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Meaning of TRANSIT

Pronunciation:  'transit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a journey usually by ship; "the outward passage took 10 days"
  2. [n]  a surveying instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles, consisting of a small telescope mounted on a tripod
  3. [n]  facility consisting of the roads and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods
  4. [v]  cause or enable to pass through; "The canal will transit hundreds of ships every day"
  5. [v]  revolve (the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction
  6. [v]  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"
  7. [v]  make a transit

TRANSIT is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: passage, theodolite, transportation, transportation system
 See Also: airfield, alidad, alidade, base, bridge, bring, convey, cut, depot, facility, field, flying field, go across, go through, highway system, infrastructure, installation, journey, journeying, landing field, line, lockage, pass, public transit, public transport, revolve, roll, short line, span, surveying instrument, surveyor's instrument, tacheometer, tachymeter, take, telferage, telpherage, terminal, terminus, turn over, way



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Trans"it\, n. [L. transitus, from transire to go over:
    cf. F. transit. See {Transient}.]
    1. The act of passing; passage through or over.
             In France you are now . . . in the transit from one
             form of government to another.        --Burke.
    2. The act or process of causing to pass; conveyance; as, the
       transit of goods through a country.
    3. A line or route of passage or conveyance; as, the
       Nicaragua transit. --E. G. Squier.
    4. (Astron.)
       (a) The passage of a heavenly body over the meridian of a
           place, or through the field of a telescope.
       (b) 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
    5. An instrument resembling a theodolite, used by surveyors
       and engineers; -- called also {transit compass}, and
       {surveyor's transit}.
    Note: The surveyor's transit differs from the theodolite in
          having the horizontal axis attached directly to the
          telescope which is not mounted in Y's and can be turned
          completely over about the axis.
    {Lower transit} (Astron.), the passage of a heavenly body
       across that part of the meridian which is below the polar
    {Surveyor's transit}. See {Transit}, 5, above.
    {Transit circle} (Astron.), a transit instrument with a
       graduated circle attached, used for observing the time of
       transit and the declination at one observation. See
       {Circle}, n., 3.
    {Transit compass}. See {Transit}, 5, above.
    {Transit duty}, a duty paid on goods that pass through a
    {Transit instrument}. (Astron.)
       (a) A telescope mounted at right angles to a horizontal
           axis, on which it revolves with its line of
           collimation in the plane of the meridian, -- used in
           connection with a clock for observing the time of
           transit of a heavenly body over the meridian of a
       (b) (Surv.) A surveyor's transit. See {Transit}, 5, above.
    {Transit trade} (Com.), the business conected with the
       passage of goods through a country to their destination.
    {Upper transit} (Astron.), the passage of a heavenly body
       across that part of the meridian which is above the polar
  2. \Trans"it\, v. t. (Astron.)
    To pass over the disk of (a heavenly body).
Computing Dictionary

Subsystem of ICES. Sammet 1969, p.616.

 Definition: a sophisticated optical surveying instrument similar to an alidade, except that it is mounted directly on a tripod, rather than resting on a plane