|transit (ˈtrænsɪt, ˈtrænz-)|
|1.||a. the passage or conveyance of goods or people|
|b. (as modifier): a transit visa|
|2.||a change or transition|
|a. the passage of a celestial body or satellite across the face of a relatively larger body as seen from the earth|
|b. the apparent passage of a celestial body across the meridian, caused by the earth's diurnal rotation|
|5.||astrology the passage of a planet across some special point on the zodiac|
|6.||in transit while being conveyed; during passage|
|7.||to make a transit through or over (something)|
|8.||astronomy to make a transit across (a celestial body or the meridian)|
|9.||to cause (the telescope of a surveying instrument) to turn over or (of such a telescope) to be turned over in a vertical plane so that it points in the opposite direction|
|[C15: from Latin transitus a going over, from transīre to pass over; see |
|transit (trān'sĭt) Pronunciation Key
in astronomy, the passage of a relatively small body across the disk of a larger body, usually the Sun or a planet, occulting only a very small area. Mercury and Venus periodically transit the Sun, and a satellite may transit its planet. Compare eclipse.
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