transcontinental

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

Definition of transcontinental

: extending or going across a continent a transcontinental railroad

Examples of transcontinental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hirsute laborers toiling on the transcontinental railroad swear by its power to fuzz your noodle. Evan Waite, The New Yorker, "Dr. Clifton’s Fantastical Miracle Elixir Return Policy," 19 May 2020 Also on this day: 1865: Confederate President Jefferson Davis is captured by Union forces in Irwinville, Ga. 1869: A golden spike is driven in Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States. Fox News, "This Day in History: May 10," 10 May 2020 But as the coronavirus’s transcontinental romp approaches its fifth month, leaders and researchers are openly asking whether going for herd immunity the old-fashioned way might be better than waiting for a vaccine. Melissa Healystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Could a ‘controlled avalanche’ stop the coronavirus faster, and with fewer deaths?," 25 Apr. 2020 On top of its own debt burden, China is being forced to restructure the debts owed to it by struggling neighbors, particularly those arising from its $1 trillion Belt and Road transcontinental trade and infrastructure initiative. Charlie Campbell / Shanghai, Time, "‘How Can I Get Through This?’ The Impact of Coronavirus on China's Economy Is Only Just Beginning," 21 Apr. 2020 And what better way to achieve that than a transcontinental road trip? Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "Bucket-list Road Trips for Every Decade of Your Life," 6 Apr. 2020 The Pacific Railway Act financed the transcontinental railroad and further opened up the western territories to white settlement. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, "Abraham Lincoln’s Radical Moderation," 12 Mar. 2020 That strategy is particularly effective on transcontinental or transatlantic trips. Washington Post, "How you can reduce your carbon footprint when you travel," 27 Nov. 2019 Also on this day: 1911: Aviator Calbraith P. Rodgers arrives in Pasadena, Calif., completing the first transcontinental airplane trip in 49 days. Fox News, "This Day in History: Nov. 5," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of transcontinental

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Transcontinental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transcontinental. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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transcontinental

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English Language Learners Definition of transcontinental

: going across a continent

transcontinental

adjective
trans·​con·​ti·​nen·​tal | \ ˌtrans-ˌkän-tə-ˈnen-tᵊl How to pronounce transcontinental (audio) \

Kids Definition of transcontinental

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

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