a person or thing that intercepts.
Military. a fighter aircraft with fast-reaction capabilities, used to identify and, if appropriate, engage other aircraft in combat.
Also, intercepter.

1590–1600; < Latin, equivalent to intercep- (see intercept) + -tor -tor2 Unabridged
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interceptor or intercepter (ˌɪntəˈsɛptə)
1.  a person or thing that intercepts
2.  a fast highly manoeuvrable fighter aircraft used to intercept enemy aircraft
intercepter or intercepter

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The article kicked off the first public discussion of nuclear interceptor
  missiles in many years.
Interceptor, reconnaissance and cargo types are all being studied.
The prototype point-defense interceptor didn't need a runway, but that was
  about the only thing in its favor.
There have been several carefully planned tests in which an interceptor has
  shot down an object traveling in space.
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