- the passage of a heavenly body across the meridian of a given location or through the field of a telescope.
- the passage of Mercury or Venus across the disk of the sun, or of a satellite or its shadow across the face of its primary.
- meridian circle.
verb (used with object), tran·sit·ed, tran·sit·ing.
verb (used without object), tran·sit·ed, tran·sit·ing.
Words nearby transit
Origin of transit
Definition for transit (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for transit
The paperwork was spotless: he had died in transit, the conjunction of a weak heart and long trip.
Its method of transit is direct person-to-person contact with body fluids.
On top of the $8-10K salary, visa and transit costs will be covered.
Instead of a lock and key, you get “strong encryption to protect evidence data in transit and at rest.”Your Arrest Video Is Going Online. Who Will See It?|Jacob Siegel|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A source tells The Daily Beast that Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) will be the next chair of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee.Missouri Rep.To Lead Crucial Highways Subcommittee|Tim Mak|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They travelled rarely, and dwelt close to their work, because swift means of transit had not yet come.Tales of Space and Time|Herbert George Wells
At the same time he undertook to provide the necessary supplies for its maintenance during the transit.The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete|Friedrich Schiller
This was the penalty for making the transit from a lower to a higher civilization.
"Run through the apertures uselessly in transit," I think I said last.Miss Cayley's Adventures|Grant Allen
You see, there will be no waste, no damage in transit, as there always is with wheat and flour.Father Goriot|Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for transit (1 of 2)
- the passage or conveyance of goods or people
- (as modifier)a transit visa
- the passage of a celestial body or satellite across the face of a relatively larger body as seen from the earth
- the apparent passage of a celestial body across the meridian, caused by the earth's diurnal rotation
Derived forms of transittransitable, adjective
Word Origin for transit
British Dictionary definitions for transit (2 of 2)
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Cultural definitions for transit
Latin for “Thus passes away the glory of the world”; worldly things do not last.
Idioms and Phrases with transit
Nothing on earth is permanent, as in His first three novels were bestsellers and now he can't even find an agent—sic transit gloria mundi. This expression, Latin for “Thus passes the glory of the world,” has been used in English since about 1600, and is familiar enough so that it is sometimes abbreviated to sic transit.