What does the word transitive mean?

Usage examples for transitive

  1. A relation is said to be transitive, if, whenever it holds between A and B and also between B and C, it holds between A and C. Thus before, after, greater, above are transitive. – Our Knowledge of the External World as a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
  2. When a noise was to be heard in a far distance, the man who first perceived it might well have said I ring, for his ears were sounding and ringing; and the same verb, if once used as a transitive, expressed exactly what we mean by I hear a noise. – Lectures on The Science of Language by Max Müller
  3. All transitive verbs and some intransitive verbs require one or more words to complete the meaning of the predicate. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks