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[in-ter-sep-ter] /ˌɪn tərˈsɛp tər/

a person or thing that .
Military. a fighter aircraft with fast-reaction capabilities, used to identify and, if appropriate, engage other aircraft in combat.
a person or thing that intercepts
a fast highly manoeuvrable fighter aircraft used to intercept enemy aircraft

1590s, from Latin interceptor, agent noun from intercipere (see intercept). As a type of fast fighter aircraft, from 1930.


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