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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The transcontinental railroad eased overland travel and the California Gold Rush accelerated population growth. Melissa Hendrickson, Smithsonian, "What Do Bovids, Bridges and the West Have to Do With American Art?," 5 Aug. 2019 In 1914, transcontinental telephone service in the US became operational with the first test conversation between New York and San Francisco., "This day in history," 29 July 2019 The train started and will end its journey through middle America in Cheyenne, Wyoming, as part of Union Pacific’s 150th-anniversary celebration of the transcontinental railroad. Alexa Buechler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Train enthusiasts gather to see the world's largest steam engine arrive at Wauwatosa's Butler Yard," 25 July 2019 The 133-foot-long Big Boy No. 4014 is part of Union Pacific’s tour to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad. USA TODAY, "Big butter sculpture, sweet guitar, owl released: News from around our 50 states," 24 July 2019 Officials with the Southern Rail Commission said that the new Gulf Coast Amtrak service will be regional, and not transcontinental like the previous Gulf Coast service provided by the Sunset Limited., "Gulf Coast rail advocates detail Amtrak return plan: ‘Will bring people to your front door’," 12 July 2019 As an American endeavor outside of war, Apollo’s only true rivals are the construction of the transcontinental railroad and the building of the Panama Canal. David Shribman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: 50 years after Apollo 11, the moon’s allure still resonates," 11 July 2019 Researchers recorded the transcontinental movements of the young arctic fox with a satellite tracking device on its collar. Fox News, "Arctic fox goes on epic 2,000-mile journey from Norway to Canada, leaving scientists stunned," 3 July 2019 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

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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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