# intercept

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

- to take, seize, or halt (someone or something on the way from one place to another); cut off from an intended destination: to intercept a messenger.
- to see or overhear (a message, transmission, etc., meant for another): We intercepted the enemy's battle plan.
- to stop or check (passage, travel, etc.): to intercept the traitor's escape.
- Sports. to take possession of (a ball or puck) during an attempted pass by an opposing team.
- to stop or interrupt the course, progress, or transmission of.
- to destroy or disperse (enemy aircraft or a missile or missiles) in the air on the way to a target.
- to stop the natural course of (light, water, etc.).
- Mathematics. to mark off or include, as between two points or lines.
- to intersect.
- Obsolete. to prevent or cut off the operation or effect of.
- Obsolete. to cut off from access, sight, etc.

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- 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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## Origin of intercept

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### Historical Examples of interceptive

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

Indian SummerWilliam D. Howells

## intercept

- 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)

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- 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

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## Word Origin for intercept

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

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## Word Origin and History for interceptive

## intercept

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## 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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