• WordNet 3.6
    • n interception (American football) the act of catching a football by a player on the opposing team
    • n interception the act of intercepting; preventing something from proceeding or arriving "he resorted to the interception of his daughter's letters","he claimed that the interception of one missile by another would be impossible"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The football huddle started at Gallaudet University (the world's only accredited four-year liberal arts college for the deaf) in the 19th century when the football team found that opposing teams were reading their signed messages and intercepting their plays.
    • n Interception The act of intercepting; as, interception of a letter; interception of the enemy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n interception The act of intercepting; a stopping or cutting off; obstruction; hindrance.
    • n interception Intrusion; intervention.
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  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Everything intercepts us from ourselves.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. interceptio, a taking away: cf. F. interception,


In literature:

Counting the Essex this made eight ships speeding northward to intercept the enemy.
"The Boy Allies with the Victorious Fleets" by Robert L. Drake
You may intercept supplies, intelligence, &c, sent to them.
"Some Principles of Maritime Strategy" by Julian Stafford Corbett
Shouldn't I now intercept her, explain who I was, and offer to escort her along the tracks back to town?
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
It might have been interesting to tarry there within ear-shot, but I wanted to get back to the road to intercept Steele.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
If she could only intercept Locke before he reached the dock!
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
Before she could reach it, her husband had intercepted her.
"Bought and Paid For" by Arthur Hornblow
Where these spokes intercept the outer circle a small circle is drawn.
"School, Church, and Home Games" by George O. Draper
He did not voice his suspicion that the Mexican had been intercepted by the Rutherfords.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
Dr. Ob ran out to intercept it.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
Kathlyn, realizing that it was useless to attempt to move this man, turned and started to run, but he intercepted her.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Feed an increased quantity through the oil pipe to the intercepting valve.
"The Traveling Engineers' Association" by Anonymous
With a word to the guard he crossed the floor to intercept Mrs. Dupont.
"Molly McDonald" by Randall Parrish
Merwin and his men remained in the vicinity to intercept any band of Indians that might be passing westward.
"The New England Magazine, Volume 1, No. 5, Bay State Monthly, Volume 4, No. 5, May, 1886" by Various
Hotham detached Nelson with a small squadron to intercept their supplies and co-operate with the Austrians.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Whichever way the schooner went, she was sure to be intercepted by one or the other of them.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
Herr Linke was bent upon intercepting any message which might come to the Hotel Europa for the Englishman.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
He was determined, if she should come again, to intercept his visitor.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
Vigorous pursuit might intercept Lee on this side of the Potomac.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
The Q 19 was waiting in the Straits expecting to intercept three big U-boats on their way back to Heligoland.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
Sim was waggling his wings, ordering the boys to spread out and get set for interception.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery

In poetry:

The moon in silver glory shone,
And not a cloud in sight;
When suddenly a shade begun
To intercept her light.
"The Moon In Silver Glory Shone" by John Newton
Made the high mountain and firm rock,
Where bleating cattle stray;
And the strong, stately, spreading oak,
That intercepts the day.
"Hymn To God's Power" by James Thomson
No darkness now, no dismal night,
No vapour intercepts the light;
We see for ever face to face,
The highest Prince in highest place.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
These royalties rust-eaten,
These worm-corroded lies,
That keep thine head storm-beaten
And sunlike strength of eyes
From the open heaven and air of intercepted skies;
"A Marching Song" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
A land of lovers false and gay;
A land where people dread a "curse;"
A land of letters gone astray,
Or intercepted, which is worse;
Where weddings false fond maids betray,
And all the babes are changed at nurse.
"Partant Pour La Scribie" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Tied 3-3 at the half, Bryson James intercepted a pass and Montavious Williams recovered a fumble, with both leading to Michel Chapuseaux field goals that would provide the final margin of victory as the Jags improved to 1-1 on the season.
Donovan McNabb seems to have the same reaction whether he throws a completion, incompletion, touchdown or interception.
Intercepted Syrian jetliner was carrying 'munitions' from Russia, says Turkey.
Clemson safety Jonathan Meeks was selected the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week on Thursday after recording two key interceptions in a 38-17 win against Virginia Tech.
Pilots scrambled to intercept wayward plane so quickly there was no time to arm their jets.
Michael DeMocker/The Times-Picayune Atlanta Falcons second-year quarterback Matt Ryan had some impressive moments in Monday night's game against New Orleans, but the Saints stood tall and intercepted three of his passes.
On Lapel 's next possession, Ethan Pearson came up with a clutch interception.
The fumble came while Mike Jenkins was returnin a third quarter interception of a Donovan McNabb pass.
Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma and Intercept Pharmaceuticals Announce Agreement to Develop and Commercialize Obeticholic Acid (INT-747) for Chronic Liver Disease .
The Bundeswehr conducted its first firing under its own responsibility of its Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar system last month.
With Sean Mannion's four interceptions, the Beavers committed six turnovers Saturday.
David Amerson intercepted 13 passes last season, setting a Wolfpack and ACC record.
Banks' interception near end of first half is turning point.
St Louis Rams cornerback Bradley Fletcher celebrates with Quintin Mikell (27) after intercepting a pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept 30, 2012, in St Louis.
Moore blocks Detroit QB Matthew Stafford as Tim Jennings returns a 4th quarter interception.

