in·​ter·​con·​ti·​nen·​tal | \ ˌin-tər-ˌkän-tə-ˈnen-tᵊl How to pronounce intercontinental (audio) \

Definition of intercontinental

1 : extending among continents or carried on between continents
2 : capable of traveling between continents intercontinental ballistic missile

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Recent Examples on the Web Since a provocative run in North Korean nuclear and missile tests in 2016 and 2017, much of the U.S. focus has been on North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missiles that pose a direct threat to the American homeland. Fox News, "North Korean missiles getting more agile, evasive: experts," 26 Mar. 2021 The rogue state with nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach Americans is steadily improving its military capabilities, while issuing threats and refusing to engage in talks with the new U.S. administration. Rebeccah Heinrichs, National Review, "What North Korea’s First Missile Test during the Biden Administration Means," 24 Mar. 2021 Counter-punching, its advocates inquire when are intercontinental missiles going to have a bomber's reliability? Thomas E. Stimson, Popular Mechanics, "Remembering the B-70: The Weird Supersonic Bomber That Never Was," 11 Feb. 2021 Later that year, Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Hwasong-15, that soared skyward before splashing into waters off the coast of Japan. Brad Lendon, CNN, "How dangerous is North Korea's military arsenal right now?," 25 Mar. 2021 Former President Donald Trump didn’t protest short-range missile launches, emphasizing that Pyongyang hadn’t conducted a nuclear test or launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "North Korea Fires Ballistic Missiles for First Time in Nearly a Year, U.S. and Japan Say," 25 Mar. 2021 In October, North Korea displayed what appeared to be its largest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile during a nighttime military parade in Pyongyang. New York Times, "‘Power for Power’: North Korea Returns to a Show of Force," 24 Mar. 2021 But along with almost all the other aspects of life, the COVID-19 pandemic has ruined the possibility of intercontinental or even domestic group travel for the foreseeable future. Tonya Russell​, Marie Claire, "As a Black Woman, I'm Afraid to Travel by Myself in My Own Country," 21 Dec. 2020 On the intercontinental stage, Ezekiel is encouraged by the election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, "Activists are fighting for a renewable future in Sub-Saharan Africa. Chinese coal projects threaten to dirty those plans," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of intercontinental

circa 1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Apr 2021

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“Intercontinental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of intercontinental

: traveling or occurring between continents
: capable of traveling from one continent to another

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