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 In March, North Korea test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland U.S. in breach of a 2018 moratorium on big missile tests. Fox News, 14 June 2022 In May, North Korea tested what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile -- though the range of the weapon or its ability to deliver a nuclear warhead were unclear. Heather Chen, CNN, 13 June 2022 In recent weeks, North Korea has test-fired a range of missiles, including its largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Fox News, 5 June 2022 The sanctions come after what the U.S. says were three new ballistic missile launches by North Korea on Tuesday, including one intercontinental ballistic missile. Fox News, 28 May 2022 At least one of North Korea's tests this year was believed to be of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US mainland. Samantha Beech, CNN, 26 May 2022 Intelligence officials say Kim is planning a new test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the continental United States. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, 21 May 2022 North Korea has been launching weapons at an unusually frequent rate this year, including its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile since 2017. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 18 May 2022 North Korea has ramped up weapons tests, including an intercontinental ballistic missile, and might be preparing for a nuclear test. Ken Thomas And Alex Leary, WSJ, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intercontinental

circa 1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Intercontinental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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