Pronunciation: (tran'sit, -zit), [key]
— n., v., -sit•ed, -sit•ing.
- the act or fact of passing across or through; passage from one place to another.
- conveyance or transportation from one place to another, as of persons or goods, esp., local public transportation:Cf. city transit.
- a transition or change.
- the passage of a heavenly body across the meridian of a given location or through the field of a telescope.
- the passage of Mercury or Venus across the disk of the sun, or of a satellite or its shadow across the face of its primary.
- Seemeridian circle.
- the passage of a planet in aspect to another planet or a specific point in a horoscope.
- Also calledtransit instrument.an instrument, as a theodolite, having a telescope that can be transited, used for measuring horizontal and sometimes vertical angles.
- a repeating transit theodolite.
- (cap.) one of a series of satellites for providing positional data to ships and aircraft.
- to pass across or through.
- to turn (the telescope of a transit) in a vertical plane in order to reverse direction; plunge.
- to cross (a meridian, celestial body, etc.).
- to pass over or through something; make a transit.
- to make a transit across a meridian, celestial body, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.