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intercept
The intercept form of the equation of a line is x/a
+
y/b
=1.

in·ter·cept

 (ĭn′tər-sĕpt′)
tr.v. in·ter·cept·ed, in·ter·cept·ing, in·ter·cepts
1. To stop, deflect, or interrupt the progress or intended course of: intercepted me with a message as I was leaving.
2. Sports
a. To gain possession of (an opponent's pass), as in football or basketball.
b. To gain possession of a pass made by (an opponent), especially in football.
3. To slow or prevent (precipitation) from reaching the ground. Used of vegetation.
4. Mathematics
a. To intersect (a coordinate axis).
b. To include or bound (a part of a space or curve) between two points or lines.
5. Archaic To prevent.
6. Obsolete To cut off from access or communication.
n. (ĭn′tər-sĕpt′)
1. Mathematics The point or coordinates at which a line, curve, or surface intersects a coordinate axis.
2.
a. The interception of a missile by another missile or an aircraft by another aircraft.
b. Interception of a radio transmission.
3. An interceptor.

[Middle English intercepten, from Latin intercipere, intercept- : inter-, inter- + capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

in′ter·cep′tive adj.

intercept

vb (tr)
1. to stop, deflect, or seize on the way from one place to another; prevent from arriving or proceeding
2. (Team Sports, other than specified) sport to seize or cut off (a pass) on its way from one opponent to another
3. (Mathematics) maths to cut off, mark off, or bound (some part of a line, curve, plane, or surface)
n
4. (Mathematics) maths
a. a point at which two figures intersect
b. the distance from the origin to the point at which a line, curve, or surface cuts a coordinate axis
c. an intercepted segment
5. (Team Sports, other than specified) sport US and Canadian the act of intercepting an opponent's pass
[C16: from Latin intercipere to seize before arrival, from inter- + capere to take]
ˌinterˈception n
ˌinterˈceptive adj

in•ter•cept

(v. ˌɪn tərˈsɛpt; n. ˈɪn tərˌsɛpt)
v.t.
1. to take, seize, or halt (someone or something on the way from one place to another); cut off from an intended destination: to intercept a messenger.
2. to secretly listen to or record (a transmitted communication).
3. to stop or interrupt the course, progress, or transmission of.
4. to take possession of (a ball or puck) during an attempted pass by an opposing team.
5. to stop or check (passage, travel, etc.): to intercept an escape.
6. to catch up to and destroy (an aircraft or missile).
7. Math. to mark off or include, as between two points or lines.
8. to intersect.
9. Obs. to prevent the operation or effect of.
10. Obs. to cut off from access, sight, etc.
n.
12. an intercepted communication.
13. Math.
a. an intercepted segment of a line.
b. (in a coordinate system) the distance from the origin to the point at which a curve or line intersects an axis.
[1535–45; < Latin interceptus, past participle of intercipere to intercept =inter- inter- + -cipere, comb. form of capere to take]
in`ter•cep′tive, adj.

in·ter·cept

(ĭn′tər-sĕpt′)
Mathematics
In a Cartesian coordinate system, the coordinate of a point at which a line, curve, or surface intersects a coordinate axis. If a curve intersects the x-axis at (4,0), then 4 is the curve's x-intercept; if the curve intersects the y-axis at (0,2), then 2 is its y-intercept.

