Definition of transit in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtranzət/ /ˈtrænzət/

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  • 1The carrying of people, goods, or materials from one place to another.

    ‘a painting was damaged in transit’
    • ‘They have been linked to nearly 3 million worth of robberies from cash in transit vans in recent years.’
    • ‘The ships carrying the materials have been in transit for some time and are due to arrive in the Irish Sea shortly.’
    • ‘There is also the issue of goods damaged in transit, during transportation from Mayo to Dublin or to the ports.’
    • ‘The shipment was in transit between Malaysia's Port Klang and Oakland in California.’
    • ‘A substantial portion of a shipment which was in transit to Canada was stolen, resulting in a loss to him of approximately $115,000.’
    • ‘Full details of the scheme, which will involve strict controls on transportation to ensure that the animals are not infected in transit, are expected to be announced on Friday.’
    • ‘Strip away the jargon, and you are talking about ambushing terrorist groups, raiding weapons shipments in transit, and rescuing hostages.’
    • ‘I think that probably 10 years from now you'll actually be able to watch a shipment in transit.’
    • ‘For example, one can envision such systems installed in cargo holds, operating while freight is in transit.’
    • ‘While the shipment was in transit, the British approached the French and bought all 150,000.’
    • ‘I've never had jet lag before, but it's not surprising I have it now since I'm on my fourth time zone in a fortnight, have lost an entire day somewhere and have spent several entire nights in transit.’
    • ‘Existing industries also are suffering due to goods damaged in transit, therefore affecting their competitiveness and long-term sustainability.’
    • ‘Furthermore, our stock was damaged in transit by the sub-contractor who sponsored the transport from Port Elizabeth to East London arranged by the committee.’
    • ‘They feature our exclusive fully adjustable elastic retention system, which keeps a passenger's head supported in an upright and comfortable position while sleeping in transit.’
    • ‘The tapes for the first week's filming went missing in transit to London.’
    • ‘Behind the fences, one can catch glimpses of seemingly limitless stacks of containers - an immense accumulation of wealth in transit.’
    • ‘‘The real problem is that the food the West pledged is not there, and not yet in transit in the kind of quantities needed,’ he says.’
    • ‘Security firms rather than the banks are also liable for all cash in transit, more than €7m in the last 12 months.’
    • ‘The 18-year-old qualifier was forced to play with a borrowed racket at the start of the tournament after hers were delayed in transit.’
    • ‘Inquiries began after a number of relatively high value benefits books were reported as having been lost in transit and were not received by the those entitled to them.’
    • ‘With urban transportation, higher urban densities are critical in order to allow public transit and walking to be feasible urban transport options.’
    en route, on the journey, during transport, on the way, on the road, on the move, along the road, on the road, in motion
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    1. 1.1North American The conveyance of passengers on public transportation.
      ‘So what precisely would be the difference between a search conducted to protect a library collection and a search to protect myself and my fellow passengers in the public transit system?’
      • ‘He also wants to ease the region's transportation problems by increasing lanes and improving public transit.’
      • ‘In fact I would say foot travel and public transit would be the main ‘losers’ to cycles as it would mainly be relatively short haul trippers who would be impacted.’
      • ‘Traffic congestion and inadequate public transit make this the most polluted metro area in the country.’
      • ‘Experts say that to be successful, public transit must be convenient and inexpensive, making it difficult to impose the types of strict security seen at airports.’
      • ‘Now it's home to a dense, multipurpose, taxpaying business well-served by public transit, which is supposedly what New Urbanists want.’
      • ‘In the sixties, the blue-collar jobs that supported previous generations of urban blacks moved out of town, beyond the reach of public transit.’
      • ‘And most importantly, we always felt safe and comfortable, and we were out sometimes in public transit until close to midnight.’
      • ‘Public transit does not function in this kind of contrived environment.’
      • ‘The chief argument for public transit is that it's necessary for those who can't afford cars.’
      • ‘I am really looking forward to returning this car to my folks and getting back on public transit.’
      • ‘No strategies have been implemented by the municipal government to discourage auto transport and promote public transit.’
      • ‘They may have to provide services such as public transit and education incentives to lure workers to service jobs that an aging population will not be able to fill itself.’
      • ‘One gentleman is so dedicated to locating obscure dispensers that he actually uses city transit to visit remote suburban garage sales.’
      • ‘And finally, since we are encouraging you to walk or take transit when possible, think about pedestrians.’
      • ‘You know, there's so much air time spent in this city on admonishing people to get out of their cars and take transit, cycle or walk.’
      • ‘That's the only way a community can be created where people either take transit to work or walk to work.’
      • ‘Trucking, airline, and public transit workers also participated in the strike.’
      • ‘In San Francisco, far more people ride transit, walk or bike to work than drive.’
      • ‘We try not to contribute by walking or taking public transit.’
  • 2An act of passing through or across a place.

