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interception

[in-ter-sep-shuh n] /ˌɪn tərˈsɛp ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of intercepting.
2.
the state or fact of being intercepted.
3.
Military.
  1. the engaging of an enemy force in an attempt to hinder or prevent it from carrying out its mission.
  2. the monitoring of enemy radio transmission to obtain information.
Origin of interception
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin interceptiōn- (stem of interceptiō). See intercept, -ion
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  • He smiled with relief as pips sparked into life, indicating the interception of homing missiles.

    The Butterfly Kiss Arthur Dekker Savage
  • The interception of all lateral light caused a dismal gloom.

  • They even estimate with remarkable correctness the distance and height of buildings by the reflection or interception of sound.

    Popular Education Ira Mayhew
  • They are the last and possibly by far the most important “safety” in case of interception.

  • Sim was waggling his wings, ordering the boys to spread out and get set for interception.

  • The suppressed psychic impulse remains strong enough to revenge itself, by discontent and interception, on the suppressing agency.

    Delusion and Dream Wilhelm Jensen
  • It should never mean worse if the danger of interception is properly guarded.

Word Origin and History for interception
n.

early 15c., "action of intercepting" (the flow of a bodily fluid), from Latin interceptionem (nominative interceptio) "a seizing, taking away," noun of action from intercipere (see intercept). Specific football/rugby sense is attested by 1906. Meaning "action of closing in on and destroying an enemy aircraft, etc." is recorded from 1941.

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