transcontinental

[trans-kon-tn-en-tl]

Origin of transcontinental

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; trans- + continental
Related formstrans·con·ti·nen·tal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for transcontinental

Contemporary Examples of transcontinental

  • Hannah Hart recently finished a transcontinental tour that linked with other emerging web video artists.

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    YouTube, Netflix, and the Death of Television

    Rich Goldstein

    November 14, 2013

  • Transcontinental rail was a great idea in the 19th century, when it was actually the fastest way to get from point A to Point B.

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    Rails Across America?

    Megan McArdle

    February 5, 2013

  • Then there was that amazing by-product of the Civil War, the Transcontinental Railroad.

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    The Unambitious President

    Kevin Baker

    November 28, 2010

  • The most remarkable fact about the Transcontinental Railroad was how well Americans understood its purpose, and its benefits.

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    The Unambitious President

    Kevin Baker

    November 28, 2010

Historical Examples of transcontinental

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for transcontinental

transcontinental

adjective
  1. crossing a continent
  2. on or from the far side of a continent
Derived Formstranscontinentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for transcontinental
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper