Definition of interceptor in English:

interceptor

noun

  • 1A person or thing that stops or catches (someone or something) going from one place to another.

    • ‘‘The ABM treaty is a relic of the past,’ Bush said, arguing in favour of a missile defence system of interceptors to protect against incoming missiles from ‘rogue’ states.’
    • ‘They investigated the viability of an alternative approach to solving the network problem by providing an interceptor along the route of the proposed inner relief road.’
    • ‘Well, the most salient fact about that missile test was that, like the more grandiose Pacific tests of the Star Wars interceptors, it was a failure.’
    • ‘Surface water will be intercepted and silt traps and an oil interceptor, if required, will be installed to prevent suspended solids and oil/diesel from machinery discharging to streams.’
    • ‘Several Liberals pleaded with the prime minister to withhold Canadian backing of the plan, which involves planting missile interceptors in the U.S. and, eventually, abroad.’
    • ‘‘These interceptors were situated only 30 ft from a home at Green Lane and were left without lids or protection,’ he remarked.’
    • ‘As well, oil and grit interceptors are to be placed in the parking lot to ensure storm water is dealt with appropriately.’
    • ‘If Britain were to agree, it would benefit from more effective radar warning systems, although there are no interceptors in Europe.’
    • ‘The interceptor is too slow to get anywhere near to a real intercontinental missile.’
    • ‘Many of the big interceptors - drains that catch all the sewage before sending it to Beach Rd - had been struck by vandals in the past.’
    • ‘Some experts argue for space versions of airborne lasers already under development, others for more conventional missile interceptors.’
    • ‘Among them was a ban on space-based interceptors.’
    • ‘Various options are under consideration, including a land-based system of 100 interceptors that would be based in Alaska and guided by a long-range radar station in the Aleutian Islands.’
    • ‘But he will say that the most ludicrous aspect of the system (namely, the petition interceptors whose mission was to reduce the number of registered petitioners) has been eliminated, or so it seems.’
    • ‘Additionally, if the 20 ground-based interceptors are to be useful, they will need to be mobile.’
    • ‘Mr Richards said: ‘The company was assured all drainage was connected to the interceptors.’’
    • ‘These sea-based interceptors are designed to knock out short to intermediate-range missiles closer to their launch pads.’
    • ‘There is also the issue that point short-range interceptors, when dealing with incoming missiles, are most effective when nuclear tipped.’
    • ‘Approximately 4,600 small interceptors would be deployed in orbit, each capable of homing in on and destroying incoming hostile warheads.’
    • ‘I think that's quite a long way yet before we get to any decisions, if we ever do, about the location of interceptors.’
    1. 1.1 A fast aircraft for stopping or repelling hostile aircraft.
      • ‘This is a very important parameter for an interceptor attempting to engage an incoming enemy aircraft.’
      • ‘He effectively shows, even to the novice, that the design requirements for interceptors, ‘bomber-fighters,’ and air-superiority fighters are very dissimilar.’
      • ‘Faster interceptors can fly farther in the time available, reducing the number required.’
      • ‘Although the F - 14 Tomcat is relatively old, with the combination of both upgrades and its mix of weapons, it has kept its position as a formidable interceptor.’
      • ‘If the illegal flight attempts to evade the interceptors, the center may authorize them to destroy it.’
      • ‘The FAA possessed some frontline aircraft equal to any in the world - including Mirage III interceptors.’
      • ‘The Soviet Union, the only real target for the bomber, was developing surface-to-air missiles and interceptors that might have been capable of defeating the aircraft.’
      • ‘Anticipating that the opponent may employ their own fighters or interceptors, you may want to add some gun-ships.’
      • ‘Fighter jets provide escort, tail aircraft and act as interceptors.’
      • ‘No attempts were made to resume the program, which initially envisaged a ramjet-powered interceptor and even a commercial aircraft.’
      • ‘They scrambled fighter interceptors because they were tracking strange objects on radar making all kinds of radical maneuvers.’
      • ‘The British set up dedicated warning nets to detect the incoming V1s and then sent out interceptors.’
      • ‘The Germans should have had more fighter interceptors to protect their environment.’
      • ‘Production was cancelled abruptly in 1944 when it became apparent that Germany needed fewer hulking anti-tank aircraft and more nimble interceptors.’
      • ‘These fighters were intended to operate as very fast, short-range interceptors.’
      • ‘Although the no-fly zones will be protected by radar and RAF interceptors based at Leuchars, they are well away from the usual civilian air routes.’
      • ‘The pilot of the fighter shoots down an interceptor that would otherwise have shot down the bomber.’
      • ‘There are small strike craft, such as fighters, bombers, interceptors, and mechs, corvettes, smaller capital ships such as frigates, and then the larger cruisers, carriers and battleships.’
      • ‘Reports of possible trouble on a BA flight from Baltimore to London led to the RAF scrambling two fighter interceptors to escort the plane home.’
      • ‘Fighter interceptors stayed on high alert, ready to respond within minutes to identify and monitor suspicious aircraft.’

Pronunciation

interceptor

/ˌin(t)ərˈseptər//ˌɪn(t)ərˈsɛptər/