Definition of interception in English:


Syllabification: in·ter·cep·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌintərˈsepSHən


  • 1An act or instance of intercepting something, particularly:
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    • A number of finely timed interceptions and tackles.
    • Players in the zone perform more game changing moves, like forcing fumbles or interceptions, or breaking tackles or opening holes for larger plays.
    • There is now a touch of elegance and effectiveness in his interceptions and tackling.
  • 1.1 Football An act of a defensive player catching a forward pass: Oliver forced a fumble and had three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns
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    • Always known as a fearless tackler, he has improved his pass defense (nine interceptions the past two seasons).
    • His defense against the pass was exemplary in 1999, as he finished with a career-high 12 passes defensed and one interception.
    • He had 119 tackles, two interceptions and eight passes defensed in 2002.
  • 1.2An act or instance of receiving electronic transmissions before they reach the intended recipient: designed for the clandestine interception of other people’s telephone calls
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    • But to reduce the chance of electronic interception, that PIN is not entered into the PC or transmitted to the server as part of the log-in process.
    • Under the wiretap statute, the unauthorized interception of electronic communications and the use or disclosure of information obtained thereby is prohibited.
    • Another side effect of badly designed systems is the interception of emails that the intended recipient would want to receive.

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