What does transit mean?

Definitions for transit
ˈtræn sɪt, -zɪttran·sit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. theodolite, transitnoun

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

  2. transportation system, transportation, transitnoun

    a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods

  3. passage, transitverb

    a journey usually by ship

    "the outward passage took 10 days"

  4. transit, pass through, move through, pass across, pass oververb

    make a passage or journey from one place to another

    "The tourists moved through the town and bought up all the souvenirs;" "Some travelers pass through the desert"

  5. transitverb

    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"

  6. transitverb

    revolve (the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction

  7. transitverb

    cause or enable to pass through

    "The canal will transit hundreds of ships every day"


  1. transitnoun

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

  2. transitnoun

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

  3. transitnoun

    The passage of a celestial body across the observer's meridian, or across the disk of a larger celestial body.

  4. transitnoun

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

  5. transitnoun

    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.

  6. transitnoun

    a Ford Transit van.

  7. transitnoun

    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.

  8. transitverb

    To pass over, across or through something

  9. transitverb

    To revolve an instrument about its horizontal axis so as to reverse its direction

  10. transitverb

    To make a transit

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transitnoun

    the act of passing; passage through or over

  2. Transitnoun

    the act or process of causing to pass; conveyance; as, the transit of goods through a country

  3. Transitnoun

    a line or route of passage or conveyance; as, the Nicaragua transit

  4. Transitnoun

    the passage of a heavenly body over the meridian of a place, or through the field of a telescope

  5. Transitnoun

    the passage of a smaller body across the disk of a larger, as of Venus across the sun's disk, or of a satellite or its shadow across the disk of its primary

  6. Transitnoun

    an instrument resembling a theodolite, used by surveyors and engineers; -- called also transit compass, and surveyor's transit

  7. Transitverb

    to pass over the disk of (a heavenly body)


  1. Transit

    Transit is an original novel written by Ben Aaronovitch and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Seventh Doctor, Bernice and the first appearance of Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart. A prelude to the novel, also penned by Aaronovitch, appeared in Doctor Who Magazine #195.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Transit

    tran′sit, n. a passing over: conveyance: (astron.) the passage of a heavenly body over the meridian of a place: the passage of a planet over the sun's disc: a transit circle, or instrument, for observing the transit of a heavenly body across the meridian.—ns. Trans′it-dū′ty, a duty chargeable on goods passing through a country; Trans′it-in′strument, an astronomical telescope mounted in the meridian and turning on a fixed east and west axis; Transi′tion, passage from one place or state to another: change: (mus.) a change of key.—adjs. Transi′tional, Transi′tionary, containing or denoting transition: of intermediate character between species or genera, transmutational: characteristic of one epoch or style in its transition to another.—adv. Transi′tionally.—adj. Trans′itive, passing over: having the power of passing: (gram.) denoting a verb which has a direct object.—adv. Trans′itively.—n. Trans′itiveness.—adv. Trans′itorily.—n. Trans′itoriness.—adj. Trans′itory, going or passing away: lasting for a short time: speedily vanishing.—n. Trans′it-trade, the trade of carrying foreign goods through a country.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. transit

    The precise culmination of a heavenly body over the meridian of a place.

Editors Contribution

  1. transit

    The movement of goods, products or currency from a current location to specific location.

    Cash in transit vehicles travel from a location to another daily to ensure the movement of cash.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 4, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of transit in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of transit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of transit in a Sentence

  1. Feliciano Reyna:

    Public transit uses a lot of diesel, we hope that the incoming Biden administration can take a more strategic look at the purpose of the sanctions, and can lift those that don’t change the position of the group in power and instead create problems for the population.

  2. Gerry Tierney:

    This is not a transit system. It's a system for driving electric vehicles underground.

  3. Michelle Karam:

    It's quite the drive and public transit is not an option, so travelers should make sure to rent a car or have a local driver, the beach itself is a great spot for surfing. Across the road I'd recommend grabbing some 'bake and shark,' a popular local dish, along with the local brew, Carib.

  4. Rivka Gerwitz Little:

    When you take something like a transit card and you enable it with mobile, it makes it so much easier. We will stop the fumbling with Metrocards that we see every day.

  5. Rami Al-Hamdallah:

    We have intensive contacts with our Jordanian brothers to obtain more (transit) letters for our people in Gaza.

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    joint that forms a corner; usually both sides are bevelled at a 45-degree angle to form a 90-degree corner
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