Definitions of transit

  1. To pass over the disk of ( a heavenly body).
  2. make a transit
  3. cause or enable to pass through; " The canal will transit hundreds of ships every day"
  4. revolve ( the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction
  5. astronomy: pass across ( a sign or house of the zodiac) or pass across ( the disk of a celestial body or the meridian of a place); " The comet will transit on September 11"
  6. a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods
  7. make a passage or journey from one place to another
  8. facility consisting of the roads and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods
  9. The act of passing; passage through or over.
  10. The act or process of causing to pass; conveyance; as, the transit of goods through a country.
  11. A line or route of passage or conveyance; as, the Nicaragua transit.
  12. The passage of a heavenly body over the meridian of a place, or through the field of a telescope.
  13. 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.
  14. An instrument resembling a theodolite, used by surveyors and engineers; - called also transit compass, and surveyor's transit.
  15. A passage through or over; conveyance; the passage of a heavenly body across the sun; an instrument used in surveying to measure angles: called in full a transit theodolite.
  16. A passing over: conveyance: passage, as of freight, on railways and steamboats: rapid transit, the speedy transportation of passengers to and from their residences, in large and crowded cities; elevated and underground railroads are the chief means of rapid transit at present: ( astr.) the passage of a heavenly body over the meridian of a place: the passage of a planet over the sun's disc.
  17. A passing; crossing; passage of a heavenly body across a meridian or the sun's disc.
  18. The act of passing over or through; passage; especially, the passage of one heavenly body over the disk of another, or over the meridian.
  19. A passing over or through; conveyance; the passing of an inferior planet across the sun's disk; the passage of a heavenly body across the meridian of a place. See Transient.
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