Definition of transcontinental in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtran(t)ˌskän(t)əˈnen(t)l/
Pronunciation: /ˌtranzˌkän(t)əˈnen(t)l/


1(Especially of a railroad line) crossing a continent.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.


A transcontinental railroad or train.



Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: trans·con·ti·nen·tal

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