intercontinental

adjective in·ter·con·ti·nen·tal \ ˌin-tər-ˌkän-tə-ˈnen-tᵊl \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

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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First Known Use of intercontinental

circa 1855

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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INTERCONTINENTAL Defined for English Language Learners

intercontinental

Definition of intercontinental for English Language Learners

  • : traveling or occurring between continents

  • : capable of traveling from one continent to another


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