- 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.
Origin of transit
Examples from the Web for transiting
Contemporary Examples of transiting
Ships were transiting without security through the Indian Ocean, near Somalia, and ripe for the picking.The Pirate Negotiator
November 14, 2013
Transiting through medical facilities in Germany, he checked into Bethesda.Home on the Fourth of July: Two Marines, Two Purple Hearts
John Kael Weston
July 4, 2013
- 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.