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 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 Bei Bei’s sister Bao Bao, born in America, made a transoceanic voyage to China this past February. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Bei Bei the Panda Cub Celebrates his Second Birthday in Style," 23 Aug. 2017 During the 1960s, in the realm of shipping of transoceanic freight, SRI innovators developed container shipping. Shirley Burgett, The Mercury News, "Matters Historical: The slow establishment of SRI in Menlo Park," 6 June 2017 Few Balkan countries beyond Croatia and Greece can entice transoceanic travelers as stand-alone destinations at the moment but, collectively, places like Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania can make for a wildly fascinating itinerary. Tim Neville, New York Times, "Skiing Kosovo, Abandoned Lifts and All," 24 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of transoceanic

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Transoceanic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of transoceanic

: crossing the ocean

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