Definition of Transit

1. Noun. A surveying instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles, consisting of a small telescope mounted on a tripod.

Exact synonyms: Theodolite
Terms within: Alidad, Alidade
Generic synonyms: Surveying Instrument, Surveyor's Instrument
Specialized synonyms: Tacheometer, Tachymeter

2. Verb. Make a passage or journey from one place to another. "Some travelers pass through the desert"
Exact synonyms: Move Through, Pass Across, Pass Over, Pass Through
Specialized synonyms: Cut
Generic synonyms: Go Across, Go Through, Pass
Derivative terms: Transition

3. Noun. A facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods.

4. Verb. Pass across (a sign or house of the zodiac) or pass across (the disk of a celestial body or the meridian of a place). "The comet will transit on September 11"
Generic synonyms: Go Across, Go Through, Pass

5. Noun. A journey usually by ship. "The outward passage took 10 days"
Exact synonyms: Passage
Generic synonyms: Journey, Journeying
Specialized synonyms: Lockage

6. Verb. Revolve (the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction.
Generic synonyms: Revolve, Roll

7. Verb. Cause or enable to pass through. "The canal will transit hundreds of ships every day"
Related verbs: Move Through, Pass Across, Pass Over, Pass Through
Generic synonyms: Bring, Convey, Take

Definition of Transit

1. n. The act of passing; passage through or over.

2. v. t. To pass over the disk of (a heavenly body).

Definition of Transit

1. Noun. The act of passing over, across, or through something. ¹

2. Noun. The conveyance of people or goods from one place to another, especially on a public transportation system; the vehicles used for such conveyance. ¹

3. Noun. (astronomy) The passage of a celestial body across the observer's meridian, or across the disk of a larger celestial body. ¹

4. Noun. A surveying instrument rather like a theodolite that measures horizontal and vertical angles. ¹

5. Noun. (context: navigation) an imaginary line between two objects whose positions are known. When the navigator sees one object directly in front of the other, then navigator knows that his position is on the transit. ¹

6. Noun. (British) a Ford Transit van. ¹

7. Noun. (Internet) to carry communications traffic to and from a customer or another network on a compensation basis as opposed to peerage in which the traffic to and from another network is carried on an equivalency basis or without charge. ¹

8. Verb. To pass over, across or through something ¹

9. Verb. To revolve an instrument about its horizontal axis so as to reverse its direction ¹

10. Verb. (context: astronomy intransitive) To make a transit ¹

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Definition of Transit

1. to pass across or through [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Transit

1. An act, process or instance of passing or journeying across, through or over. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Transit

transistor radio
transit (current term)
transit declinometer
transit instrument
transit lane
transit line
transit zone
transition electron
transition element
transition elements
transition function
transition functions
transition matrix

Literary usage of Transit

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1. Cavendish by Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach (1996)
"It had been only four years since the Society had finished with the 1761 transit, with rather disappointing results. Instruments from the earlier transit ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The transit can be observed only when Jupiter is above the horizon and the sun below it, so that only about one transit in five is visible at any one ..."

3. Defense Conversion: Redirecting R&Dby DIANE Publishing Company by DIANE Publishing Company (1994)
"OTA's analysis finds that the market for mass transit rail cars is generally less than $750 million per year, is highly variable, and is divided among many ..."

4. Harper's New Monthly Magazine by Henry Mills Alden (1874)
"In connection with the Venus transit it may ... Janssen himself will observe the transit from Yokohama, and will afterward proceed to ..."

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