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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun transportation:


Transportation is a member of the word family transport, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun transportation

What does transportation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • transportation: transportations
  • Transportation: -

  1. a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of transportation: transit / transportation system
    • more generic words: facility / installation = a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
    • more specific terms:
      • air transportation system = a transportation system for moving passengers or goods by air
      • highway system = a transportation system consisting of roads for motor transport
      • public transit = a public transportation system for moving passengers
      • short line = a transportation system that operates over relatively short distances
      • telpherage / telferage = a transportation system in which cars (telphers) are suspended from cables and operated on electricity
    • part of: base / infrastructure = the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area
    • parts:
      • landing field / flying field / airfield / field = a place where planes take off and land
      • bridge / span = a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
      • line = a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
      • public transport = conveyance for passengers or mail or freight
      • terminal / terminus / depot = station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
      • way = any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another
  2. the act of moving something from one location to another
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of transportation: conveyance / transfer / transferral / transport
    • more generic word: movement = the act of changing the location of something
    • more specific words:
      • transshipment = the transfer from one conveyance to another for shipment
      • airlift / lift = transportation of people or goods by air
      • connection / connexion = shifting from one form of transportation to another
      • bringing / delivery = the act of delivering or distributing something
      • drive = the act of driving a herd of animals overland
      • carry = the act of carrying something
      • lighterage = the transportation of goods on a lighter
      • resettlement / relocation = the transportation of people (as a family or colony) to a new settlement
      • teleportation = a hypothetical mode of instantaneous transportation
    • part: pickup = the act of taking aboard passengers or freight
  3. the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of transportation: fare
    • more generic word: charge = the price charged for some article or service
    • more specific terms:
  4. the United States federal department that institutes and coordinates national transportation programs; created in 1966
  5. the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials
  6. the act of expelling a person from their native land
    • example: the sentence was one of transportation for life
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of transportation: deportation / exile / expatriation
    • more generic words: banishment / proscription = rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone
    • instance: Babylonian Captivity = the deportation of the Jews to Babylonia by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC

Alternative definition of the noun transportation


  1. The act of transporting, or the state of being transported; conveyance, often of people, goods etc.
  2. [historical] Deportation to a penal colony.
  3. [US] A means of conveyance.


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Transportation is a peer-reviewed academic journal of research in transportation, published by Springer Science+Business Media. Its first issue was published in 1972.

Phrases with Transportation

Phrases starting with the word Transportation:

  1. transportation system
  2. transportation company
  3. transportation secretary
  4. transportation security administration

Phrases ending with the word Transportation:

  1. air transportation
  2. Mass Transportation
  3. Means of Transportation
  4. secretary of transportation
  5. department of transportation

Other phrases containing the word Transportation:

  1. air transportation system
  2. ministry of transportation test

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Transportation

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Google previewKorea North Business Law Handbook Volume 1 Strategic and Practical Information (1999)

by International Business Publications, USA.

Customs Inspection and Control Cargoes, postal matter, transportation means or individuals that enter or leave the Zone shall pass only through customs clearance points and shall be subject to customs inspection. If, for some unavoidable ...

Google previewMedia Effects (2012)

by W. James Potter

Transportation is the condition of being swept away with the action and feeling that you are in the story itself, as you lose...

Google previewCode of Federal Regulations (2009)


The annount of a working condition fringe exclusion with respect to employerprovided transportation is the amount that would...

Google previewMobility, Data Mining and Privacy (2008)

Geographic Knowledge Discovery by Fosca Giannotti, Dino Pedreschi

Transport Management: The Integration of Multimodal Choices Transport or transportation refers to the movement of...

One of the problematic issues of multimodal transportation is the routing of people towards and through inner cities.

Google previewTime, Space, and Society (2012)

Geographical Societal Perspectives by A. Kellerman

It was natural, since, for the daily purposes of travel and service provision, transportation means were natural -- namely, walking and animal riding. As a result, Villages and towns were small and concentrated, with agricultural fields located ...

