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 North Korea conducted several launches in 2019 as diplomatic efforts between Pyongyang and Washington began to falter, but the country steered clear of testing intercontinental range missiles or detonating nuclear weapons underground. Yoonjung Seo And Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "North Korea fires two unidentified projectiles, South Korea says," 2 Mar. 2020 The Columbia will be the nation’s new launcher of intercontinental ballistic missiles, replacing the current Ohio class. Washington Post, "Navy’s newest Virginia-class submarines are expected to be 10 to 15 months late," 28 Feb. 2020 As North Korea continues to develop nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, cyber operations help fund the regime. Wired, "How North Korean Hackers Rob Banks Around the World," 28 Feb. 2020 American officials, as well as European nations, worry such launches could help Iran develop intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Jon Gambrell,, "Iran again fails to put satellite into orbit amid US worries," 9 Feb. 2020 The Tropical Forest Standard — a blueprint for how carbon offsets could be awarded for intercontinental programs — would raise the stakes for such projects, allowing them to be used to fulfill government mandates. Lisa Song, ProPublica, "California Legislators Urge Caution, but Greenlight a Plan That Could Lead to the Widespread Use of Forestry Offsets," 21 June 2019 And for weeks, American officials feared Mr. Kim might test an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, to make his point. New York Times, "North Korea Is No Longer Bound by Nuclear Test Moratorium, Kim Says," 31 Dec. 2019 The regiment received two older UR-100NUTTkH (NATO: SS-19 Stiletto) intercontinental ballistic missiles refitted with one Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle each. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's New Hypersonic Weapon Flies at Mach 27," 30 Dec. 2019 Russia's defense minister reported to President Vladimir Putin that a new hypersonic weapon of intercontinental range became operational Friday following years of tests. Fortune, "Russia Commissions Intercontinental Hypersonic Weapon," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of intercontinental

circa 1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intercontinental was circa 1855

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“Intercontinental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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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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