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interceptor

[in-ter-sep-ter] /ˌɪn tərˈsɛp tər/
noun
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.
Also, intercepter.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin, equivalent to intercep- (see intercept) + -tor -tor2
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British Dictionary definitions for intercepter

interceptor

/ˌɪntəˈsɛptə/
noun
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 intercepter

interceptor

n.

1590s, from Latin interceptor, agent noun from intercipere (see intercept). As a type of fast fighter aircraft, from 1930.

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