[trans-oh-shee-an-ik, tranz-]


extending across or traversing the ocean: a transoceanic cable.
situated or living beyond the ocean: transoceanic peoples.

Origin of transoceanic

First recorded in 1820–30; trans- + oceanic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trans-oceanic

Contemporary Examples of trans-oceanic

  • For some time, pressure has been building on international airlines to provide cellphone service on trans-oceanic flights.

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    The Parcel Bombers' Direct Hit

    Clive Irving

    October 31, 2010

Historical Examples of trans-oceanic

British Dictionary definitions for trans-oceanic



on or from the other side of an ocean
crossing an ocean
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Word Origin and History for trans-oceanic

1827, "situated across the ocean," from trans- + oceanic. Meaning "passing over the sea" is recorded from 1868.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper