- to send forth (liquid, light, heat, sound, particles, etc.); discharge.
- to give forth or release (a sound): He emitted one shrill cry and then was silent.
- to utter or voice, as opinions.
- to issue, as an order or a decree.
- to issue formally for circulation, as paper money.
Origin of emit
1620–30; < Latin ēmittere to send forth, equivalent to ē- e-1 + mittere to send
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Examples from the Web for emit
These black holes are a type known as quasars: extremely massive objects that emit more light than the rest of the galaxy.The Black Hole Tango
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November 24, 2014
They emit an odor that no human being should inhale, and yet you have.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Some of the matter is ejected away in the form of huge powerful jets (which also emit a lot of light).The Supermassive Black Hole Smokescreen
Matthew R. Francis
June 22, 2014
One possible reaction is to emit a deep and weary sigh at the notion that journalism has come to this.You And All Your Friends Must Read This Story Right Now, Or You Will Probably Die
March 6, 2013
Duck calls are short, whistle-like tools used to emit “quack” sounds in order to lure ducks for hunting.Dummies’ Guide to ‘Duck Dynasty’
December 8, 2012
Glory leaped up from the table and her eyes seemed to emit fire.The Christian
And Mr Powell, flattered and embarrassed, could but emit a vague murmur of protest.
Mrs. Hermann would glance at me quickly, emit slight "Ach's!"Falk
And Mr. Powell, flattered and embarrassed, could but emit a vague murmur of protest.
Like the Fox Snake it will emit an unpleasant odor when caught.Pathfinder
- to give or send forth; dischargethe pipe emitted a stream of water
- to give voice to; uttershe emitted a shrill scream
- physics to give off (radiation or particles)
- to put (currency) into circulation
C17: from Latin ēmittere to send out, from mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for emit
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