- 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.
- transit camp,
- transit circle,
- transit instrument,
- transit number,
- transit shed
Origin of transit
Examples from the Web for transited
Just as the Jubilee was wrapping up in London, as it happens, Venus transited the Sun.
And it was all untrue; I found out afterwards how they were transited.The Possessed|Fyodor Dostoevsky
- 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
Word Origin for transit
"act or fact of passing across or through," mid-15c., from Latin transitus, past participle of transire "go or cross over" (see transient). Meaning "public transporation" is attested from 1873.
mid-15c., from Latin transitus, past participle of transire "go or cross over" (see transient). Related: Transited; transiting.