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  1. passing or extending across a continent: a transcontinental railroad.
  2. on the other, or far, side of a continent.
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Origin of transcontinental

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

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


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


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

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