trans·​con·​ti·​nen·​tal ˌtran(t)s-ˌkän-tə-ˈnen-tᵊl How to pronounce transcontinental (audio)
: extending or going across a continent
a transcontinental railroad

Examples of transcontinental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Friday morning program features speakers, including Bonnie Fletcher, a fourth-generation descendant of Col. Ed Fletcher, whose efforts brought a transcontinental highway to San Diego 100 years ago. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Oct. 2023 Many of the migrants have traveled for months from South America and beyond, crossing oceans, jungles, mountains, cities and deserts in a transcontinental odyssey. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 With seating up to 11 occupants, the HondaJet Echelon will be the first single-pilot light jet capable of transcontinental flight. Daniel Cote, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2024 Premium Plus United's international and transcontinental premium economy section feels a lot like domestic first class. Eric Rosen, Travel + Leisure, 30 July 2023 Signed into law by President Chester Alan Arthur in 1882, the law prohibited nearly all immigration from China after several decades of relying on Chinese workers for hard jobs such as building the transcontinental railroad. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, 11 Mar. 2024 Buchman says that a transcontinental US flight, for example, might use anything between one and all five of the Viasat satellites positioned nearest North America. Julia Buckley, CNN, 9 Mar. 2024 In Old Sacramento State Historic Park, field-trippers visit the California State Railroad Museum to learn about how locomotives changed the West dramatically, delivering settlers and increasing transcontinental trade. Chelsee Lowe, Travel + Leisure, 25 Feb. 2024 In my battery optimistic scenario, the sky is the limit, with the potential for transcontinental electric flights. Michael Barnard, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of transcontinental was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Transcontinental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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trans·​con·​ti·​nen·​tal ˌtran(t)s-ˌkänt-ᵊn-ˈent-ᵊl How to pronounce transcontinental (audio)
: extending or going across a continent
a transcontinental flight

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