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Webster 1913 Edition


Intercept

Inˊter-cept′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Intercepted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Intercepting
.]
[L.
interceptus
, p. p. of
intercipere
to intercept;
inter
between +
capere
to take, seize: cf. F.
intercepter
. See
Capable
.]
1.
To take or seize by the way, or before arrival at the destined place; to cause to stop on the passage;
as, to
intercept
a letter; a telegram will
intercept
him at Paris.
God will shortly
intercept
your breath.
Joye.
2.
To obstruct or interrupt the progress of; to stop; to hinder or oppose;
as, to
intercept
the current of a river
.
Who
intercepts
me in my expedition?
Shakespeare
We must meet first, and
intercept
his course.
Dryden.
3.
To interrupt communication with, or progress toward; to cut off, as the destination; to blockade.
While storms vindictive
intercept
the shore.
Pope.
Syn. – To cut off; stop; catch; seize; obstruct.

In′ter-ceptˊ

,
Noun.
(Math.)
A part cut off or intercepted, as a portion of a line included between two points, or cut off two straight lines or curves.

Webster 1828 Edition


Intercept

INTERCEPT'

,
Verb.
T.
[L. interceptus, intercipio, to stop; inter and capio, to take.]
1.
To take or seize on by the way; to stop on its passage; as, to intercept a letter. The prince was intercepted at Rome. The convoy was intercepted by a detachment of the enemy.
2.
To obstruct; to stop in progress; as, to intercept rays of light; to intercept the current of a river, or a course of proceedings.
3.
To stop, as a course or passing; as, to intercept a course.
4.
To interrupt communication with, or progress towards.
While storms vindictive intercept the shore.
5.
To take, include or comprehend between.
Right ascension is an arch of the equator, reckoning towards the east, intercepted between the beginning of Aries, and the point of the equator which rises at the same time with the sun or star in a right sphere.

Definition 2022


intercept

intercept

English

Noun

intercept (plural intercepts)

  1. An interception of a radio broadcast or a telephone call.
  2. An interception of a missile.
  3. (algebraic geometry) The coordinate of the point at which a curve intersects an axis.
    • 2012, Alice Kaseberg, Greg Cripe, Peter Wildman, Introductory Algebra: Everyday Explorations, page 278
      Because the horizontal-axis intercept occurs when y=0 and the vertical-axis intercept occurs when x=0, we can find the intercepts algebraically.

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See also

  • (an interception of a radio broadcast or a telephone call): bug

Verb

intercept (third-person singular simple present intercepts, present participle intercepting, simple past and past participle intercepted)

  1. (transitive) To stop, deflect or divert (something in progress or motion).
    The police intercepted the package of stolen goods while it was in transit.
  1. (transitive, sports) To gain possession of (the ball) in a ball game
    1. (transitive, American football) (of a defensive player) To catch a pass thrown by the opposing team, thereby gaining possession.

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