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

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Why did the fox take such an extreme, transcontinental journey in the first place? Megan Specia,, "An arctic fox’s epic journey: Norway to Canada in 76 days," 2 July 2019 Alaska has been transitioning its Boeing 737s into many of the former Virgin transcontinental routes between California and the East Coast. Justin Bachman, Anchorage Daily News, "Virgin America vanishes into Alaska Airlines - along with Branson’s US dream," 4 June 2019 Airlines are embroiled in a fare war, with the number of seats on transcontinental routes at an all-time high. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Flying Coast-to-Coast Nonstop Has Rarely Been Cheaper," 8 May 2019 Seattle was served by four transcontinental lines, all with passenger trains. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "America’s railroad blues are self-inflicted wounds," 10 Feb. 2018 Several of the top 20 players in the world committed while there was still snow on the ground, apparently undaunted by the transcontinental trek to central Connecticut. Chris Brodeur,, "Is TPC River Highlands a cushy landing spot for PGA pros after the grind of a U.S. Open? It’s not that simple," 18 June 2019 What the film is about: A documentary that captures the transcontinental journey of the eastern monarch butterflies on their epic migration from the forested shores of Southern Canada to the rare and ancient oyamel fir trees of Central Mexico. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Ready for takeoff? Here's your first look at the 2019 Flyover Film Festival in Louisville," 16 June 2019 When the transcontinental Sunset Limited last operated three-days-a-week voyages along the Gulf Coast 14 years ago, on-time performances and ridership numbers were both poor and stops into Mobile were often made late in the night., "Rail advocates contend new Gulf Coast Amtrak service isn’t the Sunset Limited," 11 June 2019 By the time the facility opened, transcontinental air traffic had become accessible and the automobile had gained more prominence. San Diego Union-Tribune, "At 80, Union Station tries to reinvent itself for a rail future," 21 May 2019

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First Known Use of transcontinental

1853, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of transcontinental

: going across a continent


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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