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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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 In 1885, the Santa Fe Railroad arrived in Los Angeles, sparking a competition with the Southern Pacific that drove transcontinental fares down to just $1. Steve Carney, latimes.com, "Architecture Spotlight: Victorian is a stately, though needy, grande dame," 16 June 2018 American Airlines built a carry-on pet compartment into the first-class cabin of its Airbus A321T jets used for transcontinental trips between New York and both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "On Your Next Trip, Leave the Pets at Home," 20 Mar. 2018 The decision is a boost for Murdoch’s second attempt to buy Sky, now a key part of a transcontinental contest for scale between Walt Disney Co. and Comcast. Joe Mayes, latimes.com, "Fox gets British approval to buy Sky if it sells Sky News," 5 June 2018 Chinese laborers, imported to build the western side of the transcontinental railroad, are seen as a threat when the railroad is finished and the post-Civil War depression of the 1870s drives up white unemployment. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: A New Film Investigates the Time America Banned an Entire Race," 28 May 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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