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interceptor

noun in·ter·cep·tor \ˌin-tər-ˈsep-tər\

Simple Definition of interceptor

  • : a fast military plane or missile used to defend against enemy planes or enemy missiles

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of interceptor

  1. :  one that intercepts; specifically :  a light high-speed fast-climbing fighter plane or missile designed for defense against raiding bombers or missiles

1598

First Known Use of interceptor

1598

Variants of interceptor

also

intercepter

play \ˌin-tər-ˈsep-tər\


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