Definition of transmit in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Cause (something) to pass on from one place or person to another.

    ‘knowledge is transmitted from teacher to student’
    • ‘Pavement lights transmit a delicate luminance into the subterranean depths.’
    • ‘It just needed to do one thing, and do it very well: Write and transmit text.’
    • ‘Some, for example, allow ballots to be transmitted by fax.’
    • ‘Before then, Japan had lacked a writing system and stories were transmitted orally.’
    • ‘The tyranny of grammarians in a tradition that sets great store by orally transmitted knowledge is also absolute.’
    transfer, pass on, hand on, communicate, convey, impart, channel, carry, bear, relay, dispatch, mediate
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    1. 1.1 Broadcast or send out (an electrical signal or a radio or television program)
      ‘the program was transmitted on October 7’
      • ‘Based in Lyon, France, it transmits around the world in seven languages.’
      • ‘Certain TV compressions only transmit what moves between frames rather than the whole frame again.’
      • ‘The radios will still transmit Mayday signals and vessel identification data but won't send GPS coordinates.’
      • ‘Panic seized the US capital Wednesday and was transmitted in amplified form to the entire country via the broadcast airwaves.’
      • ‘Today it transmits radio and television broadcasts.’
      • ‘In 1969, the first pictures of Mars were transmitted to earth by the spacecraft Mariner 6.’
      • ‘The state broadcaster has been transmitting the Angelus on television for 40 years and longer on radio.’
      • ‘And this begs the question: is there a way to transmit a signal such that the location of the transmitter cannot be discovered?’
      • ‘The packages have to be very light and the measuring device has to produce an electrical signal which can be transmitted by radio.’
      • ‘Instead, the base station directly transmits the information to the operator.’
      • ‘The race was first transmitted on BBC Radio in 1926.’
      • ‘Morse code was again to be used to transmit the first radio waves across the Atlantic by Marconi in 1901.’
      • ‘These satellites continuously transmit radio signals back to Earth.’
      • ‘From Earth a signal with a very precise frequency is transmitted to the spacecraft, and a transponder aboard the spacecraft sends it back.’
      • ‘So conceivably one image per second could be transmitted to Earth.’
      • ‘Radar signals were transmitted to both Venus and Mercury, as the planets were about to pass behind the Sun.’
      • ‘Multiple wavelengths, or channels, can now be transmitted over long distances operating at 10 Gbps.’
      • ‘He transmitted on all frequencies, but there was no response.’
      • ‘The higher the voltage, the better it transmits over distances.’
      • ‘Some of the data from these and other experiments were transmitted to Earth during Columbia's mission.’
      • ‘The signals are transmitted either by satellite or microwave or by undersea cable.’
      • ‘You get to hear from folks transmitting on other frequencies.’
      broadcast, relay, send out, put on air, put on the air, air, televise, radio, telecast, videocast, podcast, show, publish, emit, wire, beam, pipe, live-stream
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    2. 1.2 Pass on (a disease or trait) to another.
      ‘the infant transmitted the disease to two older children’
    3. 1.3 Allow (heat, light, sound, electricity, or other energy) to pass through a medium.
      ‘the three bones transmit sound waves to the inner ear’
      • ‘This type of detector typically has limited efficiency because some photons are reflected from the front surface and others are transmitted all the way through the tungsten.’
      • ‘A short pulse or wave of electromagnetic radiation is transmitted from the system into the ground.’
      • ‘In that technique, an optical fiber is used to transmit light from a specially coated lens.’
      • ‘The moving electrons transmit electrical energy from one point to another.’
      • ‘According to quantum mechanics, a single photon passing through a beam splitter takes both the reflected and transmitted paths simultaneously.’
      • ‘A sound stimulus generator transmits acoustic energy into the canal while a vacuum pump introduces positive and negative pressures into the ear canal.’
      • ‘A small ear bone called the stirrup that helps transmit sound to the inner ear.’
      • ‘There they became the anvil and the hammer, minute bones that transmit sound from the eardrum to the stirrup bone and, ultimately, to the inner ear.’
      • ‘So supersymmetry relates the particles that transmit forces to the particles that make up matter.’
      • ‘Ideally, the material in your apartment wall reflects the sound waves of your neighbor's loud music away from your living space, or at least transmits them at a much lower level.’
      • ‘During that time, sensor data are wirelessly transmitted from a small device worn on the arm to a pager-like unit with a display.’
      • ‘This top layer would act like a thermal blanket, transmitting solar energy to more pristine layers of snow just a few centimeters beneath.’
      • ‘This is made up of three bones that transmit sound from the eardrum (the tympanic membrane) to the inner ear.’
      • ‘Engineered hardwood floors, laminate floors and ceramic tile floors obviously transmit much more sound than carpet, because they are hard solid surfaces.’
      • ‘Light from a semiconductor laser is transmitted through the atomic vapor.’
      • ‘You don't want every word or sound to be transmitted, do you?’
      • ‘Optic neuritis is due to inflammation of the optic nerve, which transmits light and visual images from the retina to the brain.’
      • ‘Because glass does not transmit infrared radiation very efficiently, refracting telescopes are unsuitable for most kinds of infrared astronomy.’
      • ‘Fiberoptics are unreliable for transmitting the polarization (electric field orientation) of light.’
      • ‘Pascal's principle put more simply, basically means that an incompressible fluid transmits pressure.’
      • ‘As compaction begins, the sensor transmits voltage based on the pressure wave amplitude of the compaction process.’
      • ‘As the ultrasound energy is transmitted through the tissue by the sending crystal, some is dissipated, some refracted, and some reflected back to the receiving crystal.’
      • ‘These enhanced sound waves are then transmitted to the implant and electrodes electromagnetically or through a wired connection.’
    4. 1.4 Communicate or be a medium for (an idea or emotion)
      ‘the theatrical gift of being able to transmit emotion’
      • ‘Oral culture remained of particular importance in transmitting ideas in African communities.’
      • ‘The perception that has been transmitted is one of blasé indifference: independence is a tussle only relevant for those above a certain age.’
      • ‘Is it possible to transmit even really exciting ideas about math or science in the context of a drama?’
      • ‘Gregorian chants would be written to resonate and transmit these subtle energies more clearly.’
      • ‘The medium to transmit this terror can be religion, culture, technology, and ideology.’
      • ‘Any disunity in the staffroom could quickly transmit itself to the classroom and begin to affect the pupils.’
      • ‘The actors in her book, those who are the secondary witnesses, were born after the event hut carry the ache and anxiety and confusion that was transmitted to them intergenerationally.’
      • ‘There seems to be an idea that harm, and responsibility for harm, is transmitted pathologically from generation to generation.’
      • ‘The ones about unmediated experience: the idea that raw emotions are transmitted live.’
      • ‘What is clear is that Strauss took great pains to recruit disciples who could transmit his ideas to future generations of impressionable young philosophers.’
      • ‘The tension and excitement of a packed house can be transmitted into a living room thousands of miles away; likewise, the hollow sound of a few hands clapping can drain the spectacle of all life.’
      • ‘He is a wordsmith, a poet, and yet language fails him; through her singing she is able to transmit meaning and emotion.’
      • ‘Because our ideas and interests are transmitted to other people through the way we communicate, we're more apt to get our needs met if we are effective communicators.’
      • ‘Fortunately, we live in an age with a very powerful, decentralized medium for transmitting ideas: the Internet.’
      • ‘To successfully flirt you need to feel good about yourself before you are able to transmit this ‘feel good’ factor to the opposite sex.’


Late Middle English: from Latin transmittere, from trans- ‘across’ + mittere ‘send’.