trans·​oce·​an·​ic | \ ˌtran(t)s-ˌō-shē-ˈa-nik How to pronounce transoceanic (audio) , ˌtranz- \

Definition of transoceanic

1 : crossing or extending across the ocean a transoceanic telephone cable
2 : lying or dwelling beyond the ocean

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Recent Examples on the Web Mobile phones arrived, but the early ones functioned only at home; travelers hacked the problem by swapping out SIM cards as their transoceanic flights touched down. Elisabeth Eaves, Wired, "The Pandemic Closed Borders—and Stirred a Longing for Home," 1 Oct. 2020 The only way to know for sure is to collect and sequence lots more hornets from across their native ranges, to get a better picture of their family tree and which branches are potential launching pads for a transoceanic journey. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Inside the Sprint to Map the Murder Hornet Genome," 24 Aug. 2020 As the world pulls up its drawbridges during a time of pandemic and questions the merits of globalization, Malacca is a reminder that such transoceanic exchange has a long history of bringing both promise and peril. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "500 Years Ago, This Port Linked East to West. Its Fate Was to Fade Away.," 11 Apr. 2020 This tension between connecting to Europe or to the transoceanic world has been a factor in British government and foreign policy for centuries. Conrad Black, National Review, "The Roots of Brexit," 9 Sep. 2019 Like Concorde, Boom's aircraft will only fly at supersonic speeds on transoceanic routes, while cruising at subsonic speeds over land. Howard Slutsken, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Competition to Bring Back Supersonic Flight Is Heating Up," 28 Aug. 2019 The other thing that killed the Concorde was the 1973 ban on supersonic travel over the United States, which limited the planes to transoceanic travel. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Supersonic Airliners Are About to Take Off. Again.," 7 Jan. 2019 In 1929 The Grand Banks earthquake struck the edge of Newfoundland, triggering undersea landslides that snapped 12 transoceanic telegraph cables. Rob Goodier, Popular Mechanics, "How Climate Change Could Break the Internet," 19 July 2018 Sometimes, that level of service is reflected in the airfare, with transoceanic business-class tickets topping $10,000 in some cases. Fortune, "How to Fly the World’s Best Business Class for Less Than Coach," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of transoceanic

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Transoceanic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of transoceanic

: crossing the ocean

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