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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of passing over, across, or through; passage.
  • n. Conveyance of people or goods from one place to another, especially on a local public transportation system.
  • n. The system or vehicles used for such conveyance.
  • n. A transition or change, as to a spiritual existence at death.
  • n. Astronomy The passage of a celestial body across the observer's meridian.
  • n. Astronomy The passage of a smaller celestial body or its shadow across the disk of a larger celestial body.
  • n. A surveying instrument similar to a theodolite that measures horizontal and vertical angles.
  • transitive v. To pass over, across, or through: aircraft transiting the United States and Canada.
  • transitive v. To revolve (the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction.
  • intransitive v. Astronomy To make a transit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of passing over, across, or through something.
  • n. The conveyance of people or goods from one place to another, especially on a public transportation system; the vehicles used for such conveyance.
  • n. The passage of a celestial body across the observer's meridian, or across the disk of a larger celestial body.
  • n. A surveying instrument rather like a theodolite that measures horizontal and vertical angles.
  • n. an imaginary line between two objects whose positions are known. When the navigator sees one object directly in front of the other, then navigator knows that his position is on the transit.
  • n. a Ford Transit van.
  • n. to carry communications traffic to and from a customer or another network on a compensation basis as opposed to peerage in which the traffic to and from another network is carried on an equivalency basis or without charge.
  • v. To pass over, across or through something
  • v. To revolve an instrument about its horizontal axis so as to reverse its direction
  • v. To make a transit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of passing; passage through or over.
  • n. The act or process of causing to pass; conveyance.
  • n. A line or route of passage or conveyance.
  • n.
  • n. The passage of a heavenly body over the meridian of a place, or through the field of a telescope.
  • n. The passage of a smaller body across the disk of a larger, as of Venus across the sun's disk, or of a satellite or its shadow across the disk of its primary.
  • n. An instrument resembling a theodolite, used by surveyors and engineers; -- called also transit compass, and surveyor's transit.
  • transitive v. To pass over the disk of (a heavenly body).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • On a surveyors’ transit, to turn (the telescope) over so as to make it point, in the opposite direction.
  • To pass over the disk of, as of a heavenly body.
  • n. in astronomy, the passage or transit of a star across the meridian at the point opposite to the point of culmination. In the case of a circumpolar star it is often called lower culmination or transit sub polo.
  • n. The act of passing; a passing over or through; a passage; the act of moving, or the state of being conveyed; also, the act or process of causing to pass; conveyance: as, the transit of goods through a country; the problem of rapid transit in cities.
  • n. A line of passage or conveyance through a country: as, the Nicaragua transit.
  • n. In astronomy: The passage of a heavenly body aeross the meridian of any place. The right ascension of such a body is the sidereal time of its upper transit.
  • n. The passage of a celestial body (specifically either of the planets Mercury and Venus) across the sun's disk, or of a satellite, or the shadow of a satellite, across the face of its primary. The passage of the moon across the sun's face, however, is called an eclipse.
  • n. An abbreviation of transit-circle or transitinstrument.
  • n. An instrument used in surveying for measuring horizontal angles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pass across (a sign or house of the zodiac) or pass across (the disk of a celestial body or the meridian of a place)
  • n. a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods
  • v. cause or enable to pass through
  • n. a journey usually by ship
  • n. a surveying instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles, consisting of a small telescope mounted on a tripod
  • v. revolve (the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction
  • v. make a passage or journey from one place to another

Etymologies

Middle English transite, from Latin trānsitus, from past participle of trānsīre, to go across; see transient.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Latin transire ("to go across, pass in, pass through"), from trans ("over") + ire ("to go"). (Wiktionary)

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