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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Long-Haul Planes Take Off Larger jets are losing their cost edge on intercontinental flights... Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airports Worried the A380 Was Too Big. Turns Out, That Wasn’t the Problem.," 14 Feb. 2019 Skeptical analysts said the advancements in North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile program — as much as sanctions or threatened military strikes — made the timing right for an overture. Mark Landler,, "Korean unity increases pressure on Trump," 28 Apr. 2018 Skeptical analysts said the advancements in North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile program — as much as sanctions or threatened military strikes — made the timing right for an overture. Mark Landler, New York Times, "As Two Koreas Talk Peace, Trump’s Bargaining Chips Slip Away," 28 Apr. 2018 But Project Pluto was killed off, doomed by the advent of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and the fact that there was no way to practically test it without spewing radiation everywhere. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Conducts a New Test of its Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile," 6 Feb. 2019 The report also notes that the Block IIA interceptor, which can intercept short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, is set to be tested in 2020 against intercontinental ballistic missiles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Wars' Lite? We Explain Trump's Missile Defense Strategy," 17 Jan. 2019 Some sources claim three Avangard unmanned wing gliders are placed on a single older UR-100UTTKh intercontinental ballistic missile or newer Sarmat ICBM. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Tests Yet Another Hypersonic Weapon," 27 Dec. 2018 The United States - and the rest of the international community - needs to see an end to North Korea's experiment with nuclear weapons and intercontinental delivery vehicles. Christopher R. Hill And Thomas R. Pickering, star-telegram, "What would a successful Trump-Kim summit look like?," 11 June 2018 The nation’s most prominent baseball players have not stayed silent, taking to social media to share intercontinental messages. Dennis Lin,, "Padres players among those speaking out about Venezuelan crisis," 21 July 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of intercontinental

: traveling or occurring between continents
: capable of traveling from one continent to another

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