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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They were originally designed to serve as long-range, high-altitude intercontinental nuclear bombers that could strike deep into the Soviet Union.
The Pentagon this week claimed success in intercepting a mock intercontinental ballistic missile.
WASHINGTON -- New video released by the Pentagon shows the successful test of a missile defense system meant to protect against an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) under development by North Korea.
Despite the success, the $244 million test didn’t confirm that under wartime conditions the US could intercept an intercontinental-range missile fired by North Korea.
The U.S. military destroyed a mock intercontinental ballistic missile thousands of miles over the Pacific for the first time Tuesday, a step forward for a missile-defense program that has taken on new significance in light of North Korean threats.
That means it is meant to approach the warhead speed of a true intercontinental ballistic missile.
North Korea is still thought to be several years from its goal of being able to target U.S. mainland cities with a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile.
Preparing for North Korea’s growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week.
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Definition of intercontinental for English Language Learners
: traveling or occurring between continents
: capable of traveling from one continent to another
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