Transit

Definition of Transit

Trans´it
n.1.The act of passing; passage through or over.
In France you are now . . . in the transit from one form of government to another.
- Burke.
2.The act or process of causing to pass; conveyance; as, the transit of goods through a country.
3.A line or route of passage or conveyance; as, the Nicaragua transit.
4.(Astron.) The passage of a heavenly body over the meridian of a place, or through the field of a telescope.
5.An instrument resembling a theodolite, used by surveyors and engineers; - called also transit compass, and surveyor's transit.
Lower transit
(Astron.) the passage of a heavenly body across that part of the meridian which is below the polar axis.
Surveyor's transit
See Transit, 5, above.
Transit circle
(Astron.) a transit instrument with a graduated circle attached, used for observing the time of transit and the declination at one observation. See Circle, n., 3.
Transit compass
See Transit, 5, above.
Transit duty
a duty paid on goods that pass through a country.
Transit instrument
a - (Astron.) A telescope mounted at right angles to a horizontal axis, on which it revolves with its line of collimation in the plane of the meridian, - used in connection with a clock for observing the time of transit of a heavenly body over the meridian of a place.
b - (Surv.) A surveyor's transit. See Transit, 5, above.
Transit trade
(Com.) the business conected with the passage of goods through a country to their destination.
Upper transit
(Astron.) the passage of a heavenly body across that part of the meridian which is above the polar axis.
v. t.1.(Astron.) To pass over the disk of (a heavenly body).

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