verb (used with object)
- 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.
- intercellular bridge,
- intercellular canaliculus,
Origin of intercept
Examples from the Web for interceptive
She did not look at him, but this was better than meeting his eye with that interceptive glance.Indian Summer|William D. Howells
verb (ˌɪntəˈsɛpt) (tr)
- 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
Word Origin for intercept
c.1400, from Latin interceptus, past participle of intercipere "take or seize between, to seize in passing," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + -cipere, comb. form of capere "to take, catch" (see capable). Related: Intercepted; intercepting.