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Definition of Transit


  1. The act of passing; passage through or over.
  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.
  4. The passage of a heavenly body over the meridian of a place, or through the field of a telescope.
  5. 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.
  6. An instrument resembling a theodolite, used by surveyors and engineers; -- called also transit compass, and surveyor's transit.
  7. To pass over the disk of (a heavenly body).

Transit Quotations

Deprived of the opportunity to judge one another by the cars we drive, New Yorkers, thrown together daily on mass transit, form silent opinions based on our choices of subway reading. Just by glimpsing the cover staring back at us, we can reach the pinnacle of carnal desire or the depths of hatred. Soul mate or mortal enemy.
David Rakoff

A thought is an idea in transit.

You come to Washington, there's a rail bill, there's a highway bill, there's a aviation bill. But when you go home, there's an airport, there's a highway, there's a rail, there's transit. It all has to work together.
Anthony Foxx

Point-to-point transit via low orbit could dramatically speed up international flights, connecting the world even further. And safe, consistent space travel opens up the possibility of commercial space stations, trips to the moon and exploration beyond.
Ben Parr

The Venus transit is not a spectacle the way a total solar eclipse is a spectacle.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Transit Translations

transit in French is transiter, transit
transit in Italian is tragitto
transit in Swedish is genomresa
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