in·​ter·​mod·​al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmō-dəl How to pronounce intermodal (audio) \

Definition of intermodal

1 : being or involving transportation by more than one form of carrier during a single journey
2 : used for intermodal transport

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Volumes of key commodities including coal, forest products and metals used in manufacturing have been tumbling at a steep rate, and a decline in intermodal truck-rail loads has accelerated this month. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Union Pacific Says Uncertainty, Harsh Weather Driving Down Rail Shipments," 19 June 2019 And so far in the fourth quarter, intermodal rail-truck cargo has remained strong, with volumes surpassing 2017 levels. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Swamped With Inventory, U.S. Companies Turn to ‘Mobile Storage’," 28 Dec. 2018 More in Logistics Hub Group, an Oak Brook, Ill., provider of intermodal truck-rail shipments, said the business dovetails with its services for larger suppliers to retailers. Paul Page, WSJ, "Hub Group to Buy Logistics Service Company CaseStack," 5 Nov. 2018 Voters in nearby Gardner, a city with nearly 20,000 residents, had agreed in 2006 to annex the intermodal land and negotiate with BNSF. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Tiny JoCo town is booming. That's not good for everyone. | The Kansas City Star," 26 Apr. 2018 The intermodal process involves a giant container being moved from train to truck and then possibly to a nearby Logistics Park warehouse, or by truck back to train. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Tiny JoCo town is booming. That's not good for everyone. | The Kansas City Star," 26 Apr. 2018 Norfolk, according to the company, has the most extensive intermodal network in the Eastern U.S.—leaving it uniquely well positioned to benefit from this trend. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "This Railroad Can Keep Rolling," 6 Sep. 2018 That center, to be in the Port of Tucson, an intermodal shipment district on the city's southeast side, will also have an unspecified number of professional jobs such as facilities technicians and human resources personnel. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Amazon announces 1,500-job distribution center in Tucson," 16 May 2018 The site is also near the intermodal rail yard and Interstate 485. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Low vacancy rates are driving distribution center development near Charlotte airport," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of intermodal

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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