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adjective Transportation.
  1. pertaining to or suitable for transportation involving more than one form of carrier, as truck and rail, or truck, ship, and rail.
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Origin of intermodal

First recorded in 1960–65; inter- + modal
Related formsin·ter·mod·al·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for intermodal


  1. (of a transport system) using different modes of conveyance in conjunction, such as ships, aircraft, road vehicles, etc
  2. (of a container) able to be carried by different modes of conveyance without being unpacked
  3. psychol denoting an interaction between different senses
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Word Origin and History for intermodal


1963, from inter- + modal.

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