Etymology
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transit (n.)

mid-15c., "act or fact of passing across or through," from Latin transitus "a going over, passing over, passage," verbal noun from past participle of transire "cross over, go over, pass over, hasten over, pass away," from trans "across, beyond" (see trans-) + ire "to go" (from PIE root *ei- "to go"). Meaning "a transit of a planet across the sun" is from 1660s. Meaning "public transportation" is attested from 1873.

Origin and meaning of transit

transit (v.)

mid-15c., from Latin transitus, past participle of transire "cross over, go over, pass over, hasten over, pass away," from trans "across, beyond" (see trans-) + ire "to go" (from PIE root *ei- "to go"). Astronomical sense is from 1680s. Related: Transited; transiting.

Origin and meaning of transit

updated on October 13, 2021

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Definitions of transit from WordNet
1
transit (v.)
make a passage or journey from one place to another;
Synonyms: pass through / move through / pass across / pass over
transit (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);
The comet will transit on September 11
transit (v.)
revolve (the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction;
transit (v.)
cause or enable to pass through;
The canal will transit hundreds of ships every day
2
transit (n.)
a surveying instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles, consisting of a small telescope mounted on a tripod;
Synonyms: theodolite
transit (n.)
a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods;
Synonyms: transportation system / transportation
transit (n.)
a journey usually by ship;
Synonyms: passage
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