Definition of transcontinental in English:


Line breaks: trans|con¦tin|en¦tal
Pronunciation: /ˌtranzkɒntɪˈnɛnt(ə)l
, trɑːnz-, -ns-/


  • 1(Especially of a railway line) crossing a continent.
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    • The third and most challenging joint air defense undertaking of the 1950s was the construction of a transcontinental line along the 70th parallel about 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
    • The post-Civil War expansion of the railroad network - including the construction of the first transcontinental lines - enabled entrepreneurs to establish national corporations.
    • The latest low-fare carrier to add coast-to-coast service is America West, which began its fourth transcontinental route Monday with Boston-San Francisco flights.
  • 1.1Extending across or relating to two or more continents: a transcontinental radio audience
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    • In this time of tribulation for these two gorgeous, devastated stars, I would like to offer my services, not as transcontinental gossip provider, but as celebrity matchmaker!
    • She has caused great offence within the Asian community by her pronouncements on issues such as Asian children speaking English in the home and her criticisms of transcontinental marriages.
    • In addition, they will be distracted from academic life by their preoccupation with March Madness and left exhausted by practices, games, press demands and transcontinental travel schedules.


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  • A transcontinental railway or train.



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  • So we must think transcontinentally as well as continentally.
  • It uses the smallest amount of radiation, less than that obtained when flying transcontinentally.
  • It is also used widely in communications, both in computer networks as a fast Internet connection source and in telecommunications both transcontinentally and transoceanically.

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