transcontinental

adjective
trans·​con·​ti·​nen·​tal | \ˌtran(t)s-ˌkän-tə-ˈnen-tᵊl, ˌtranz-\

Definition of transcontinental 

: extending or going across a continent a transcontinental railroad

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The continent was crisscrossed with transcontinental roads and trails that connected indigenous communities between what is now called Canada and the more southern landscapes from which this current 2018 migration began. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "What If There Were No Borders?," 30 Nov. 2018 Once the transcontinental railroad arrived in Los Angeles, the resulting land boom brought with it the first subdivision of the land. Scott Garner, latimes.com, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Chatsworth keeps one foot in the Old West," 25 May 2018 Twice, in 1860 and 1861, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bills to build a transcontinental railroad, which the Senate twice refused. Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "New NASA Chief Sees Moon Missions Building a 'Railroad' to Mars," 9 May 2018 Managing the effects of travel, time changes and fatigue on athletes has become an area of increasing emphasis in U.S. professional sports, where transcontinental trips spanning multiple time zones are common. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Galaxy faces extra challenge in trip to Montreal," 20 May 2018 Airline executives said the new aircraft would expand the reach of the smaller aircraft in JetBlue’s fleet, allowing them to take transcontinental U.S. flights while burning 40% less fuel per seat. Robert Wall, WSJ, "JetBlue to Order 60 Airbus CSeries Jets," 10 July 2018 United is rolling out its Polaris-brand international business cabins with lie-flat seats and direct access to the aisle, while American added sit-down dining in its lounges for people holding first-class international and transcontinental tickets. Michael Sasso, chicagotribune.com, "Delta shows targeting the wealthy is a winning strategy," 2 May 2018 United is rolling out its Polaris-brand international business cabins with lie-flat seats and direct access to the aisle, while American added sit-down dining in its lounges for people holding first-class international and transcontinental tickets. Michael Sasso, Bloomberg.com, "Delta Airfares Show Targeting the Wealthy Is a Winning Strategy," 2 May 2018 On May 10, 1869, the transcontinental railroad linked America from east to west for the first time in history. Irene Hsu, The New Republic, "The Echoes of Chinese Exclusion," 28 June 2018

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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transcontinental

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of transcontinental

: going across a continent

transcontinental

adjective
trans·​con·​ti·​nen·​tal | \ˌtrans-ˌkän-tə-ˈnen-tᵊl \

Kids Definition of transcontinental

: crossing, extending across, or being on the farther side of a continent

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