transit

Transit means “journey,” and saying you’re "in transit" means you’re on your way somewhere. Before we had cell phones, one of the upsides of being in transit was that no one could get in touch with you.

Transit may be familiar to you from the phrase mass transit. While it sometimes seems like “mass transit” is synonymous with “unreliable, crowded and inefficient,” the phrase just means "public transportation." The first instance of transit being used in this sense was in the 19th century, and people have been complaining ever since. Transit is related to the word transition, which refers to a change from one state or condition to another.

Definitions of transit
  1. noun
    a journey usually by ship
    synonyms: passage
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    types:
    lockage
    passage through a lock in a canal or waterway
    type of:
    journey, journeying
    the act of traveling from one place to another
  2. noun
    a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods
    synonyms: transportation, transportation system
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    air transportation system
    a transportation system for moving passengers or goods by air
    highway system
    a transportation system consisting of roads for motor transport
    public transit
    a public transportation system for moving passengers
    short line
    a transportation system that operates over relatively short distances
    telferage, telpherage
    a transportation system in which cars (telphers) are suspended from cables and operated on electricity
    hub-and-spoke, hub-and-spoke system
    a system of air transportation in which local airports offer air transportation to a central airport where long-distance flights are available
    mass rapid transit, rapid transit
    an urban public transit system using underground or elevated trains
    type of:
    facility, installation
    a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
  3. verb
    make a passage or journey from one place to another
    synonyms: move through, pass across, pass over, pass through
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    types:
    cut
    pass through or across
    type of:
    go across, go through, pass
    go across or through
  4. verb
    pass across (a sign or house of the zodiac) or pass across (the disk of a celestial body or the meridian of a place)
    “The comet will transit on September 11”
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    type of:
    go across, go through, pass
    go across or through
  5. verb
    cause or enable to pass through
    “The canal will transit hundreds of ships every day”
    Synonyms:
    move through, pass across, pass over, pass through
    make a passage or journey from one place to another
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    type of:
    bring, convey, take
    take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
  6. noun
    a surveying instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles, consisting of a small telescope mounted on a tripod
    synonyms: theodolite
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    types:
    tacheometer, tachymeter
    a theodolite designed for rapid measurements
    type of:
    surveying instrument, surveyor's instrument
    an instrument used by surveyors
  7. verb
    revolve (the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction
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    type of:
    revolve, roll, trundle
    cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis
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