intercontinental

adjective
in·ter·con·ti·nen·tal | \ ˌin-tər-ˌkän-tə-ˈnen-tᵊl \

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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The surprise was an Air Force announcement that Astronautics has been awarded a 315-million-dollar contract for past and present research and development of the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 13, 1958: Thousands tour new Convair plant on Kearny Mesa," 13 July 2018 In 2017, especially, the world saw fears of war on the Korean Peninsula escalating dramatically after North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and three intercontinental ballistic missile test-launches. Washington Post, "10 historic moments in relations between US, North Korea," 11 June 2018 In 2017, especially, the world saw fears of war on the Korean Peninsula escalating dramatically after North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and three intercontinental ballistic missile test-launches. Time, "From Spy Games to Summits, Here Are 10 Historic Moments in U.S.-North Korean Relations," 11 June 2018 In 2017, especially, the world saw fears of war on the Korean Peninsula escalating dramatically after North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and three intercontinental ballistic missile test-launches. Fox News, "10 historic moments in relations between US, North Korea," 11 June 2018 The North, which has vowed to stop all underground nuclear testing and intercontinental ballistic missile launches, has invited foreign media to the remote site to observe a ceremony to mark the closing. NBC News, "North Korea renews threat to quit summit after Pence's Libya remark," 24 May 2018 While attention on North Korea’s nuclear program has largely focused on its pursuit of intercontinental ballistic missiles, Japan is within striking distance of the regime’s shorter-range weapons. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Pompeo Maintains Optimism on Nuclear Talks With North Korea," 8 July 2018 Under Trump's tenure, there have been nine missile launches, at least two involving intercontinental ballistic missiles, a major breakthrough, and its largest nuclear weapons test. John Hudson, chicagotribune.com, "Pompeo travels to North Korea at critical juncture in nuclear talks," 5 July 2018 But the only one designed to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, aimed at the U.S., like those North Korea has been building, is the Alaska system. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "If North Korea disarms, will US missile defense lose favor?," 26 June 2018

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circa 1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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intercontinental

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of intercontinental

: traveling or occurring between continents

: capable of traveling from one continent to another

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