a person or thing that intercepts; esp., a fast-climbing fighter jet or a surface-to-air missile
also sp. in·ter·cept′er
One that intercepts, specifically a fast-climbing, highly maneuverable fighter plane designed to intercept enemy aircraft or a guided missile designed to intercept enemy missiles and spacecraft.
- Anything that intercepts something else.
- A fast, maneuverable fighter aircraft designed to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft before they can attack.
- A guided missile designed to intercept and destroy enemy missiles.
- (architecture, engineering) A device to trap, remove, or separate deleterious, hazardous, or undesirable matter (such as oil, grease, gasoline, sand, and sediment) from normal waste conveyed through it, permitting normal sewage or liquid wastes to discharge into the disposal terminal by gravity.
- (computing, programming) A hook routine that intercepts normal program flow to carry out a task.