Definition of interception in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈsepSH(ə)n/


1An act or instance of intercepting something, particularly:
Example sentences
  • 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 American 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
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with interception

conception, contraception, deception, exception, inception, misconception, perception, reception

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Syllabification: in·ter·cep·tion

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