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Meaning of INTERCEPT

Pronunciation:  [n]'intur`sept, [v]`intur'sept

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the point at which a line intersects a coordinate axis
  2. [v]  seize on its way; "The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace"
  3. [v]  tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information; "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?"

INTERCEPT is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: bug, stop, tap, wiretap
 See Also: catch, cut off, cut out, eavesdrop, grab, listen in, point, take hold of



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In`ter*cept"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intercepted}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Intercepting}.] [L. interceptus, p. p. of
    intercipere to intercept; inter between + capere to take,
    seize: cf. F. intercepter. See {Capable}.]
    1. To take or seize by the way, or before arrival at the
       destined place; to cause to stop on the passage; as, to
       intercept a letter; a telegram will intercept him at
             God will shortly intercept your breath. --Joye.
    2. To obstruct or interrupt the progress of; to stop; to
       hinder or oppose; as, to intercept the current of a river.
             Who intercepts me in my expedition?   --Shak.
             We must meet first, and intercept his course.
    3. To interrupt communication with, or progress toward; to
       cut off, as the destination; to blockade.
             While storms vindictive intercept the shore. --Pope.
    4. (Math.) To include between; as, that part of the line
       which is intercepted between the points A and B.
    Syn: To cut off; stop; catch; seize; obstruct.
  2. \In"ter*cept`\, n. (Math.)
    A part cut off or intercepted, as a portion of a line
    included between two points, or cut off two straight lines or
Thesaurus Terms
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