- Trans is defined as across, through or on the other side of.
An example of trans used as a prefix is in the word "transatlantic," which means across the Atlantic Ocean.
- on the other side of, to the other side of, over, across, through: transatlantic, transpierce
- so as to change thoroughly: transliterate
- above and beyond; transcending: transonic
- designating an isomer having certain atoms or groups on opposite sides of a given plane in the molecule (in chemical names, usually printed in italic type and hyphenated and disregarded in alphabetization): trans-butene
- designating the elements beyond (a given element) in the periodic table: transuranium
Origin of trans-Classical Latin trans- (contr. to tra- before d-, m-, n-, l-, v-, j-) ; from trans, across, over, origin, originally , probably present participle of an unverified form trare, to pass, seen in intrare, extrare ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ter-, to go, over, beyond from source through
Origin of transShort for transgender and transsexual.
- a. translatedb. translation
- a. transposeb. transposition
- 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.
Origin of trans-From Latin trāns-, from trāns, across, beyond, through; see ter&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
Compare trans- and its usage notes, particularly with regard to the gender-related sense.
- Abbreviation of transaction.