intercept

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v intercept seize on its way "The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace"
    • v intercept tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy","Is this hotel room bugged?"
    • n intercept the point at which a line intersects a coordinate axis
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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 Intercept (Math) A part cut off or intercepted, as a portion of a line included between two points, or cut off two straight lines or curves.
    • Intercept (Sports) To catch and take possession of (a ball passed between members of an opposing team); as, the back intercepted the pass and ran the ball back for a touchdown.
    • Intercept (Math) To include between; as, that part of the line which is intercepted between the points A and B.
    • Intercept To interrupt communication with, or progress toward; to cut off, as the destination; to blockade. "While storms vindictive intercept the shore."
    • Intercept To obstruct or interrupt the progress of; to stop; to hinder or oppose; as, to intercept the current of a river. "Who intercepts me in my expedition?""We must meet first, and intercept his course."
    • Intercept To overhear or view (a communication or message intended for another), without hindering its passage; as, to intercept a telephone call.
    • Intercept To take or seize by the way, or before arrival at the destined place; to cause to stop on the passage; as, to intercept a letter; a telegram will intercept him at Paris. "God will shortly intercept your breath."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • intercept To take or seize by the way; interrupt the passage or the course of; bring to a halt or a stop: as, to intercept a letter or a messenger; to intercept rays of light.
    • intercept To interrupt connection with or relation to; cut or shut off by interposition or interference; obstruct: as, to intercept one's view or outlook.
    • intercept To interrupt; break off; put an end to.
    • intercept In mathematics, to hold, include, or comprehend.
    • n intercept That which is intercepted; specifically, in geometry, the part of a line lying between the two points at which it is intersected by two other lines, by a curve, by two planes, or by a surface.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Intercept in-tėr-sept′ to stop and seize on its passage: to obstruct, check: to interrupt communication with: to cut off:
    • v.t Intercept in-tėr-sept′ (math.) to take or comprehend between
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Quotations

  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.”
  • Chinese Proverb
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    “Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Everything intercepts us from ourselves.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. interceptus, p. p. of intercipere, to intercept; inter, between + capere, to take, seize: cf. F. intercepter,. See Capable
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. intercipĕre, -ceptuminter, between, capĕre, to seize.

Usage

In literature:

They drove on, pushing against a fierce wind, that appeared like an invisible iron barrier to intercept their way.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
INTERCEPTING THE MARCH OF THE CONFEDERATES.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Conquest of the Savages" by Roger Thompson Finlay
But every message that he intercepted was sent by a regularly licensed station.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
Were her letters and mine intercepted?
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
They were trained at first for a few days at Tundra, the wireless station used by the British and French for intercepting messages.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
From what Verinder had told her she surmised that Jack had tried to reach the railroad with his ore and been intercepted.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
The Spaniards are moving in three detachments to intercept us; we must crush them one by one.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
Rube himself might be intercepted, or slain?
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
But they had left Stone and two men charged with intercepting Laramie on his return.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
The animal sees himself intercepted, turns and runs back, and again turning, makes a desperate rush to pass the vidette.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
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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:

Grand Island's Ethan McGowan runs past North Platte defender Bishop Brown after intercepting a pass late in the fourth quarter of Friday's game against North Platte at Senior High.
OPP — Opp caught four interceptions and got a fumble recovery in a 39-6 homecoming rout over Southside-Selma on Friday night.
Michael Zamora/Caller-Times Orange Grove 's Rayce Gatlin runs the ball down the field after intercepting the ball from Raymondville Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 during their playoff game at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville.
John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer After three interceptions on Sunday.
Adrian Peterson kept the Vikings in the game by rushing for 182 yards on 17 carries and 2 touchdowns but Christian Ponder's struggled throughout the game completing just 11-22 for 64 yards and 1 interception.
Intercept's Pantheon PCB design software wins NPI award.
Intercept Technology's Pantheon 7 layout software soon to be 3D.
TOUCHDOWN CATCH Dodge County Indian receiver Curtis Rushing is shown intercepting a Falcon pass and returning it for a 75 yard touchdown last Friday at East Laurens.
Nine straight wins … three interceptions returned for touchdowns … These Cavs are butter because they are on a roll.
Nine straight wins … three interceptions returned for touchdowns.
The Patriots cashed in on a 99-yard kickoff return and a pass interception for another touchdown.
Is the discovery at Barnes & Noble of a scheme to intercept customers' credit-card information at the self-swipe machines.
PELION — Crescent's Dalston Davis ran and passed for a touchdown in addition to intercepting two passes in a 35-13 victory over Pelion (3-8) in the first round of the Class 2A, Division I playoffs.
In his debut, the Panthers Brian St Pierre threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns in Carolina's 37-13 loss to Baltimore.
However, an interception ruined the Wildcats' rally in an 18-15 loss.
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In science:

The effective airmass (the y -intercept of the line fit) for each co-added image was used in the photometric transformation equations.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
Determined by simple linear regression (least squares) on sets of 37 points. (3) Intercept of the same relationship.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
The dashed line shows this variation while the solid line is the intercept corresponding to Beq = Bc .
Characteristics Of A Magnetic Buoyancy Driven Solar Dynamo Model
The vertical intercepts and rms residuals (mag) are listed at upper right.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
Figure 10: Distribution of reconsructed CR track intercepts on the radiator plane for particles producing one hit or more on the detector (see text).
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
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