Definition of interception in US English:



  • 1The action or fact of preventing someone or something from continuing to a destination.

    ‘the interception of arms shipments’
    • ‘Modelling canopy light interception and photosynthesis can be tackled at a very detailed level.’
    • ‘A number of finely timed interceptions and tackles.’
    • ‘Players in the zone perform more game changing moves, like forcing fumbles or interceptions, or breaking tackles or opening holes for larger plays.’
    • ‘There is now a touch of elegance and effectiveness in his interceptions and tackling.’
    • ‘Three non-glamorous examples are spam catching, obscenity blocking, and terrorist interception.’
    1. 1.1 An act of a defensive player catching a forward pass.
      ‘Oliver forced a fumble and had three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns’
      • ‘Always known as a fearless tackler, he has improved his pass defense (nine interceptions the past two seasons).’
      • ‘His defense against the pass was exemplary in 1999, as he finished with a career-high 12 passes defensed and one interception.’
      • ‘But he never has been special enough, not with career figures of 90 touchdown passes and 114 interceptions.’
      • ‘He had 119 tackles, two interceptions and eight passes defensed in 2002.’
      • ‘Wilson has 31 total tackles, three interceptions and seven passes defended thus far.’
    2. 1.2 The action or fact of receiving electronic transmissions before they reach the intended recipient.
      ‘the clandestine interception of other people's telephone calls’
      • ‘Support for government interception of cell phone and e-mail communication, for instance, increases with age.’
      • ‘But to reduce the chance of electronic interception, that PIN is not entered into the PC or transmitted to the server as part of the log-in process.’
      • ‘Another side effect of badly designed systems is the interception of emails that the intended recipient would want to receive.’
      • ‘If the interceptions were on wires, not via satellite, then where, how, and by whom were the monitoring devices installed?’
      • ‘The 24 year-old is out on bail pending a Monday court appearance when he will face charges of unlawful interception of an electronic communication and wire fraud.’
      • ‘It is very hard to know when electronic interceptions are taking place, under the reporting procedures provided in the bill.’
      • ‘Under the wiretap statute, the unauthorized interception of electronic communications and the use or disclosure of information obtained thereby is prohibited.’
      • ‘He is charged with computer intrusions and the interception of electronic communications.’
      • ‘Electronic and communication surveillance is another method, with the interception of telephone calls and Internet activity being monitored.’
      • ‘King said that the interception of private electronic correspondence is essential to the fight against terrorism.’
      • ‘The proliferation of radio communications created busier air waves and this in turn meant signals that were vulnerable to direction finding, electronic counter measures, interception and decryption.’
      • ‘There was thus no interception of an electrical impulse or signal passing through the public telecommunication system.’
      • ‘The Wiretap Act offers very strong protection against the real-time interception of telephone or Internet communications.’
      • ‘In June, Racine pleaded guilty to wire fraud and ‘unlawful interception of an electronic communication’ offences.’
      • ‘There are a lot of problems in controlling the agencies that undertake electronic interceptions.’
      • ‘It relates to interception of communications where both the sender and all intended recipients are located inside the United States.’
      • ‘No one doubts that by having greater surveillance, be it electronic interception, cameras in the streets, or whatever else it is, we could catch more criminals.’
      • ‘I took up the Privacy Commissioner's suggestion that we have a person to audit electronic interceptions, as they do in Australia in the person of the federal ombudsman.’
      • ‘I think that is one of the problems when one is dealing with electronic interception.’
      • ‘It criminalized cell phone monitoring, interception of digital signals and digital pagers, and listening to certain other specific services.’