Intercept meaning

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The point or coordinates at which a line, curve, or surface intersects a coordinate axis.
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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.

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To stop, deflect, or interrupt the progress or intended course of.

Intercepted me with a message as I was leaving.

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To prevent.
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To include or bound (a part of a space or curve) between two points or lines.
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To seize or stop on the way, before arrival at the intended place; stop or interrupt the course of; cut off.
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To slow or prevent (precipitation) from reaching the ground. Used of vegetation.
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An interceptor.
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To cut off, mark off, or bound between two points, lines, or planes.
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A message intercepted during electronic or radio transmission.
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The part of a line, plane, etc. intercepted.
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The act of intercepting an enemy force, esp. enemy aircraft.
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In a Cartesian coordinate system, the coordinate of a point at which a line, curve, or surface intersects a coordinate axis. If a curve intersects the x -axis at (4,0), then 4 is the curve's x -intercept; if the curve intersects the y -axis at (0,2), then 2 is its y -intercept.
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An interception of a radio broadcast or a telephone call.
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​An interception of a missile.
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To stop, deflect or divert (something in progress or motion).

The police intercepted the package of stolen goods while it was in transit.

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(sports) To gain possession of (the ball) in a ball game.
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To cut off from access or communication.
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(algebraic geometry) The coordinate of the point at which a curve intersects an axis.
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Origin of intercept

  • Middle English intercepten from Latin intercipere intercept- inter- inter- capere to seize kap- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin interceptum, past participle of intercipere.

    From Wiktionary