- the engaging of an enemy force in an attempt to hinder or prevent it from carrying out its mission.
- the monitoring of enemy radio transmission to obtain information.
Examples from the Web for interception
The interception was one of more than 300 since the surge in fighting between Israel and the Islamic Hamas group last week.Israel’s Iron Dome: The Ultimate Missile Destroyer |Dan Ephron|November 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The other, to his immediate left, is calling for a touchback, the result of an interception.The NFL Replacement Referees’ 6 Worst Blown Calls (VIDEO)|Jake Heller|September 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
How could they review that and not decide that was an interception?
The interception of all lateral light caused a dismal gloom.A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland|Samuel Johnson
He, who respected the law, had broken it by concealing the Federal crime of interception of the mails.Babbitt|Sinclair Lewis
They even estimate with remarkable correctness the distance and height of buildings by the reflection or interception of sound.Popular Education|Ira Mayhew
The British were encamped in full force along the North River, opposite to these points of interception.The Life of George Washington, Vol. 3 (of 5)|John Marshall
The suppressed psychic impulse remains strong enough to revenge itself, by discontent and interception, on the suppressing agency.Delusion and Dream|Wilhelm Jensen
Word Origin and History for interception
early 15c., "action of intercepting" (the flow of a bodily fluid), from Latin interceptionem (nominative interceptio) "a seizing, taking away," noun of action from intercipere (see intercept). Specific football/rugby sense is attested by 1906. Meaning "action of closing in on and destroying an enemy aircraft, etc." is recorded from 1941.