interceptor

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

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

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First Known Use of interceptor

1598


INTERCEPTOR Defined for English Language Learners

interceptor

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Definition of interceptor for English Language Learners

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



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