[ in-ter-mohd-l ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈmoʊd l /

adjective Transportation.

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

Origin of intermodal

First recorded in 1960–65; inter- + modal
Related formsin·ter·mod·al·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for intermodal


/ (ˌɪntəˈməʊdəl) /


(of a transport system) using different modes of conveyance in conjunction, such as ships, aircraft, road vehicles, etc
(of a container) able to be carried by different modes of conveyance without being unpacked
psychol denoting an interaction between different senses

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