- 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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Related Wordsbreathe, expend, spit, spill, spew, vent, emanate, pour, beam, utter, ooze, belch, transmit, radiate, exude, secrete, exhale, shed, expel, pronounce
Examples from the Web for emits
As that matter orbits the black hole, it heats up and emits a lot of light.The Goldilocks of Black Holes
Matthew R. Francis
August 24, 2014
She crinkles her brow and then, on cue, she emits a keening howl.When An Adopted Child Won’t Attach
May 2, 2014
It emits nationalist noises against the United States and Israel, downgrading co-operation with former partners.Egypt: You Read it First at Frum Forum
January 28, 2013
Any risk comes not from the phone itself, of course, but from the radio waves it emits.Are Cellphones Really a Cancer Risk?
June 1, 2011
Like other animals of its tribe, it emits a peculiar musky smell.The Western World
The fascicle of light that it emits has a perfect concentration.
Has the Glow-worm a free control of the light which he emits?The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
He is small, so that the volume of sound he emits is not great, but it is penetrating.Birds of the Indian Hills
The flower is gaudy in color and emits a most offensive odor.
- 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 emits
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