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or intercepter

[in-ter-sep-ter] /ˌɪn tərˈsɛp tər/
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
1590-1600; < Latin, equivalent to intercep- (see intercept) + -tor -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In theory, one interceptor could handle a missile all by itself.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • The interceptor was lower to the northwest, cutting into their path.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • 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 Gordon Randall Garrett
  • At interceptor Headquarters it was assumed that a mistake had been made in charting the location of the station.

    Voice from the Cave Mildred A. Wirt
  • Only the previous week, at a station down the line, an interceptor had been launched at an unannounced satellite.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • It would compute the correct time of launch, select an interceptor, and order it off the ground at the correct time.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • If he failed to launch an interceptor at a track that turned out to be hostile, it meant the death of an American city.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • The interceptor missiles had to detect it, swing to intercept, to accelerate furiously.

    Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Thus he had to launch the interceptor when the missile was twenty-seven degrees from intercept.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
British Dictionary definitions for interceptor


a person or thing that intercepts
a fast highly manoeuvrable fighter aircraft used to intercept enemy aircraft
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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