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tran·sit  audio  (trnst, -zt) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The act of passing over, across, or through; passage.
    1. Conveyance of people or goods from one place to another, especially on a local public transportation system.
    2. The system or vehicles used for such conveyance.
  2. A transition or change, as to a spiritual existence at death.
  3. Astronomy
    1. The passage of a celestial body across the observer's meridian.
    2. The passage of a smaller celestial body or its shadow across the disk of a larger celestial body.
  4. A surveying instrument similar to a theodolite that measures horizontal and vertical angles.
VERB:
tran·sit·ed, tran·sit·ing, tran·sits
VERB:
tr.
  1. To pass over, across, or through: aircraft transiting the United States and Canada.
  2. To revolve (the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction.
VERB:
intr.
Astronomy
To make a transit.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English transite, from Latin trnsitus, from past participle of trnsre, to go across ; see transient


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