in·​ter·​mod·​al ˌin-tər-ˈmō-dəl How to pronounce intermodal (audio)
: being or involving transportation by more than one form of carrier during a single journey
: used for intermodal transport

Examples of intermodal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the second quarter, J.B. Hunt's intermodal segment's saw revenue of $1.49 billion for the quarter, down 19% from the year ago period with operating income of $142.9 million, down 29%. John Magsam, Arkansas Online, 19 July 2023 The manufacturing and logistics park will have rail and truck intermodal access. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 26 July 2023 For perspective, Norfolk Southern’s total volume of carloads and intermodal units declined 10% between 2019 and 2022, while its average revenue per unit rose 25%. Trefis Team, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 Firstly, a nationwide shortage of intermodal chassis (unique trailer trucks used to move shipping containers among ports, shipper facilities and railways) led to rail yards becoming heavily congested and affected their ability to accommodate shipments coming in from ports. Robert Garrison, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 In July, for example, the port saw a 35.8% increase for dry and refrigerated cargo over the previous July, and a 185.7% growth for intermodal cargo. al, 22 Nov. 2022 Scott Wolford, the port authority’s director of technology and business policy, revealed last month the rail carrier had declined to allow direct access to its intermodal hub, meaning the port authority will have to use the same gate as any other cargo hauler. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 June 2022 On the other side of the country, East Coast ports have been ramping up their capacities, making significant improvements to accommodate larger vessels and enhance their intermodal rail capacities. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 20 June 2023 The site is near a Union Pacific Railroad intermodal freight terminal and a major UPS shipping hub. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 15 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intermodal was in 1963

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“Intermodal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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