What does transit mean?

Definitions for transit
ˈtræn sɪt, -zɪttran·sit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. theodolite, transit(noun)

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

  2. transportation system, transportation, transit(noun)

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

  3. passage, transit(verb)

    a journey usually by ship

    "the outward passage took 10 days"

  4. transit, pass through, move through, pass across, pass over(verb)

    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. transit(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"

  6. transit(verb)

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

  7. transit(verb)

    cause or enable to pass through

    "The canal will transit hundreds of ships every day"


  1. transit(Noun)

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

  2. transit(Noun)

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

  3. transit(Noun)

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

  4. transit(Noun)

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

  5. transit(Noun)

    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. transit(Noun)

    a Ford Transit van.

  7. transit(Noun)

    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. transit(Verb)

    To pass over, across or through something

  9. transit(Verb)

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

  10. transit(Verb)

    To make a transit

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transit(noun)

    the act of passing; passage through or over

  2. Transit(noun)

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

  3. Transit(noun)

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

  4. Transit(noun)

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

  5. Transit(noun)

    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. Transit(noun)

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

  7. Transit(verb)

    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. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer:

    It's critical that we look at the safety and security of our transit systems to ensure this kind of attack doesn't occur on American soil, i believe the administration is doing a very good job fighting terrorism but you can never be too careful.

  2. Charlie Brown:

    U.S. Navy Ships transit between the South China Sea and East China Sea via the Taiwan Strait and have done so for many years.

  3. Olyona Osmolovska:

    We think our transit route is the most direct and the cheapest.

  4. The Russian nuclear physicist:

    It's my dream, i think the two countries can be allies, because together, we can do many things. Stepping on each other's toes won't be good for anyone. Edward Lozansky pointed to the support provided by Russia after 9/11, when Moscow helped facilitate transit of material for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, as an example of Russian cooperation. As the political relationship between America and Russia now founders, Lozansky, still Edward Lozansky, works behind the scenes, organizing scientific and cultural exchanges between the two countries. Meanwhile, people in Moscow say anti-Americanism is at an all-time high, worse even than it was back in Soviet days. A recent poll by the Levada Center in Moscow, which is as close as there is to an independent pollster, found 70 percent of Russians have a negative view of United States. It looks like anti-Americanism is a newly found synonym for Russian patriotism.

  5. Elliot Sander:

    The Pittsburg site will also enable Bombardier to pursue additional business opportunities in the growing rail transit equipment market on the West Coast and to serve this market with increased effectiveness.

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