    ‘the first west-to-east transit of the Northwest Passage’
    • ‘a transit airline passenger’
    • ‘The remaining 400,000 were transit - or stopover - passengers.’
    • ‘Those transit passengers are being subjected to more scrutiny, a more careful look being given specifically to their shoes and to their clothes and to their electronics.’
    • ‘One of the special features of the bus terminus is the pedestrian subway connecting all platforms, ensuring safe transit of passengers.’
    • ‘The officials said they have stepped up checks on passengers arriving or making transit stops at the airport.’
    • ‘Although the guide only covers departures, it provides a useful steer on optimum transit times for passengers booking a connecting flight and could influence your choice of airport.’
    • ‘Nor does the Immigration Office know the whereabouts of dozens of foreign transit passengers who get lost at Korean airports every year.’
    • ‘Eventually, transit passengers will be able to visit the Transit Authority web site to see if the route they are taking is running on-schedule, able to make any changes to plans that might be necessary.’
    • ‘The airport's transit area has the legal status of an extraterritorial zone.’
    • ‘The U.S. can impose substantial restrictions on assistance to areas labeled as major drug-producing or transit areas.’
    • ‘At that time, the international transit area was not regarded as French territory.’
    • ‘They will be quarantined at the NAIA transit area and will not be allowed to leave the premises while waiting for their flight to South Korea.’
    • ‘Areas visited included Charles de Gaulle airport, its immigration waiting areas, transit areas, and police and customs holding facilities.’
    1. 2.1Astronomy The passage of an inferior planet across the face of the sun, or of a moon or its shadow across the face of a planet.
      ‘the transits of Mercury across the sun's disc’
      • ‘Besides a couple of eclipses slated for May, sky watchers would witness transits of two planets over the disk of the Sun.’
      • ‘Over a mere five occurrences these transits of Venus had shifted from events of astronomical importance to a sideshow with mere curiosity value.’
      • ‘The transits of the Planet of Love happen in pairs, eight years apart every century.’
      • ‘Certainly this would make sense since Theon was both an observer and a mathematician who had written on astronomical topics such as conjunctions, eclipses, occultations and transits.’
      • ‘Transits of Mercury are more common than transits of Venus, and occur every three to thirteen years.’
      • ‘In particular he was involved with timing the transits of Venus, a subject we discuss in Chapter 13.’
      • ‘The next major figure in the history of transits of Venus was Edmond Halley, of comet fame.’
      • ‘In the nineteenth century, rare transits of Venus across the surface of the Sun were used to prove that Venus was enveloped in an atmosphere.’
      • ‘Many Archetypal Astrologers feel that all major cosmic events, such as eclipses and transits, are actually interactive in the most personal sense.’
      • ‘Only two planets can undergo transits of the Sun: Mercury and Venus.’
      • ‘The first to been seen was in 1639, and the time between transits was later predicted by Edmond Halley (the guy with the comet).’
      • ‘None of the astronomers who witnessed the past five transits of Venus are alive today, but they surely reflected on the rarity of what they saw - a reminder of the brevity of human life.’
      • ‘Six Venus transits have occurred since the invention of the telescope, in 1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874 and 1882.’
      • ‘The story of the transits of Venus begins in 1627, just three years before the death of the German astronomer Johannes Kepler.’
      • ‘Unfortunately because the orbit of Venus is inclined to the earth's orbit by about three and a half degrees, these transits of Venus don't take place very often.’
      • ‘The early transits were actually momentous occasions in the world of astronomy.’
      • ‘The circumstances of the transits of Venus repeat themselves with great exactness after a period of 243 years.’
      • ‘In fact, Venus transits are rare and the last such event happened in 1882.’
      • ‘He proposed using transits of Mercury to determine the distance of the Sun and therefore the scale of the solar system using Kepler's third law.’
      • ‘Anyone who missed it this time will have another chance in eight years time - if they are willing to travel to Australia where another transit of Venus will be visible.’
    2. 2.2Astronomy The apparent passage of a celestial body across the meridian of a place.
    3. 2.3Astrology The passage of a celestial body through a specified sign, house, or area of a chart.
      ‘By the classical era the Sun's transit through the zodiac sign had taken precedence and Virgo became more directly perceived as a Maiden of fruition through the Harvest.’
      • ‘It seems to me like the awful transit of Saturn through Cancer brings much trouble in areas like the home, family, terminal periods of life, health and care, real estate - you know it well.’
      • ‘In the same period transit Saturn in Taurus was making two passes over natal Pluto.’
      • ‘All of my Gemini friends have had some unpleasant experiences with this last transit of Saturn through Gemini.’
      • ‘When this aspect is active by transit, you may be easily irritated and argue at the slightest provocation.’
      • ‘This celestial transit will make you feel highly critical of an ongoing situation in your life.’
  • 3

    (also transit theodolite)
    informal A tool used by surveyors to measure horizontal angles.

