intercept

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intercept (plural intercepts)

  1. An interception of a radio broadcast or a telephone call.
  2. ​An interception of a missile.
  3. (algebraic geometry) The coordinate of the point at which a curve intersects an axis.
    • 2012, Alice Kaseberg, Greg Cripe, Peter Wildman, Introductory Algebra: Everyday Explorations, page 278
      Because the horizontal-axis intercept occurs when y=0 and the vertical-axis intercept occurs when x=0, we can find the intercepts algebraically.

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  • (an interception of a radio broadcast or a telephone call): bug

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intercept (third-person singular simple present intercepts, present participle intercepting, simple past and past participle intercepted)

  1. (transitive) To stop, deflect or divert (something in progress or motion).
    The police intercepted the package of stolen goods while it was in transit.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure Part 2
      ...and made every vein of my body circulate liquid fires: the emotion grew so violent that it almost intercepted my respiration.
  2. (transitive, sports) To gain possession of (the ball) in a ball game.

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