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transmit

[trans-mit, tranz-] /trænsˈmɪt, trænz-/
verb (used with object), transmitted, transmitting.
1.
to send or forward, as to a recipient or destination; dispatch; convey.
2.
to communicate, as information or news.
3.
to pass or spread (disease, infection, etc.) to another.
4.
to pass on (a genetic characteristic) from parent to offspring:
The mother transmitted her red hair to her daughter.
5.
Physics.
  1. to cause (light, heat, sound, etc.) to pass through a medium.
  2. to convey or pass along (an impulse, force, motion, etc.).
  3. to permit (light, heat, etc.) to pass through:
    Glass transmits light.
6.
Radio and Television. to emit (electromagnetic waves).
verb (used without object), transmitted, transmitting.
7.
to send a signal by wire, radio, or television waves.
8.
to pass on a right or obligation to heirs or descendants.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English transmitten < Latin trānsmittere to send across, equivalent to trāns- trans- + mittere to send
Related forms
transmittable, transmittible, adjective
nontransmittible, adjective
pretransmit, verb (used with object), pretransmitted, pretransmitting.
retransmit, verb (used with object), retransmitted, retransmitting.
untransmitted, adjective
Synonyms
1. transfer, remit. 2. bear. See carry.
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Examples for transmit
  • People with severely compromised immune systems can transmit the virus for weeks or months.
  • Wilcox of six criminal counts of unlawfully using telecommunications devices to transmit.
  • Conventional radio of this sort cannot, unfortunately, transmit video or web pages.
  • Handling and consuming animal products, such as pork, can transmit some viruses.
  • We use light to transmit information, using fiber optics.
  • Mice can be infected with the influenza virus but do not transmit it.
  • One stressed sovereign can generate instability in financial markets which can transmit stress to other sovereigns.
  • Millions of photoreceptor cells residing in the human retina gather light and transmit signals to the brain.
  • Munch developed a psychologically charged and expressive style to transmit emotional sensation.
  • They can alter your settings and monitor your moves in order to transmit personal information about you to snoops.
British Dictionary definitions for transmit

transmit

/trænzˈmɪt/
verb -mits, -mitting, -mitted
1.
(transitive) to pass or cause to go from one place or person to another; transfer
2.
(transitive) to pass on or impart (a disease, infection, etc)
3.
(transitive) to hand down to posterity
4.
(transitive; usually passive) to pass (an inheritable characteristic) from parent to offspring
5.
to allow the passage of (particles, energy, etc) radio waves are transmitted through the atmosphere
6.
  1. to send out (signals) by means of radio waves or along a transmission line
  2. to broadcast (a radio or television programme)
7.
(transitive) to transfer (a force, motion, power, etc) from one part of a mechanical system to another
Derived Forms
transmittable, transmittible, adjective
transmittal, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin transmittere to send across, from trans- + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for transmit
transmit
c.1400, from L. transmittere "send across, transfer, pass on," from trans- "across" + mittere "to send." Transmitter "apparatus for receiving radio signals" is first attested 1934.
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transmit in Medicine

transmit trans·mit (trāns-mĭt', trānz-)
v. trans·mit·ted, trans·mit·ting, trans·mits

  1. To send from one person, thing, or place to another; convey.

  2. To cause to spread; pass on.

  3. To impart or convey to others by heredity or inheritance; hand down.


trans·mit'ta·ble adj.
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