[trans-mit, tranz-]

verb (used with object), trans·mit·ted, trans·mit·ting.

verb (used without object), trans·mit·ted, trans·mit·ting.

to send a signal by wire, radio, or television waves.
to pass on a right or obligation to heirs or descendants.

Origin of transmit

1350–1400; Middle English transmitten < Latin trānsmittere to send across, equivalent to trāns- trans- + mittere to send
Related formstrans·mit·ta·ble, trans·mit·ti·ble, adjectivenon·trans·mit·ti·ble, adjectivepre·trans·mit, verb (used with object), pre·trans·mit·ted, pre·trans·mit··trans·mit, verb (used with object), re·trans·mit·ted, re·trans·mit·ting.un·trans·mit·ted, adjective

Synonyms for transmit

1. transfer, remit. 2. bear.

Synonym study

2. See carry. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for transmittable

Contemporary Examples of transmittable

Historical Examples of transmittable

  • No savant now denies the transmittable taint of insanity and consumption.

    Mizora: A Prophecy

    Mary E. Bradley

  • But 'desertion' is a pattern of action, not a transmittable determinant.

    The Ties That Bind

    Walter Miller

  • We don't know what is a transmittable determinant until after it's happened.

    The Ties That Bind

    Walter Miller

  • And another way to the soul only—rare, untransferable to words, and therefore not transmittable to others or to the reason.

    The Golden Fountain

    Lilian Staveley

British Dictionary definitions for transmittable


verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted

(tr) to pass or cause to go from one place or person to another; transfer
(tr) to pass on or impart (a disease, infection, etc)
(tr) to hand down to posterity
(tr; usually passive) to pass (an inheritable characteristic) from parent to offspring
to allow the passage of (particles, energy, etc)radio waves are transmitted through the atmosphere
  1. to send out (signals) by means of radio waves or along a transmission line
  2. to broadcast (a radio or television programme)
(tr) to transfer (a force, motion, power, etc) from one part of a mechanical system to another
Derived Formstransmittable or transmittible, adjectivetransmittal, noun

Word Origin for transmit

C14: from Latin transmittere to send across, from trans- + mittere to send
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for transmittable



c.1400, from Latin transmittere "send across, transfer, pass on," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + mittere "to send" (see mission). Related: Transmitted; transmitting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for transmittable


[trăns-mĭt, trănz-]


To send from one person, thing, or place to another; convey.
To cause to spread; pass on.
To impart or convey to others by heredity or inheritance; hand down.
Related formstrans•mitta•ble adj.
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