American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Across; on the other side; beyond: transpolar.
- Through: transcontinental.
- Change; transfer: transliterate.
- Having a pair of identical atoms on opposite sides of two atoms linked by a double bond. Used of a geometric isomer: trans-butene.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A combining-form used, in organic chemistry, to indicate that two radicals are on opposite sides of the plane of union of two carbon atoms, or on opposite sides of the plane of the ring in a cyclic compound. It is, therefore, complementary to cis-. Thus maleic acid is a cis-derivative, and fumaric acid a trans-compound
- n. A prefix of Latin origin, meaning ‘across, over, beyond, on the other side of, through,’ as in transfer, ‘carry over,’ transfuse, ‘pour over,’ transgress, ‘pass beyond,’ etc., transalpine, ‘beyond the Alps,’ etc. (in the last use opposed to cis-). Besides its use in numerous English words taken from Latin words with this prefix, it is used to some extent as an English formative, as in transdialect, trans-earth, transpierce, transview, etc. It is commonly used in its literal sense, but also as implying complete change, as in transfigure, transform, etc. Trans- is also a frequent formative of recent technical words of science, in the concrete sense of ‘athwart, across, crosswise, transversely, from side to side,’ like
dia-in the same cases: as, trans-process, equivalent to transverse process, or diapophysis; transductor, transfrontal, transmedian, transection, etc.
- n. An abbreviation of transactions, translated or translator, transpose, transitive, etc.
- Across, through, over, beyond, to or on the other side of, outside of.
- chemistry Describing a compound in which two atoms or groups are situated on opposite sides of some plane of symmetry passing through the compound.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A prefix, signifying
over, beyond, through and through, on the other side, as in transalpine, beyond the Alps; transform, to form through and through, that is, anew, transfigure.
- From Latin trāns ("across, on the far side, beyond"). (Wiktionary)
- From Latin trāns-, from trāns, across, beyond, through. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Growth in Baltic volumes is being led by demand for trans- shipment, in which cargo to and from less-developed harbors is sent via west-European ports served by bigger vessels with a greater variety of long-distance routes.”
“The carrier said its long-haul business is stable, with "strength in the premium sector," and the melding of trans- Atlantic schedules between BA, Iberia and American is beginning to grab market share, Walsh said today on the conference call.”
“Even if sexual orientation were a choice, aren’t we a country where we’re supposed to be free to pursue our happiness, whether we’re hetero-, homo-, bi-, trans-, or even a-sexual?”
“And an instant later, Si Cwan’s and Zak Kebron’s bodies dissipated as the miraculous trans- porter beams kicked in, sending their molecules hurtling through the darkness of space to be reassembled in the place that was their only hope for survival: the science vessel Kayven Ryin.”
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Word parts that turn a word into a pointing word, cisatlantic — this side of the Atlantic, exoskeleton — skeleton on the outside, etc
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