- Transit is a passage or transition through or across, or public transportation.
- An example of transit is moving a shipment from point A to point B.
- An example of transit is a commuter train.
- Transit is defined as to pass through or to reverse direction.
An example of transit is to pass through a mountainside in your car.
- passage through or across
- a transition; change
- the act of carrying or the condition of being carried through or across; conveyance: goods in transit
- a system of public transportation, esp. in a city
- a surveying instrument for measuring horizontal angles, a kind of theodolitein full transit theodolite
- the apparent passage of a celestial body across a given meridian or through the field of a telescope
- the apparent passage of a smaller celestial body across the disk of a larger one, as of Mercury across the sun
Origin of transitMiddle English transite ; from Classical Latin transitus, past participle of transire ; from trans-, trans- + ire, to go: see year
- to make a transit through or across
- to revolve (the telescope of a transit) so as to reverse its direction
- The act of passing over, across, or through; passage.
- a. Conveyance of people or goods from one place to another, especially on a local public transportation system.b. The system or vehicles used for such conveyance.
- A transition or change, as to a spiritual existence at death.
- Astronomy a. The passage of a celestial body across the observer's meridian.b. The passage of a smaller celestial body or its shadow across the disk of a larger celestial body.
- A surveying instrument similar to a theodolite that measures horizontal and vertical angles.
verbtran·sit·ed, tran·sit·ing, tran·sits
- To pass over, across, or through: aircraft transiting the United States and Canada.
- Astronomy To make a transit across (a celestial body as perceived by an observer), as a planet passing between the sun and Earth.
- To revolve (the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction.
verb, intransitive Astronomy
Origin of transitMiddle English transite, from Latin tr&amacron;nsitus, from past participle of tr&amacron;ns&imacron;re, to go across; see transient.
(countable and uncountable, plural transits)
- The act of passing over, across, or through something.
- The conveyance of people or goods from one place to another, especially on a public transportation system; the vehicles used for such conveyance.
- the transit of goods through a country
- (astronomy) The passage of a celestial body across the observer's meridian, or across the disk of a larger celestial body.
- A surveying instrument rather like a theodolite that measures horizontal and vertical angles.
- (navigation) an imaginary line between two objects whose positions are known. When the navigator sees one object directly in front of the other, the navigator knows that his position is on the transit.
- (UK) a Ford Transit van.
- (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.
(third-person singular simple present transits, present participle transiting, simple past and past participle transited)