intercontinental

adjective
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

Examples of intercontinental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Recent commercial satellite photographs appear to show activity at North Korea's Sohae satellite launch facility and another site linked to the production of intercontinental-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "North Korea's 'Christmas gift' could be a new anti-US hard-line policy, source says," 23 Dec. 2019 More than any other airplane, the B-52 combines the ability to carry a wide variety of munitions with an intercontinental range. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U.S. Just Deployed B-52s to the Middle East," 8 May 2019 Moon is dealing with a North Korea that could already have dozens of bombs and a growing arsenal of ballistic missiles, including intercontinental-range weapons that may be able to reach the U.S. mainland. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Unfinished business: Moon's summit dreams echo late mentor," 18 Sep. 2018 Moon is dealing with a North Korea that could already have dozens of bombs and a growing arsenal of ballistic missiles, including intercontinental-range weapons that may be able to reach the U.S. mainland. Kim Tong-hyung, The Seattle Times, "Unfinished business: Moon’s summit dreams echo late mentor," 18 Sep. 2018

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intercontinental. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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intercontinental

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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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