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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a prefix meaning “across,”“through,” occurring orig. in loanwords from Latin, used in particular to form verbs denoting movement or conveyance from place to place (transfer; transmit; transplant) or complete change (transform; transmute), or to form adjectives meaning “crossing,”“on the other side of,” or “going beyond” the place named (transmontane; transnational; trans-Siberian).

    Category: Affix

  2. a prefix used in the names of chemical compounds that are geometric isomers having two identical atoms or groups attached on opposite sides of a molecule divided by a given plane of symmetry.

    Category: Affix, Chemistry

    Ref: Compare cis- (def. 2). 2

Origin of trans-:

< L, prefixal use of trāns (prep.) across, through


  1. transaction.

  2. transfer.

  3. transferred.

  4. transformer.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  5. transit.

    Category: Transportation

  6. transitive.

    Category: Grammar

  7. translated.

  8. translation.

  9. translator.

  10. transparent.

  11. transportation.

    Category: Transportation

  12. transpose.

  13. transverse.


  1. trans-(Prefix)

    across, through, over, beyond, to or on the other side of, outside of

  2. trans-(Prefix)

    describing a compound in which two atoms or groups are situated on opposite sides of some plane of symmetry passing through the compound

  3. Origin: From trans.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trans-

    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

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across or through.

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