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See also: Transit, trànsit, and transît




From French, from Latin transire (to go across, pass in, pass through), from trans (over) +‎ ire (to go).



transit (countable and uncountable, plural transits)

  1. The act of passing over, across, or through something.
    • Burke
      In France you are now [] in the transit from one form of government to another.
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard
      In the hollow by the park wall it appeared again, distinctly; and here it was plain the transit of the wall had been made, for the traces of the mud were evident enough upon its surface, and the mortar at top was displaced, and a little tuft of grass in the mud, left by the clodded shoesole.
  2. The conveyance of people or goods from one place to another, especially on a public transportation system; the vehicles used for such conveyance.
    the transit of goods through a country
  3. (astronomy) The passage of a celestial body across the observer's meridian, or across the disk of a larger celestial body.
  4. A surveying instrument rather like a theodolite that measures horizontal and vertical angles.
  5. (navigation) An imaginary line between two objects whose positions are known. When the navigator sees one object directly in front of the other, the navigator knows that his position is on the transit.
  6. (Britain) A Ford Transit van, see Transit. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  7. (Canada, US) Public transport system.

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transit (third-person singular simple present transits, present participle transiting, simple past and past participle transited)

  1. To pass over, across or through something.
  2. To revolve an instrument about its horizontal axis so as to reverse its direction.
  3. (astronomy, intransitive) To make a transit.
  4. (Internet) 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.


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  1. ^ Joan Beal (2002) English Pronunciation in the Eighteenth Century: Thomas Spence's Grand Repository of the English Language[1], Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 109

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transit m (plural transic)

  1. transit