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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Recent Examples on the Web The completion of the transcontinental railroad also left many laborers in need of jobs. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "The Forgotten History of the Purging of Chinese from America," 22 Apr. 2021 The Western Maryland Railway reached Westminster in 1861 and New Windsor and Union Bridge in 1862, but the transcontinental railroad, completed by 1869, allowed men to ride the rails clear across the country — legally or illegally. Austin Hewitt,, "Yesteryears: By any name, some of the many riding the rails and traveling the country wound up in Carroll County, often at the almshouse," 9 Apr. 2021 In one fascinating coincidence, both the canal and the U.S. transcontinental railroad were complete in 1869. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Biz Stone and Mark Cuban are backing an Instagram for NFTs," 31 Mar. 2021 Shen said Asian immigrants in the United States have a long history of working under perilous conditions, including Chinese laborers who died by the hundreds while building the transcontinental railroad during the 19th century., "Rally along Marathon route denounces racism against Asian people," 27 Mar. 2021 Visually, these petite PCs looked woefully undersized for the job, like a tiny tugboat paired with a massive transcontinental cargo freighter. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Incredibly light, agile and portable: Small laptops are hitting above their weight class," 31 Mar. 2021 Gone are the quiet, uninterrupted hours flying transcontinental first class. Washington Post, "One year in, these grounded frequent fliers want back up in the air," 10 Mar. 2021 Those two classes—transcontinental commuters with ranges between 3,000 and 4,100 nautical miles—typically have 6 to 10 seats, though usually only a few will convert to beds. Daniel Bachmann, Robb Report, "This New Private Jet Design Converts Every Seat Into a Spacious Bed," 7 Mar. 2021 Historically, the company exercised those rights by operating the transcontinental Sunset Limited for years before the service was disrupted after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the region in 2005. al, "Amtrak official: Gulf Coast service starting in 2022," 24 Feb. 2021

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Transcontinental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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