Intercept

Definition of Intercept

In`ter`cept´
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Intercepted; p. pr. & vb. n. Intercepting.]
1.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.
- Joye.
2.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?
- Shak.
We must meet first, and intercept his course.
- Dryden.
3.To interrupt communication with, or progress toward; to cut off, as the destination; to blockade.
While storms vindictive intercept the shore.
- Pope.
4.(Math.) To include between; as, that part of the line which is intercepted between the points A and B.
5.To overhear or view (a communication or message intended for another), without hindering its passage; as, to intercept a telephone call.
6.(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.
n.1.(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.

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