- 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 emitting
When a pumpkin is sent to the landfill, it rots, emitting methane, an alarmingly potent greenhouse gas.Eat Your Halloween Pumpkin and Save the Planet!
October 31, 2013
If you take two long-haul flights a year, you are emitting as much carbon as if you had driven an extra car.What Are We Going to Do About Carbon?
June 25, 2013
He walked with the air of a cardinal, emitting words with a nasal tone and melancholy gestures.Pablo Neruda, My Neighbor: Roberto Ampuero Recalls His Childhood
June 21, 2012
At any rate, whatever the explanation, the sphere was emitting men!
He fell upon his back, emitting a shrill cry of alarm, like a woman's.The Downfall
Butter was sizzling in the pans and emitting a sharp odor of burnt flour.L'Assommoir
"I should think so," said the Personage, emitting a long whiff of smoke.The Burning Spear
The elderly serang, emitting a strange, inarticulate cry, gave the example.A Personal Record
- 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 emitting
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