intercept


Past participle: intercepted
Gerund: intercepting

Imperative
intercept
intercept
Present
I intercept
you intercept
he/she/it intercepts
we intercept
you intercept
they intercept
Preterite
I intercepted
you intercepted
he/she/it intercepted
we intercepted
you intercepted
they intercepted
Present Continuous
I am intercepting
you are intercepting
he/she/it is intercepting
we are intercepting
you are intercepting
they are intercepting
Present Perfect
I have intercepted
you have intercepted
he/she/it has intercepted
we have intercepted
you have intercepted
they have intercepted
Past Continuous
I was intercepting
you were intercepting
he/she/it was intercepting
we were intercepting
you were intercepting
they were intercepting
Past Perfect
I had intercepted
you had intercepted
he/she/it had intercepted
we had intercepted
you had intercepted
they had intercepted
Future
I will intercept
you will intercept
he/she/it will intercept
we will intercept
you will intercept
they will intercept
Future Perfect
I will have intercepted
you will have intercepted
he/she/it will have intercepted
we will have intercepted
you will have intercepted
they will have intercepted
Future Continuous
I will be intercepting
you will be intercepting
he/she/it will be intercepting
we will be intercepting
you will be intercepting
they will be intercepting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been intercepting
you have been intercepting
he/she/it has been intercepting
we have been intercepting
you have been intercepting
they have been intercepting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been intercepting
you will have been intercepting
he/she/it will have been intercepting
we will have been intercepting
you will have been intercepting
they will have been intercepting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been intercepting
you had been intercepting
he/she/it had been intercepting
we had been intercepting
you had been intercepting
they had been intercepting
Conditional
I would intercept
you would intercept
he/she/it would intercept
we would intercept
you would intercept
they would intercept
Past Conditional
I would have intercepted
you would have intercepted
he/she/it would have intercepted
we would have intercepted
you would have intercepted
they would have intercepted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.intercept - the point at which a line intersects a coordinate axisintercept - the point at which a line intersects a coordinate axis
point - a geometric element that has position but no extension; "a point is defined by its coordinates"
Verb1.intercept - seize on its way; "The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace"
grab, take hold of, catch - take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of; "Catch the ball!"; "Grab the elevator door!"
cut out, cut off - cut off and stop; "The bicyclist was cut out by the van"
2.intercept - tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information; "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?"
eavesdrop, listen in - listen without the speaker's knowledge; "the jealous man was eavesdropping on his wife's conversations"

intercept

verb catch, take, stop, check, block, arrest, seize, cut off, interrupt, head off, deflect, obstruct Gunmen intercepted him on the way to the airport.

intercept

verb
To block the progress of and force to change direction:
Translations
يَعْتَرِض، يوقِف
chytit
opsnappestandse
katkaistakeskeyttääpysäyttääriistääsiepata
presrestipresretati
stöîva e-î á miîri leiî
傍受奪う迎撃阻止する
pačiupimaspaėmimassučiupti
pārtvert
durdurmakyolunu kesmek

intercept

[ˌɪntəˈsept] VT (= interfere with) [+ message, missile] → interceptar; (= stop) → detener; (= cut off) → atajar, cortar (Sport) [+ pass] → cortar, interceptar (Math) → cortar

intercept

[ˌɪntərˈsɛpt] vt
[+ message, letter] → intercepter
[+ plane, missile] → intercepter
[+ person] → intercepter

intercept

vt message, person, plane, passabfangen; (Math) → abschneiden; they intercepted the enemysie schnitten dem Feind den Weg ab

intercept

[vb ˌɪntəˈsɛpt; n ˈɪntəˌsɛpt]
1. vtintercettare
2. n (Math) → intersezione f

intercept

(intəˈsept) verb
to stop or catch (a person, thing etc) before he, it etc arrives at the place to which he, it etc is going, being sent etc. The messenger was intercepted on his way to the king.
ˌinterˈception noun
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I'll ride on, intercept him, and try my Spanish on him.
He zealously undertook to do so, and to intercept any newspaper through which it might, without such precautions, reach him.
The neighbourhood, however, highly approved of these arrangements, and we were much admired as we went through the village; the more youthful and vigorous part of the community making dashes now and then to cut us off, and lying in wait to intercept us at points of vantage.
This report, These tidings carrie to th' anointed King; And fly, ere evil intercept thy flight.
Hundreds of broad-headed, short-stemmed, wide-branched oaks, which had witnessed perhaps the stately march of the Roman soldiery, flung their gnarled arms over a thick carpet of the most delicious green sward; in some places they were intermingled with beeches, hollies, and copsewood of various descriptions, so closely as totally to intercept the level beams of the sinking sun; in others they receded from each other, forming those long sweeping vistas, in the intricacy of which the eye delights to lose itself, while imagination considers them as the paths to yet wilder scenes of silvan solitude.
He was a banker, and his object as such was to intercept and appropriate the immense saving which the banking system effects, and so, as far as possible, to leave the rest of the world working just as hard as before banking was introduced.
No one was near to intercept me, and I reached the main floor of the chamber unobserved, taking my station in the shadow of the same column that Tars Tarkas had but just deserted.
Several of the blacks saw her and tried to intercept her flight, but the menace of the empty weapon kept them at a distance.
I saw her plunge into them, and Moreau, running slantingly to intercept her, fired and missed as she disappeared.
They were all stalking seaward, as if to intercept the escape of the multitudinous vessels that were crowded between Foulness and the Naze.
He heard her approach and withdraw from the partially open door; and twice or three times he even saw the shadow of a person intercept the light.
I saw your vessel, and fearful of being left to perish on the desolate island, I swam off on a piece of wreckage to try and intercept your course.