in·​ter·​cep·​tion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce interception (audio) \

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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With the Vikings often struggling last season in the running game, Cousins threw for 4,298 yards and 30 touchdowns, along with 10 interceptions and seven lost fumbles, which were tied for the NFL lead. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings GM Rick Spielman trying to push QB Kirk Cousins to ‘next level’," 6 June 2019 Slay, 28, made his second straight Pro Bowl last season but saw his interceptions fall from eight to three in his first year playing in Patricia's defense. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Matt Patricia: 'Nothing uncharted' about Slay, Snacks missing minicamp," 4 June 2019 Flores said when asked about Jones, who has started 109 of his 124 career games with 21 interceptions and 40 tackles for loss. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins excited about Reshad Jones’ practice participation," 4 June 2019 A week earlier, White had his first career interception, at Buffalo, as the Chargers received immediate dividends from a player who was rising quickly on a developing defense. Jeff Miller,, "Chargers’ Kyzir White eager to showcase his promise after injury-shortened debut," 3 June 2019 The Tide gave up eight touchdown passes without an interception during that stretch. John Zenor, The Seattle Times, "Nick Saban reloading defense with youthful Alabama team," 13 Apr. 2019 While an interception ends a possession, getting sacked makes losing the ball without another first down (or touchdown) almost certain—an 81.5% fail rate, according to Stats LLC. Michael Salfino, WSJ, "Sacks Are Keeping the Packers Down," 30 Nov. 2018 Salazar also had an interception, throwing the ball right into the hands of junior cornerback Jeff Clay. Kirk Kenney,, "RB Kaegun Williams makes biggest impression during Aztecs scrimmage," 10 Mar. 2018 Four of Peterman’s first five drives ended in interceptions. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Playing Quarterback Looks Easier Than Ever. Nathan Peterman Still Makes It Look Hard.," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of interception

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

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