# intercept

[ verb in-ter-sept; noun in-ter-sept ]

/ verb ˌɪn tərˈsɛpt; noun ˈɪn tərˌsɛpt /

### verb (used with object)

### noun

an interception.

Mathematics.

- an intercepted segment of a line.
- (in a coordinate system) the distance from the origin to the point at which a curve or line intersects an axis.

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## Example sentences from the Web for interceptive

She did not look at him, but this was better than meeting his eye with that interceptive glance.

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## British Dictionary definitions for interceptive

intercept

### verb (ˌɪntəˈsɛpt) (tr)

to stop, deflect, or seize on the way from one place to another; prevent from arriving or proceeding

sport to seize or cut off (a pass) on its way from one opponent to another

maths to cut off, mark off, or bound (some part of a line, curve, plane, or surface)

### noun (ˈɪntəˌsɛpt)

maths

- a point at which two figures intersect
- the distance from the origin to the point at which a line, curve, or surface cuts a coordinate axis
- an intercepted segment

sport, US and Canadian the act of intercepting an opponent's pass

## Derived forms of intercept

interception, nouninterceptive, adjective## Word Origin for intercept

C16: from Latin intercipere to seize before arrival, from inter- + capere to take

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## Scientific definitions for interceptive

intercept

[ ĭn′tər-sĕpt′ ]

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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