportation Institute. Susan Degrane, chicagotribune.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Aircraft engines also emit nitrogen oxides, soot particles, and water vapor, which also contribute to warming the planet. Aarian Marshall, Wired, 28 Sep. 2021 Such facilities, called concrete batch plants, emit dust while mixing cement, air and materials such as sand and gravel in large drums. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Sep. 2021 As part of emergency shutdown procedures, these facilities emit or burn various unprocessed chemicals and gases through a process known as flaring. Rachel Ramirez And, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 The document Goynes and Russo have pilfered contains plans for a catalytic converter, an innovation that will enable cars to emit less pollution. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 So far, most of the electricity produced by the nuclear plant, known as Indian Point, has been replaced by power generated by plants that burn natural gas and emit more pollution. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2021 Bayview-Hunters Point, in the city’s southeast, is a historically Black neighborhood laden with industrial sites that emit pollution. Jason Fagone, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Mar. 2021

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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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17 Oct 2021

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“Emit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emit. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of emit

: to send (light, energy, etc.) out from a source
: to make (a certain sound)


\ 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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