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Intersect vs. Intercept

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  • Intersect (verb)

    To cut into or between; to cut or cross mutually; to divide into parts.

    "Parallel lines don't intersect."

    "Any two diameters of a circle intersect each other at the centre."

  • Intersect (verb)

    Of two sets, to have at least one element in common.

  • Intercept (verb)

    To stop, deflect or divert (something in progress or motion).

    "The police intercepted the package of stolen goods while it was in transit."

  • Intercept (verb)

    To gain possession of (the ball) in a ball game

  • Intercept (verb)

    To take or comprehend between.

  • Intercept (noun)

    An interception of a radio broadcast or a telephone call.

  • Intercept (noun)

    An interception of a missile.

  • Intercept (noun)

    The coordinate of the point at which a curve intersects an axis.

  • Intercept (noun)

    A form of market research where consumers are intercepted and interviewed in a retail store or mall.

Wiktionary
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  • Intersect

    To cut into or between; to cut or cross mutually; to divide into parts; as, any two diameters of a circle intersect each other at the center.

  • Intersect (verb)

    To cut into one another; to meet and cross each other; as, the point where two lines intersect.

  • Intercept

    To take or seize by the way, or before arrival at the destined place; to cause to stop on the passage; as, to intercept a letter; a telegram will intercept him at Paris.

  • Intercept

    To obstruct or interrupt the progress of; to stop; to hinder or oppose; as, to intercept the current of a river.

  • Intercept

    To interrupt communication with, or progress toward; to cut off, as the destination; to blockade.

  • Intercept

    To include between; as, that part of the line which is intercepted between the points A and B.

  • Intercept

    To overhear or view (a communication or message intended for another), without hindering its passage; as, to intercept a telephone call.

  • Intercept

    To catch and take possession of (a ball passed between members of an opposing team); as, the back intercepted the pass and ran the ball back for a touchdown.

  • Intercept (noun)

    A part cut off or intercepted, as a portion of a line included between two points, or cut off two straight lines or curves.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Intersect (verb)

    meet at a point

  • Intercept (noun)

    the point at which a line intersects a coordinate axis

  • Intercept (verb)

    seize on its way;

    "The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace"

  • Intercept (verb)

    tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information;

    "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"

    "Is this hotel room bugged?"

Princeton's WordNet
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