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 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 And they're designed to be maneuverable, which differentiates them from intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and other fast-flying conventional weapons systems that follow predictable paths. Mike Wall,, "US Air Force Zooms Ahead on 2 New Hypersonic Weapons Plans," 20 Aug. 2018 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

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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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