- the act or fact of passing across or through; passage from one place to another.
- conveyance or transportation from one place to another, as of persons or goods, especially, local public transportation: city transit.Compare mass transit.
- a transition or change.
- 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.
- Astrology. the passage of a planet in aspect to another planet or a specific point in a horoscope.
- (initial capital letter) U.S. Aerospace. one of a series of satellites for providing positional data to ships and aircraft.
- to pass across or through.
- Surveying. to turn (the telescope of a transit) in a vertical plane in order to reverse direction; plunge.
- Astronomy. to cross (a meridian, celestial body, etc.).
- to pass over or through something; make a transit.
- Astronomy. to make a transit across a meridian, celestial body, etc.
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
- a change or transition
- a route
- 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
- astrology the passage of a planet across some special point on the zodiac
- in transit while being conveyed; during passage
- to make a transit through or over (something)
- astronomy to make a transit across (a celestial body or the meridian)
- to cause (the telescope of a surveying instrument) to turn over or (of such a telescope) to be turned over in a vertical plane so that it points in the opposite direction
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.
- The passage of a smaller celestial body or its shadow across the disk of a larger celestial body. As observed from Earth, Mercury and Venus are the only planets of the solar system that make transits of the Sun, because they are the only planets with orbits that lie between Earth and the Sun. Mercury makes an average of 13 transits of the Sun each century. Transits of Venus across the Sun are much rarer, with only 7 of them having occurred between 1639 and 2004. In contrast, transits of Jupiter's moons across its disk are common occurrences. Compare occultation.
- The passage of a celestial body across the celestial meridian (the great circle on the celestial sphere passing through the celestial poles and an observer's zenith). For any observer, the object is at its highest in the sky at its transit of the observer's meridian. See more at celestial meridian.