AskDefine | Define emit

Dictionary Definition



1 expel (gases or odors) [syn: breathe, pass off]
2 give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.; "The ozone layer blocks some harmful rays which the sun emits" [syn: give out, give off] [ant: absorb]
3 express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand" [syn: utter, let out, let loose] [also: emitting, emitted]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To send out or give off.

Derived terms


to send out or give off




  1. Plural of emi

Extensive Definition

Emit may refer to:
  • Emit, North Carolina, an unincorporated community
  • Em:t Records, a British record label that specializes in ambient music. Technically the name has a colon in place of the letter "I", but it is pronounced (and often erroneously written) like the common word "emit".
  • Cornish derogatory slang for a tourist or newcomer, especially one that has a second home or attempts to drive inappropriately large cars around country lanes or villages. This derives from the Cornish word for 'ant'. Pronounced Em-mit rather than e-MIT.
  • EMIT or Enzyme Multiplied Immunoassay Technique, a common drug test
  • Emission
  • EMIT (corporation), Norwegian timing equipment manufactor

See also

  • Emmet - Cornish slangterm for Tourist. Sometimes spelt Emmit/Emit.
  • Emitter

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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