Definitions of intercept

  1. 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?"
  2. the point at which a line intersects a coordinate axis
  3. seize on its way; " The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace"
  4. 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 Paris.
  5. To obstruct or interrupt the progress of; to stop; to hinder or oppose; as, to intercept the current of a river.
  6. To interrupt communication with, or progress toward; to cut off, as the destination; to blockade.
  7. To include between; as, that part of the line which is intercepted between the points A and B.
  8. A part cut off or intercepted, as a portion of a line included between two points, or cut off two straight lines or curves.
  9. To stop and seize in the way; cut off; to come in the way of.
  10. To stop and seize on its passage: to obstruct, check: to interrupt communication with: to cut off: ( math.) to take or compre hend between.
  12. Interception.
  13. To catch by the way; interrupt communication with.
  14. To interrupt the course of; stop in transmission.
  15. Intercepter or interceptor.
  16. To seize by the way; to stop on its passage; to interrupt communication with; to comprehend between.
  17. To take or seize on by the way; to obstruct; to interrupt communication with; to cut off.

Usage examples for intercept

  1. 68 Nay, if thy shade but intercept the beam That gilds their boughs beneath the briny lake, Swift they retire, like a deluding dream, And even a shadow for destruction take. – The Poems of Philip Freneau, Volume I (of III) by Philip Freneau
  2. Millions were floating on the waters, entrusted to the skill of merchant- seamen to convey them home in safety, and to their courage to defend them from the enemy, which had long been lying in wait to intercept them. – Newton Forster by Frederick Marryat
  3. Having taken in wood and water, we weighed anchor and stood for Patane, as well as a bad wind would permit; for we found the winds in these months very contrary, keeping always at N. or N. W. or N. E. While near Pulo Laor, on the 12th December, we descried three sail, and sent our pinnace and shallop after one of them which was nearest, while we staid with the ship, thinking to intercept the other two; but they stood another course in the night, so that we saw them no more. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII. by Robert Kerr
  4. Behind it the land swelled again so as to intercept the view of the town. – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake
  5. It should be added that internal customs are collected by the provincial authorities, who usually intercept them and use them for private armies and civil war. – The Problem of China by Bertrand Russell
  6. He leaned forward and whispered,- " I know the Ambassador; if you do not wish to meet him, I will intercept him." – Jennie Baxter, Journalist by Robert Barr
  7. Send men to Bear Top Pass, intercept man with young woman, or come to rescue if he don't cross. – Sawtooth Ranch by B. M. Bower
  8. He waited near the trail to intercept Billings and Moore on their way to the ranch- house; and to his surprise they appeared sooner than it would have been reasonable to expect them. – The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey
  9. The Arrapahoes were left in the prairie around the city to intercept those who might endeavour to escape by land. – Monsieur Violet by Frederick Marryat
  10. Involuntarily I started forward to intercept. – Desert Dust by Edwin L. Sabin
  11. " All these and other troops are marching night and day to intercept us. – With Moore At Corunna by G. A. Henty
  12. I inquired when you designed to return, that I might plant myself at Bristol, and intercept you on your way. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  13. Her Majesty's easiest way to France was by sea, and to prevent this Cromwell had sent a fleet to Torbay to intercept her, should she attempt to leave England by that route. – Exeter by Sidney Heath
  14. All I fear is that they may intercept the Torche. – Springhaven A Tale of the Great War by R. D. Blackmore
  15. She knew he would come by the short cut, across the fields, so she took that way to intercept him, in spite of the stiles. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  16. He was then thirty miles away from the commandoes, but instantly despatched a report to us to come post- haste so as to attack the enemy at Dewetsdorp or intercept them, should they try to join the main body, which was advancing under Gatacre on Reddersburg. – In the Shadow of Death by P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
  17. Imagine the state of mind of a man- however thirsty he may be- who endeavors to pursue and intercept all these streams! – Pagan & Christian Creeds Their Origin and Meaning by Edward Carpenter
  18. Some distance away still, the British fleet was approaching in an endeavor to intercept the retreat of the enemy. – The Boy Allies at Jutland by Robert L. Drake
  19. It turned and whirled along the sandy levels in another direction, and he turned too and ran toward a point at which he thought he could intercept it. – With Hoops of Steel by Florence Finch Kelly
  20. Would some of the boys intercept him, so that he should never come at all? – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan