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also in·ter·cept·er  (ĭn′tər-sĕp′tər)
One that intercepts, specifically a fast-climbing, highly maneuverable fighter plane designed to intercept enemy aircraft or a guided missile designed to intercept enemy missiles and spacecraft.


(ˌɪntəˈsɛptə) or


1. a person or thing that intercepts
2. (Military) a fast highly manoeuvrable fighter aircraft used to intercept enemy aircraft


or in•ter•cept•er

(ˌɪn tərˈsɛp tər)

1. a person or thing that intercepts.
2. a fighter airplane capable of speedily intercepting hostile aircraft.
[1590–1600; < Latin]


A manned aircraft utilized for identification and/or engagement of airborne objects.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.interceptor - a fast maneuverable fighter plane designed to intercept enemy aircraftinterceptor - a fast maneuverable fighter plane designed to intercept enemy aircraft
attack aircraft, fighter aircraft, fighter - a high-speed military or naval airplane designed to destroy enemy aircraft in the air


[ˌɪntəˈseptəʳ] Ninterceptor m


n (Aviat) → Abfangjäger m
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