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Faulty; culpable; apt to transgress. Brown.


By transgressing.


One who breaks a law or violates a command; one who violates any known rule or principle of rectitude; a sinner. The way of transgressors is hard. Prov. xiii.

TRAN-SHIP', v.t. [trans and ship.]

To convey from one ship to another; a commercial word.


The act of transferring, as goods, from one ship to another.


Carried from one ship to another.


Carrying from one ship to another.

TRAN-SIENT, a. [tran'shent; L. transiens, transeo; trans and eo.]

  1. Passing; not stationary; hence, of short duration; not permanent; not lasting or durable. How transient are the pleasures of this life! Measur'd this transient world. Milton.
  2. Hasty; momentary; imperfect; as, a transient view of a landscape. Transient person, a person that is passing or traveling through a place; one without a settled habitation.

TRAN'SIENT-LY, adv. [supra.]

In passage; for a short time; not with continuance. I touch here but transiently – on some few of those many rules of imitating nature, which Aristotle drew from Homer. Dryden.

TRAN'SIENT-NESS, n. [supra.]

Shortness of continuance; speedy passage.

TRAN-SIL'I-ENCE, or TRAN-SIL'I-EN-CY, n. [L. transiliens, transilio; trans and salio.]

A leap from thing to thing. [Not much used.] Glanville.

TRANS'IT, n. [L. transitus, from transeo.]

  1. A passing; a passing over or through; conveyance; as, the transit of goods through a country.
  2. In astronomy, the passing of one heavenly body over the disk of another and larger. I witnessed the transit of Venus over the sun's disk, June 3, 1769. When a smaller body passes behind a larger, it is said to suffer an occultation.
  3. The passage of one heavenly body over the meridian of another.

TRANS'IT, v.t.

To pass over the disk of a heavenly body. Cyc.


A duty paid on goods that pass through a country.


Passed over the disk of a heavenly body.

TRAN-SI'TION, n. [transizh'on; L. transitio.]

  1. Passage from one place or state to another; change; as, the transition of the weather from hot to cold. Sudden transitions are sometimes attended with evil effects. The spots are of the same color throughout, there being an immediate transition from white to black. Woodward.
  2. In rhetoric, a passing from one subject to another. This should be done by means of some connection in the parts of the discourse, so as to appear natural and easy. He with transition sweet new speech resumes. Milton.
  3. In music, a change of key from major to minor, or the contrary; or in short, a change from any one genus or key to another; also, the softening of a disjunct interval by the introduction of intermediate sounds. Cyc. Busby. Transition rocks, in geology, rocks supposed to have been formed when the world was passing from an uninhabitable to a habitable state. These rocks contain few organic remains, and when they occur with others, lie immediately over those which contain none, and which are considered as primitive. Werner. Cyc.


Containing or denoting transition.


  1. Having the power of passing. Bacon.
  2. In grammar, a transitive verb is one which is or may be followed by an object; a verb expressing an action which passes from the agent to an object, from the subject which does, to the object on which it is done. Thus, “Cicero wrote letters to Atticus.” In this sentence, the act of writing, performed by Cicero, the agent, terminates on letters, the object. All verbs not passive, may be arranged in two classes, transitive and intransitive. In English, this division is correct and complete.


In a transitive manner.


State of being transitive.

TRANS'IT-O-RI-LY, adv. [See Transitory.]

With short continuance.


A passing with short continuance; speedy departure or evanescence. Who is not convinced of the transitoriness of all sublunary happiness?

TRANS'IT-O-RY, a. [L. transitorius.]

  1. Passing without continuance; continuing a short time; fleeting; speedily vanishing. O Lord, comfort and succor all them who, in this transitory life, are in trouble. Com. Prayer.
  2. In law, a transitory action, is one which may be brought in any county, as actions for debt, detinue, slander and the like. It is opposed to local. Blackstone.

TRANS-LA'TA-BLE, a. [from translate.]

Capable of being translated or rendered into another language.

TRANS-LATE, v.t. [L. translatus, from transfero; trans, over, and fero, to bear; Sp. trasladar; It. traslatare.]

  1. To hear, carry or remove from one place to another. It is applied to the removal of a bishop from one see to another. The bishop of Rochester, when the king would have translated him to a better bishoprick, refused. Camden.
  2. To remove or convey to heaven, as a human being, without death. By faith Enoch was translated, that he should not see death. Heb. xvi.
  3. To transfer; to convey from one to another. 2 Sam. iii.
  4. To cause to remove from one part of the body to another; as, to translate a disease.
  5. To change. Happy is your grace, / That can translate the stubbornness of fortune / Into so quiet and so sweet a style. Shak.
  6. To interpret; to render into another language; to express the sense of one language in the words of another. The Old Testament was translated into the Greek language more than two hundred years before Christ. The Scriptures are now translated into most of the languages of Europe and Asia.
  7. To explain.