    • ‘The pros use a surveying tool called a transit for leveling work like this.’
    • ‘As they began setting it up she recognised it as surveying tools - transit and pole and chain.’
    • ‘For many years, the optical transit was the surveyor's tool of choice to lay out property lines and building sites.’
    • ‘As the Aberdeen ranges were not yet ready, he fired the gun across an empty field and measured the range with a common surveyor's transit.’

transitive verbtransits, transiting, transited

[with object]
  • 1Pass across or through (an area)

    ‘the new large ships will be too big to transit the Panama Canal’
    • ‘No recreational or commercial fishing is allowed, or diving or snorkeling, and vessels transiting the area must stow fishing gear.’
    • ‘Arnold also had to battle geographic commanders who tried to hijack command of assets when they transited their specific areas.’
    • ‘The old man was transiting the Atlantic by ship.’
    • ‘The tags appeared on some high-priority cargo pallets transiting Shannon Airport aboard US-flagged aircraft last summer.’
    • ‘It was concluded also that 100bn cubic metres of natural gas could be transited via Bulgarian territory annually.’
    • ‘In some cases this would mean countries taking back immigrants who were not their own nationals but who may have transited their land.’
    • ‘According to him, there is no information about whether there are clients for the oil that will be transited.’
    • ‘It will be transited via Greece, but the fees that will be asked are not yet clear.’
    • ‘I watched beautiful red-throated divers and the wintering barnacle geese transit the abandoned Isle of Innismurray, a few miles offshore.’
    • ‘It will allow them to transit Jordan on their way to other destinations.’
    • ‘For she was allowed transit the airport even though she had no passport and was carrying a gun.’
    • ‘In other areas as well, aircraft transited the Mediterranean and flew from the Pacific regions into the theater of operations.’
    • ‘Between 20 000 and 22 000 million cubic metres of gas will be transited via the pipeline a year.’
    • ‘This will not apply to people transiting Bulgaria or who will leave the country within 24 hours.’
    • ‘Working day over night, he developed a way to securely to transit the money from the school's bank account to his own hands in cash.’
    • ‘We rendezvoused and transited to the working area.’
    • ‘After the white light transits the measurement cell, a fiber-optic cable collects it and relays it to a spectral distribution system.’
    • ‘It's traditional to wish young people success as they transit from child to adult with the flip of a silk tassel.’
    • ‘The present link, which transits through the Panama Canal, includes port calls at Hong Kong, Shekou, Qingdao and Shanghai.’
    1. 1.1Astronomy (of a planet or other celestial body) pass across (a meridian or the face of another body)
      ‘at the end of February Jupiter transits the meridian’
      • ‘When the planet transits the star, it blocks a small amount of the star's light; it's essentially a miniature solar eclipse.’
      • ‘People won't really see a planet transiting the Sun.’
      • ‘Mercury and Venus are the only planets that orbit closer to the Sun than the Earth, so they are the only planets that can transit the Sun.’
      • ‘During this event, Venus shall transit the face of the sun for about five hours.’
      • ‘More than 200 astronomy enthusiasts gathered at a Ribble Valley observatory for a rare sighting of the planet Mercury transiting the sun.’
      • ‘However, eclipse effects are not usually felt until there is some sort of trigger - a planet transiting over the point, for instance.’
    2. 1.2Astrology (of a celestial body) pass across (a specified sign, house, or area of a chart).
      ‘When Saturn transits the sign of karka or cancer and again when it crosses scorpio or vrischik, the individual will experience the panoti or adhayia of Saturn.’
      • ‘Saturn transits each sign in about 29.5 months and crosses three signs in about 7 and a half years, hence the reference to sadesati.’
      • ‘Of course, there's a saying that when Jupiter transits three signs in a year, there will be lots of floods - and aren't we having that!’
      • ‘Mars is transiting his natal chart in Pisces, the sign of deception, and also in the 11 th house, the house of friends.’
      • ‘With Pluto transiting my 4th house, I can see that a phase of my life has come to a close, but I feel quite paralysed and can't see what changes to make.’


Late Middle English (denoting passage from one place to another): from Latin transitus, from transire ‘go across’.