Meaning of TRANSIT in English


n. & v.


1. the act or process of going, conveying, or being conveyed, esp. over a distance (transit by rail; made a transit of the lake).

2 a passage or route (the overland transit).

3 a the apparent passage of a celestial body across the meridian of a place. b such an apparent passage across the sun or a planet.

4 US the local conveyance of passengers on public routes.

--v. (transited, transiting)

1. tr. make a transit across.

2 intr. make a transit.

Phrases and idioms:

in transit while going or being conveyed. transit camp a camp for the temporary accommodation of soldiers, refugees, etc. transit-circle (or -instrument) an instrument for observing the transit of a celestial body across the meridian. transit-compass (or -theodolite) a surveyor's instrument for measuring a horizontal angle. transit-duty duty paid on goods passing through a country. transit lounge a lounge at an airport for passengers waiting between flights. transit visa a visa allowing only passage through a country.

Etymology: ME f. L transitus f. transire (as TRANSIENT)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.