In science:

The geometric correction is rigorous in the sense that the correction done by the FZL is done for all the wavelengths intercepted.
Fresnel Interferometric Imager: ground-based prototype
We see that the two sets of points form a fairly good line with an intercept close to the origin.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
The presence of the active layer however allows to intercept simultaneously the remaining energy, giving rise to a "mixed” event that will lie in the region between the two bands in the scatter plot, as shown above.
Surface-sensitive macrobolometers for the identification of external charged particles
Note. — The slope, intercept, χs , and degrees of freedom (dof ) for the best error-weighted linear fits for the whole sample of X-ray detected galaxies, and per spectral type.
Probing the Balance of AGN and Star-Forming Activity in the Local Universe with ChaMP
The 14-cm high by 22.5-cm radial by 15-cm deep calorimeter dimensions were largely dictated by the available space and the need to have a sufficient radial extension to intercept the positrons.
A Tungsten / Scintillating Fiber Electromagnetic Calorimeter Prototype for a High-Rate Muon g-2 Experiment
While the lead detector has a vertical intercept consistent with zero, the tungsten detector has a negative offset of 28 channels.
A Tungsten / Scintillating Fiber Electromagnetic Calorimeter Prototype for a High-Rate Muon g-2 Experiment
The linearity of the tungsten detector is good; however, the evident negative intercept (-28 ADC counts) was likely caused by a small dc offset that was integrated over the gate width.
A Tungsten / Scintillating Fiber Electromagnetic Calorimeter Prototype for a High-Rate Muon g-2 Experiment
The W dependence of the cross sections is presented in Fig. 19 in the form of the intercept of the effective pomeron trajectory, αIP (0), to allow comparison between different channels with different t dependences.
Diffractive Electroproduction of rho and phi Mesons at HERA
This “hardening ” of the W distribution is described in terms of the intercept αIP (0) of the effective V )/4 up to about 3 GeV2 , the W depenRegge trajectory.
Diffractive Electroproduction of rho and phi Mesons at HERA
Further research into both methods is proposed and a suggestion is made to use line-intercept sampling combined with Markov Chain modelling in the second approach.
Variable Second-Order Inclusion Probabilities as a Tool to Predict the Sampling Variance
Nevertheless, it is remarkable that a global fit to soft data leads to a hard pomeron with an intercept ≈ 1.4, perfectly compatible with that obtained by Donnachie and Landshoff in DIS.
The Total Cross Section at the LHC: Models and Experimental Consequences
The χ−1 = 0 intercept of the curves reveals the ‘short ranged’ part of the interaction.
Pure and Random-Field Quantum Criticality in the Dipolar Ising Model: Theory of $Mn_{12}$ acetates
The exact amount of mid-infrared emission in the final SEDs can be adjusted by varying the degree of flaring of the disk (through the parameter β ), which will affect the amount of (proto)starlight intercepted and reprocessed by, and thus the temperature profile of, the disk.
Evolutionary Signatures in the Formation of Low-Mass Protostars. II. Towards Reconciling Models and Observations
It is well known that these quantities are independent of the system size and should intercept at the critical temperature31 .
Blume-Capel model on directed and undirected Small-World Voronoi-Delaunay random lattices
Weigert, Quark loop contribution to BFKL evolution: Running coupling and leading-N(f ) NLO intercept, accepted for publication at Nucl.
R-Current DIS on a Shock Wave: Beyond the Eikonal Approximation