Google previewCTIA: Consolidated Treaties and International Agreements 2008 Vol 2 (2010)

Issued November 2009 by Oceana Editorial Board

Any further transportation is the responsibility of the receiving ...

Google previewSan Diego State University College Prowler Off the Record (2005)

by Amanda Schrader

Transportation is the bane of southern California's existence.

Public transportation is a joke, but it is getting better The trolley is a great way to get downtown, or all the way to the Mexican border if you'd like, but it won't be extended to get ...

Google previewNew in Town Chicago (2012)

The resourceful, streetwise, savvy new resident's guide to moving in, getting around, and building a new life in the Windy City.

THE BEST AUTOMATED TOOL to determine the best route and method of transportation is the RTA goroo trip planner. You can enter your current location and destination and will tryto determine the fastest route based on bus and train ...

Google previewHandbook of Public Policy (2006)

by B Guy Peters, Jon Pierre

INTRODUCTION Transportation is a classic case of a network industry. It traditionally involves the movement of goods and people between various locations, and more recently in the 'Communications Age' (Andersson et al., 1990 ) has ...

Google previewEfficient Transportation and Pavement Systems: Characterization, Mechanisms, Simulation, and Modeling (2008)

by Imad L. Al-Qadi, Tarek Sayed, Naser Alnuaimi, Eyad Masad

INTRODUCTION The urban transportation is a major driving factor in any economy and provides the infrastructure in any...

Google previewInternational Conference on Transportation Engineering, 2009 (2009)

Proceedings of the Second International Conference, July 25-27, 2009, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China

Abstract: The transportation is a foundation of the national economy, and its sustainable development is an important...

coordination; comprehensive transportation capacity 1 Introduction Railway transportation is the important foundation of ...

Google previewGeography of Transport Development in India (2003)

by Balkrishna C. Vaidya

Transportation is the movement and exchange of people, goods and ideas.

Transportation is an important absorber of scarce resources, enormous wrong directed or misplaced investment and has a serious impact upon the whole economy.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Transportation (2014)

Social Science and Policy by Mark Garrett

Transportation Research Record, v.2003 ( 2007).

Google previewDepartment of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (2011)

As Amended Through April 2010 by Barry Leonard

Service-organic transportation assets — Transportation assets that are: a. Assigned to a Military Department for functions of the Secretaries of the Military Departments set forth in Title 10 of the United States Code, Sections 3013(b), 5013(b), ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Agricultural Marketing (1999)

by Jagdish Prasad

TRANSPORTATION. OF. SUGARCANE. V. K. Sehgal & M. M. Kashyap Introduction Sugarcane is one of the cash crops grown in tropical as well as sub- tropical parts of the world. With the adoption of mechanized agricultural practices, the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Louisiana (1999)

by Nancy Capace

of this Section, the monies in the trust fund allocated to ports, airports, flood control, parish transportation, and state highway construction shall be appropriated ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History (2015)

by Aaron Brenner, Benjamin Day, Immanuel Ness

In many casesthe trolley traveled theidentical thoroughfares as more primitive formsof public transportation such as horsecars, omnibuses, and even stagecoaches.The lineage ofthese routes reaches back into the eighteenth century. Behind ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy: K-Z (2003)

by Jack Rabin

INTRODUCTION Transportation policy is a broad category of public policy, comprising those plans, programs, and actions of all levels of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Ancient World (2013)

by Shona Grimbly

Transportation. How to transport people and goods from place to place was one of the major problems confronting ancient peoples. Before the invention of the wheel, water was the best means of transporting heavy loads, and boats were one ...

Google previewA Minecraft Mini-Encyclopedia (2014)

by Cori Dusmann

Transportation. When you start a new map, chances are you'll do a lot of walking, but soon enough you might find that you've run out of land, or just that you'd like to hit the water in your own little boat. Once you've gathered enough materials ...

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I think the internal combustion engine will disappear from the streets of our cities in the next thirty years because transportation will be mass transportation, or probably electrical power. (Gaylord Nelson)
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Scrabble value of T1R1A1N1S1P3O1R1T1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 14-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.


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