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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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  • Occasionally, too, the transcontinental storms are driven north or south of their accustomed paths.

    Reading the Weather Thomas Morris Longstreth
  • Our transcontinental journey this evening ended at the Golden Gate.

    Five Hundred Dollars Heman White Chaplin
  • transcontinental railways appealed to him as a public necessity.

    The Real Jefferson Davis Landon Knight
  • Louisville and transcontinental was the one stock about which I did know something.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And she was still searching for him when he had met her that night on the transcontinental!

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone James Oliver Curwood
  • They were seated now in the conference room of transcontinental Airways.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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