Power Prefix #9: trans- 10 words

Learn these words beginning with the power prefix "trans-" (meaning "across" or "beyond").
More Power Prefix lists:
anti-, con-, fore-, inter-, mis-, pre-, sub-, super-, and uni-!
ELA Common Core State Standard: "Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word."
  1. transgression
    the action of going beyond or overstepping some boundary or limit
    His transgressions included larceny and breaking into houses and shops.
    The Guardian (Aug 23, 2012)
  2. translucent
    allowing light to pass through diffusely
    Tiny veins were visible through translucent aquatic eyelids.
    New York Times (May 23, 2012)
  3. transact
    conduct business
    Morning calls are considered informal in the city; they are made only to transact business, or by special appointment.
    Eichler, Lillian
  4. transcontinental
    spanning or crossing or on the farther side of a continent
    Before making my transcontinental pilgrimage I used to wonder, sometimes, just where the line dividing East from West in the United States might be.
    Street, Julian
  5. transcultural
    extending through all human cultures
    “One of the basics of transcultural leadership is empathy,” Mr. Ghosn once said.
    New York Times (May 6, 2010)
  6. transfix
    to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
    He turned to face me, eyes transfixed on the object swinging in my hand.
    The Guardian (Aug 28, 2012)
  7. transformation
    the act of changing in form or shape or appearance
    Photosynthesis is the single most important transformation on Earth.
    Scientific American (Sep 26, 2012)
  8. transitory
    lasting a very short time
    In that transitory glance he had perceived above the water-line, and continued in the translucency beneath, an outline not easily forgotten.
    Reid, Mayne
  9. translation
    a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language
    Some time later he was given a Chinese translation of the New Testament by a Christian missionary.
    BBC (Oct 17, 2012)
  10. transparent
    easily understood or seen through (because of a lack of subtlety)
    Instead of an open, transparent legal process, Mr Bo has been hidden away, under secret, internal Communist Party investigation.
    BBC (Sep 30, 2012)