Definition of transmit in US English:


verbtransmitted, transmitting, transmits

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

    ‘knowledge is transmitted from teacher to student’
    • ‘The tyranny of grammarians in a tradition that sets great store by orally transmitted knowledge is also absolute.’
    • ‘It just needed to do one thing, and do it very well: Write and transmit text.’
    • ‘Before then, Japan had lacked a writing system and stories were transmitted orally.’
    • ‘Some, for example, allow ballots to be transmitted by fax.’
    • ‘Pavement lights transmit a delicate luminance into the subterranean depths.’
    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’
      • ‘You get to hear from folks transmitting on other frequencies.’
      • ‘The higher the voltage, the better it transmits over distances.’
      • ‘The radios will still transmit Mayday signals and vessel identification data but won't send GPS coordinates.’
      • ‘These satellites continuously transmit radio signals back to Earth.’
      • ‘The signals are transmitted either by satellite or microwave or by undersea cable.’
      • ‘Panic seized the US capital Wednesday and was transmitted in amplified form to the entire country via the broadcast airwaves.’
      • ‘In 1969, the first pictures of Mars were transmitted to earth by the spacecraft Mariner 6.’
      • ‘Instead, the base station directly transmits the information to the operator.’
      • ‘Some of the data from these and other experiments were transmitted to Earth during Columbia's mission.’
      • ‘The packages have to be very light and the measuring device has to produce an electrical signal which can be transmitted by radio.’
      • ‘So conceivably one image per second could be transmitted to Earth.’
      • ‘Based in Lyon, France, it transmits around the world in seven languages.’
      • ‘The state broadcaster has been transmitting the Angelus on television for 40 years and longer on radio.’
      • ‘From Earth a signal with a very precise frequency is transmitted to the spacecraft, and a transponder aboard the spacecraft sends it back.’
      • ‘The race was first transmitted on BBC Radio in 1926.’
      • ‘He transmitted on all frequencies, but there was no response.’
      • ‘Certain TV compressions only transmit what moves between frames rather than the whole frame again.’
      • ‘Today it transmits radio and television broadcasts.’
      • ‘Radar signals were transmitted to both Venus and Mercury, as the planets were about to pass behind the Sun.’
      • ‘And this begs the question: is there a way to transmit a signal such that the location of the transmitter cannot be discovered?’
      • ‘Multiple wavelengths, or channels, can now be transmitted over long distances operating at 10 Gbps.’
      • ‘Morse code was again to be used to transmit the first radio waves across the Atlantic by Marconi in 1901.’
      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’
      • ‘During that time, sensor data are wirelessly transmitted from a small device worn on the arm to a pager-like unit with a display.’
      • ‘The moving electrons transmit electrical energy from one point to another.’
      • ‘In that technique, an optical fiber is used to transmit light from a specially coated lens.’
      • ‘As compaction begins, the sensor transmits voltage based on the pressure wave amplitude of the compaction process.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pascal's principle put more simply, basically means that an incompressible fluid transmits pressure.’
      • ‘This top layer would act like a thermal blanket, transmitting solar energy to more pristine layers of snow just a few centimeters beneath.’
      • ‘Fiberoptics are unreliable for transmitting the polarization (electric field orientation) of light.’
      • ‘So supersymmetry relates the particles that transmit forces to the particles that make up matter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You don't want every word or sound to be transmitted, do you?’
      • ‘Light from a semiconductor laser is transmitted through the atomic vapor.’
      • ‘This is made up of three bones that transmit sound from the eardrum (the tympanic membrane) 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.’
      • ‘These enhanced sound waves are then transmitted to the implant and electrodes electromagnetically or through a wired connection.’
      • ‘Optic neuritis is due to inflammation of the optic nerve, which transmits light and visual images from the retina to the brain.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘According to quantum mechanics, a single photon passing through a beam splitter takes both the reflected and transmitted paths simultaneously.’
      • ‘A small ear bone called the stirrup that helps transmit sound 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.’
      • ‘A sound stimulus generator transmits acoustic energy into the canal while a vacuum pump introduces positive and negative pressures into the ear canal.’
      • ‘Because glass does not transmit infrared radiation very efficiently, refracting telescopes are unsuitable for most kinds of infrared astronomy.’
      • ‘A short pulse or wave of electromagnetic radiation is transmitted from the system into the ground.’
    4. 1.4 Communicate or be a medium for (an idea or emotion)
      ‘the theatrical gift of being able to transmit emotion’
      • ‘What is clear is that Strauss took great pains to recruit disciples who could transmit his ideas to future generations of impressionable young philosophers.’
      • ‘Fortunately, we live in an age with a very powerful, decentralized medium for transmitting ideas: the Internet.’
      • ‘Gregorian chants would be written to resonate and transmit these subtle energies more clearly.’
      • ‘The ones about unmediated experience: the idea that raw emotions are transmitted live.’
      • ‘He is a wordsmith, a poet, and yet language fails him; through her singing she is able to transmit meaning and emotion.’
      • ‘The perception that has been transmitted is one of blasé indifference: independence is a tussle only relevant for those above a certain age.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There seems to be an idea that harm, and responsibility for harm, is transmitted pathologically from generation to generation.’
      • ‘Oral culture remained of particular importance in transmitting ideas in African communities.’
      • ‘Is it possible to transmit even really exciting ideas about math or science in the context of a drama?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To successfully flirt you need to feel good about yourself before you are able to transmit this ‘feel good’ factor to the opposite sex.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Any disunity in the staffroom could quickly transmit itself to the classroom and begin to affect the pupils.’
      • ‘The medium to transmit this terror can be religion, culture, technology, and ideology.’


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