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1 a surveying instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles, consisting of a small telescope mounted on a tripod [syn: theodolite]
2 a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods [syn: transportation system, transportation]
3 a journey usually by ship; "the outward passage took 10 days" [syn: passage]


1 make a passage or journey from one place to another [syn: pass through, pass across, pass over]
2 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"
3 revolve (the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction
4 cause or enable to pass through; "The canal will transit hundreds of ships every day"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of passing over, across, or through something.
  2. The conveyance of people or goods from one place to another, especially on a public transportation system; the vehicles used for such conveyance.
  3. 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. In the context of "navigation": an imaginary line between two objects whose positions are known. When the navigator sees one object directly in front of the other, then navigator knows that his position is on the transit.
  6. a Ford Transit van.


The act of passing over, across, or through something
The conveyance of people or goods from one place to another
The passage of a celestial body
A surveying instrument
imaginary line


  1. To pass over, across or through something
  2. To revolve an instrument about its horizontal axis so as to reverse its direction
  3. In the context of "astronomy|intransitive": To make a transit


To pass over, across or through something
To revolve an instrument about its horizontal axis so as to reverse its direction
To make a transit (astronomy)

Extensive Definition

Transit may refer to:



  • Astronomical transit, when one celestial body appears to move across the face of another celestial body, as seen by an observer at some particular vantage point
  • Ford Transit, a van made by the Ford Motor Company
  • Public transport, transportation systems in which the passengers do not travel in their own vehicles
  • Navigational transit, when a navigator observes two fixed reference points in line
  • Transit (ship), the name given to three sailing vessels designed and built to the order of Captain Richard Hall Gower
  • A specialized type of Theodolite used in surveying.
  • Transit New Zealand, a crown entity responsible for the New Zealand national state highway network.

Other uses

  • Transit, Canadian shoe retailer now operating under the name Spring
  • Astrological transit, are the comparison and evaluation of planets in their current position in relation to those on a Natal Chart.
  • Transit, a 1992 novel by Ben Aaronovitch based on the TV series Doctor Who
  • Transit (satellite), the first satellite navigation system to be used operationally
  • Internet transit, one of the two mechanisms by which Internet traffic is exchanged between internet service providers
  • Routing transit number, an identifying code used in transference of funds through banking institutions
transit in German: Transit
transit in Spanish: Transit
transit in French: Transit
transit in Lithuanian: Tranzitas (reikšmės)
transit in Portuguese: Transit

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