intercept[in′tər sept′; for n. in′tər sept′]
- The definition of intercept is to get in the middle of someone or something and his/its final destination and prevent the person or thing from getting to the final destination.
- When you prevent someone from walking into a room this is an example of a time when you intercept the person.
- When a quarterback throws a ball to his receiver and instead you jump up and catch it, this is an example of an intercept.
- to seize or stop on the way, before arrival at the intended place; stop or interrupt the course of; cut off: to intercept a forward pass
- Now Rare
- to stop, hinder, or prevent
- to cut off communication with, sight of, etc.
- Math. to cut off, mark off, or bound between two points, lines, or planes
Origin of intercept; from Classical Latin interceptus, past participle of intercipere, to take between, interrupt ; from inter-, between + capere, to take: see have
- the act of intercepting
- the fact or condition of being intercepted
- a message intercepted during electronic or radio transmission
- Math. the part of a line, plane, etc. intercepted
- Mil. the act of intercepting an enemy force, esp. enemy aircraft
transitive verbin·ter·cept·ed, in·ter·cept·ing, in·ter·cepts
- To stop, deflect, or interrupt the progress or intended course of: intercepted me with a message as I was leaving.
- Sports a. To gain possession of (an opponent's pass), as in football or basketball.b. To gain possession of a pass made by (an opponent), especially in football.
- To slow or prevent (precipitation) from reaching the ground. Used of vegetation.
- Mathematics To include or bound (a part of a space or curve) between two points or lines.
- Archaic To prevent.
- Obsolete To cut off from access or communication.
- Mathematics The point or coordinates at which a line, curve, or surface intersects a coordinate axis.
- a. The interception of a missile by another missile or an aircraft by another aircraft.b. Interception of a radio transmission.
- An interceptor.
Origin of interceptMiddle English intercepten, from Latin intercipere, intercept- : inter-, inter- + capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
The intercept form of the equation of a line isxa
(third-person singular simple present intercepts, present participle intercepting, simple past and past participle intercepted)
- From Latin interceptum, past participle of intercipere.