intercept | |
—vb | |
1. | to stop, deflect, or seize on the way from one place to another; prevent from arriving or proceeding |
2. | sport to seize or cut off (a pass) on its way from one opponent to another |
3. | maths to cut off, mark off, or bound (some part of a line, curve, plane, or surface) |
—n | |
4. | maths |
a. a point at which two figures intersect | |
b. the distance from the origin to the point at which a line, curve, or surface cuts a coordinate axis | |
c. an intercepted segment | |
5. | (US), (Canadian) sport the act of intercepting an opponent's pass |
[C16: from Latin intercipere to seize before arrival, from | |
inter'ception | |
—n | |
inter'ceptive | |
—adj |
intercept (ĭn'tər-sěpt') Pronunciation Key
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. |