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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The Miami Hurricanes' Turnover Chain originated when defensive coordinator Manny Diaz wanted to find a way to reward his players for getting interceptions and fumbles. David Selig,, "Miami Hurricanes' Turnover Chain now has its own bobblehead," 11 May 2018 Career numbers: 230 tackles, 44.5 TFL, 21.5 sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles., "Genard Avery: Get to know the Browns' No. 150 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft," 28 Apr. 2018 Schobert finished the season with 88 tackles, 56 assists, three sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Sizzle says the sleeves look bad:' Waukesha West's Joe Schobert mic'ed up at first Pro Bowl with Cleveland Browns," 2 Feb. 2018 Lawrence took over as the starter four games into the season and has thrown for 2,933 yards, 27 touchdowns and four interceptions. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Alabama-Clemson IV: Can Saban’s dynasty reach new heights?," 7 Jan. 2019 Jim Harbaugh will arrive in South Bend with a new quarterback in Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson, who threw for 2,259 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in seven starts last season for the Rebels. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana's top 50 college football games in 2018," 11 July 2018 Tebow played in 55 games during his four-year UF career, completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 9,286 yards, 88 touchdowns and 16 interceptions while also rushing for 2,947 yards and 57 touchdowns. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "This is the new prestigious honor the Florida Gators have bestowed on Tim Tebow," 11 July 2018 As a sophomore, Lewerke completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,793 yards (6.7 YPA), 20 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan over MSU in Big Ten but Ohio State champ, per Sporting News," 10 July 2018 Cutler hardly left anybody wanting more by throwing for 2,666 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 14 games last year for the Dolphins. David Haugh,, "Jay Cutler, the King of Not Caring, still rules on 'Very Cavallari'," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of interception

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

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