intercept Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the point at which a line intersects a coordinate axis
  2. verb seize on its way
    • The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace
  3. verb tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
    wiretap; tap; bug.
    • The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy
    • Is this hotel room bugged?


In`ter*cept" transitive verb
L. interceptus, p. p. of intercipere to intercept; inter between + capere to take, seize: cf. F. intercepter. See Capable.
imperfect & past participle Intercepted; present participle & verbal noun 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 ine which is intercepted between the points A and B. Syn. -- To cut off; stop; catch; seize; obstruct.
In"ter*cept` noun
  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.

Webster 1913