trans·​po·​lar | \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce transpolar (audio) \

Definition of transpolar

: crossing or extending across either of the polar regions

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Recent Examples on the Web Here, mimicking the first high-Arctic voyage, made in 1893 by Fridtjof Nansen, a Norwegian explorer, her captain fixed her into an ice floe that carried her along at about 7km/h, courtesy of an ocean current called the transpolar drift stream. The Economist, "A floating Arctic laboratory An icebreaker called Polarstern is revealing the Arctic’s secrets," 20 June 2020 Leaving from Tromsø, Norway on September 20, the ship will position itself in the transpolar drift stream and float, trapped in ice for a year, to northern Greenland. Esther Horvath, National Geographic, "Scientists are about to spend a year trapped in Arctic ice," 17 Sep. 2019 China is dreamy-eyed about the prospects of shipping goods from Asia to Europe across the top of Russia, with visions of transpolar shipping dominating its brand-new Arctic strategy., "Putin, Xi are dreaming of a Polar Silk Road," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of transpolar

1850, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jun 2020

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“Transpolar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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