or in·ter·cept·er

  1. a person or thing that intercepts.
  2. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of interceptor

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for interceptor



  1. a person or thing that intercepts
  2. a fast highly manoeuvrable fighter aircraft used to intercept enemy aircraft
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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.

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