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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
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; trans- + continental
Related forms
transcontinentally, adverb Unabridged
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  • Louisville and transcontinental was the one stock about which I did know something.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They were seated now in the conference room of transcontinental Airways.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • Thoughtfully the president of the great transcontinental Lines looked at it.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • It was the great transcontinental Airways that had suffered most repeatedly.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • Our transcontinental journey this evening ended at the Golden Gate.

    Five Hundred Dollars Heman White Chaplin
  • And we made most of the transcontinental trip on brake beams.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
British Dictionary definitions for transcontinental


crossing a continent
on or from the far side of a continent
Derived Forms
transcontinentally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for transcontinental

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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