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[in-ter-kon-tn-en-tl] /ˌɪn tərˌkɒn tnˈɛn tl/
between or among continents; involving two or more continents:
intercontinental trade.
traveling or capable of traveling between continents:
intercontinental airplanes.
Origin of intercontinental
1850-55; inter- + continental Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intercontinental
  • He estimates that some five billion songbirds take the intercontinental trips each year.
  • intercontinental ballistic missiles depend on rocketry.
  • The failure to scrap barriers to foreign ownership has meant there are no intercontinental mergers.
  • But so too, not that long ago, did rapid and routine intercontinental air travel.
  • After all, to export sneakers or sweatshirts, companies need an intercontinental supply chain.
  • intercontinental shipping and airplanes would face insurmountable obstacles.
  • But that few percent at the bottom of the curve represents a quantum leap in intercontinental and intercultural communication.
  • Long distant intercontinental maglev trains could replace much of air travel.
  • He knew right away he was seeing the beginning of a beautiful intercontinental friendship.
  • intercontinental differences in resource use reveal the importance of mutualisms in fire ant invasions.
British Dictionary definitions for intercontinental


relating to travel, commerce, relations, etc, between continents
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Word Origin and History for intercontinental

1825, American English, from inter- + continental. Of missiles, from 1956.

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