interceptor

noun
in·​ter·​cep·​tor | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsep-tər \
variants: or less commonly intercepter

Definition of interceptor

: 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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The interceptors are launched from the top of the tank. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "'Force field' technology could make US tanks unstoppable," 3 Aug. 2018 The Israeli military said two interceptors were launched after rockets from the fighting in Syria were identified. Tia Goldenberg, The Seattle Times, "Israel activates missile defense system after Syria rockets," 23 July 2018 Last week a new interceptor, known as David’s Sling, co-developed with Raytheon , was launched against two Syrian SS-21 Tochka missiles headed toward Israel. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Google’s Anti-Pentagon Decision Will Kill More People," 29 July 2018 That's because the NDAA calls for 20 new intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, interceptors at Fort Greely near Delta Junction. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Missile defense gets major boost in funding bill, with big Alaska impact," 21 Jan. 2018 The new Trophy APS system, now being installed on the U.S. Army’s Abrams tanks in Europe, uses radar to detect incoming rocket propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles, launching an interceptor at the last moment to destroy it in midair. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Vehicle Demonstrates New 'Double Tap' Anti-Tank Technique," 23 Aug. 2018 The Israelis successfully deploy the Iron Dome missile interceptor. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Google’s Anti-Pentagon Decision Will Kill More People," 29 July 2018 Against that backdrop, Congress this year approved the Pentagon's plan to build and deploy an extra 20 missile interceptors in Alaska by 2023. Robert Burns, Anchorage Daily News, "If North Korea disarms, will U.S. missile defense lose favor?," 26 June 2018 Against that backdrop, Congress this year approved the Pentagon’s plan to build and deploy an extra 20 missile interceptors in Alaska by 2023. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "If North Korea disarms, will US missile defense lose favor?," 26 June 2018

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1598, in the meaning defined above

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interceptor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of interceptor

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

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