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 Canada is one of the greatest examples of the influence of railways, and its last remaining transcontinental train is a celebration of the country's breathtaking landscapes. Ben Jones, CNN, 9 May 2022 Further complicating things is that Russia, Turkey, and other countries are transcontinental, located in both Europe and Asia. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 13 Apr. 2022 The ease of new transcontinental train travel brought thousands of prospective Angelenos here. Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 The Nigerian writer, poet, and playwright has since the 1960s repeatedly called for use of Swahili as the transcontinental language for Africa. John M. Mugane, Quartz, 5 Apr. 2022 Other direct transcontinental flights from Phoenix include British Airways service to London's Heathrow Airport. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 29 Mar. 2022 Making transoceanic and transcontinental shipping cheap and reliable meant manufacturing could move to wherever wages were lowest. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 26 Mar. 2022 Gollan says that some of his subscribers belong to two programs, one for short-haul flights and the other for transcontinental travel. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 24 Feb. 2022 Russia is a transcontinental behemoth with 146 million people and a huge nuclear arsenal, as well as a key supplier of the oil, gas and raw materials that keep the world’s factories running. New York Times, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of transcontinental

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Transcontinental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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