- a person or thing that intercepts.
- Military. a fighter aircraft with fast-reaction capabilities, used to identify and, if appropriate, engage other aircraft in combat.
Origin of interceptor
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Examples from the Web for interceptor
The interceptor is still under development and has yet to undergo a flight intercept test.Why Iron Dome Can't Be Scaled-Up
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In theory, one interceptor could handle a missile all by itself.
The interceptor was lower to the northwest, cutting into their path.First on the Moon
So far, five of them have been hit by interceptor rockets, but we don't have them all by a long shot.Instant of Decision
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At Interceptor Headquarters it was assumed that a mistake had been made in charting the location of the station.Voice from the Cave
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Only the previous week, at a station down the line, an interceptor had been launched at an unannounced satellite.
- a person or thing that intercepts
- a fast highly manoeuvrable fighter aircraft used to intercept enemy aircraft
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Word Origin and History for interceptor
1590s, from Latin interceptor, agent noun from intercipere (see intercept). As a type of fast fighter aircraft, from 1930.
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