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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Now, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO, it was first utilized as a unified military deterrent to the looming Soviet threat and to provide intercontinental stability throughout Western Europe and North America. Fox News, "Steve Bannon on NATO: Trump is saying 'no more games'," 12 July 2018 Aviation enthusiasts yearning for ultra-fast, ultra-sleek intercontinental transportation—rather than 18-hour flights on stuffed-to-the gills widebody behemoths—might finally get their wish. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Boeing’s Proposed Hypersonic Plane Is Really, Really Fast," 28 June 2018 From behind all the flags and drapes, however, some small but intriguing details have seeped out to stoke real hopes, despite the many months of intercontinental Armageddon threats. Andrew Malcolm,, "An inside look at the Trump-Kim summit," 21 June 2018 This year, the festival will go intercontinental on October 6 at the Alice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Shawn Mendes & Nick Jonas Added to Brazil's VillaMix Festival Lineup," 12 June 2018 But negotiations, however tedious and imperfect, are surely better than the tensions of late 2017 — when North Korea was proceeding headlong in a race to perfect its intercontinental ballistic missile technology and threatening to bomb Guam. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Uranium enrichment will be a key point in talks with North Korea. Here’s what it is.," 11 June 2018 Consider this a quick, healthfully balanced meal with intercontinental flair. The Washington Post,, "Here's a grilled corn recipe that's healthy and hands-off," 22 May 2018 Consider this a quick, healthfully balanced meal with intercontinental flair. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "See how 3 tweaks can transform a quesadilla | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018 However, since this wedding is all about intercontinental compromise, Harry and Meghan are opting for a lemon and elderberry cake instead. Aj Willingham, Cnn Design: Megan Pendergrass, CNN, "How to throw one helluva (proper) Royal Wedding party," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of intercontinental

circa 1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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