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interceptor

Syllabification: in·ter·cep·tor
Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈseptər
 
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Definition of interceptor in English:

noun

1A person or thing that stops or catches (someone or something) going from one place to another.
Example sentences
  • Approximately 4,600 small interceptors would be deployed in orbit, each capable of homing in on and destroying incoming hostile warheads.
  • There is also the issue that point short-range interceptors, when dealing with incoming missiles, are most effective when nuclear tipped.
  • ‘The ABM treaty is a relic of the past,’ Bush said, arguing in favour of a missile defence system of interceptors to protect against incoming missiles from ‘rogue’ states.
1.1A fast aircraft for stopping or repelling hostile aircraft.
Example sentences
  • Fighter jets provide escort, tail aircraft and act as interceptors.
  • He effectively shows, even to the novice, that the design requirements for interceptors, ‘bomber-fighters,’ and air-superiority fighters are very dissimilar.
  • Fighter interceptors stayed on high alert, ready to respond within minutes to identify and monitor suspicious aircraft.

Words that rhyme with interceptor

Cirencester • Sylvester

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