or in·ter·cept·er



a person or thing that intercepts.
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. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of interceptor

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




a person or thing that intercepts
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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