What does Interceptor mean?

Definitions for Interceptorˌɪn tərˈsɛp tər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. interceptor(noun)

    a fast maneuverable fighter plane designed to intercept enemy aircraft


  1. Interceptor(n.)

    Same as intercepter.


  1. interceptor(Noun)

    Anything that intercepts another

  2. interceptor(Noun)

    A fast, maneuverable fighter aircraft designed to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft before they can attack

  3. interceptor(Noun)

    A guided missile designed to intercept and destroy enemy missiles

  4. interceptor(Noun)

    In Architecture / Engineering, A device to trap, remove, or separate deleterious, hazardous, or undesirable matter (such as oil, grease, gasoline, sand, and sediment) from normal waste conveyed through it, permitting normal sewage or liquid wastes to discharge into the disposal terminal by gravity.


  1. Interceptor

    An interceptor aircraft, or simply interceptor, is a type of fighter aircraft designed specifically to prevent successful missions by enemy aircraft, particularly bombers and reconnaissance aircraft. There are generally two classes of interceptors, light aircraft built for outright performance, and heavier aircraft designed to fight at night or heavy weather and operate over longer ranges. For daytime missions, conventional fighters normally fill the interceptor role, as well as many other missions. Daytime interceptors have been used in the defensive role since the First World War, but are best known during several major actions during World War II, notably the Battle of Britain where the Spitfire gained a fearsome reputation. Few aircraft can be considered dedicated daytime interceptors, with the obvious exception of the Messerschmitt Me 163, and to a lesser degree designs like the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 which had heavy armament specifically for anti-bomber missions. Night fighters and bomber destroyers are, by definition, interceptors of the heavy type, although they were rarely referred to this way at first. In the early Cold War era the combination of jet powered bombers and the atom bomb created a demand for highly capable interceptors, and it is during this period that the term is most used. Examples of classic interceptors of the era include the F-106 Delta Dart, Sukhoi Su-15 and English Electric Lightning. Through the 1960s rapid improvement in design led to most fighters having the performance to perform the interceptor role, and the strategic threat moved from bombers to intercontinental ballistic missiles. Dedicated interceptor designs became rare, the only widely used examples designed after the 1970s being the Tornado F3 and Mikoyan MiG-31.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. interceptor

    A manned aircraft utilized for identification and/or engagement of airborne objects.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Interceptor in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Interceptor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rick Lehner:

    Due to a target malfunction, the test wasn't conducted and an interceptor wasn't launched.

  2. Captain Jeff Davis:

    It's something we have mixed results on. But we also have an ability to shoot more than one interceptor.

  3. Bill Gortney:

    One interceptor versus one warhead in mid-course is a failing proposition because they can produce more than we can ever possibly afford to put into the ground, we're going to need more capability to engage the threat throughout its flight, keep them on the ground, kill them on the (launch) rails, kill them in boost phase and then get more warheads in space in mid-course.

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