in·ter·cep·tion | \ˌin-tər-ˈsep-shən \

Definition of interception 

1a : the action of intercepting

b : the state of being intercepted

2 : something that is intercepted especially : an intercepted forward pass

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The 11-time Pro Bowler posted a 112:42 touchdown-to-interception ratio while guiding the Packers to a 37-11 mark during that span. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Brett Favre's former teammate 'beginning to buy into the hype' about Patrick Mahomes," 2 July 2018 Last season, Connor Soelle had 132 tackles, 21 ½ for losses, four sacks, three caused fumbles and five interceptions. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Saguaro linebacker Connor Soelle commits to Arizona State football," 20 June 2018 Pilcher, a two-time first-team All-County selection, led the Eagles in nearly every statistical category, including goals (50), assists (16), points (66), caused turnovers (17) and interceptions (six). Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Glenelg senior Anna Callahan seizes girls lacrosse Player of the Year honors," 12 June 2018 Their previous quarterback threw for 4,026 yards, 26 touchdowns, five interceptions and led the league in passer rating. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Patrick Mahomes may be a star someday. But Thursday was a learning day | The Kansas City Star," 24 May 2018 The University of Oklahoma cornerback had five interceptions as a sophomore in 2015 and was being projected by ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay as the best corner in the 2017 draft. Paul Domowitch,, "Humbled rookie cornerback Jordan Thomas determined to prove his worth to Eagles," 11 May 2018 According to Max Preps, as a junior last season at Sheldon, Johnson completed 83 of 133 passes (.624) for 1,218 yards and 21 touchdowns, with five interceptions. Susan Miller Degnan, miamiherald, "UM football just got more good news. One of the nation's top prep QBs delivered it. | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 Campbell was a turnover machine in 2017, grabbing five interceptions and forcing three fumbles., "Cleveland Browns 2018 undrafted rookie free agent tracker: Live updates," 29 Apr. 2018 Hill was a Class 7A first-team All-State selection last season after breaking up 26 passes and recording five interceptions in 11 games. Daniel Boyette,, "Deion Sanders offers high praise for in-state, 4-star CB," 26 Apr. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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