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[trans-kon-tn-en-tl] /ˌtræns kɒn tnˈɛn tl/
passing or extending across a continent:
a transcontinental railroad.
on the other, or far, side of a continent.
Origin of transcontinental
1850-55, Americanism; trans- + continental
Related forms
transcontinentally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for transcontinental
  • The value of a really great student to the country is equal to half a dozen grain elevators or a new transcontinental railway.
  • The transcontinental delivery system was marvelous in its simplicity.
  • Willow's transcontinental exploits during the past five years are a mystery.
  • It has nothing resembling a transcontinental motorway.
  • So too is the transcontinental development of roads, railways and pipelines, laid at a dizzying pace.
  • Creating a transcontinental wireless operator seems to make sense.
  • Of course, this would not work for transcontinental flights.
  • The transcontinental railroads, for instance, got a crucial boost from a federal land grant program.
  • It's a glorious morning in my transcontinental railway journey.
  • Jet lag is a natural side effect of long-distance transcontinental flight.
British Dictionary definitions for transcontinental


crossing a continent
on or from the far side of a continent
Derived Forms
transcontinentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for transcontinental

1853 (in transcontinental railroad), American English, from trans- + continental.

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