from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of taking or tightening up.
- n. A device for reducing slack or taking up lost motion, as one in a loom.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the act of taking something up, by tightening, absorption, or reeling in
- n. That which takes up or tightens; specifically, a device in a sewing machine or loom for drawing up the slack thread as the needle rises, in completing a stitch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which takes up or tightens; specifically, a device in a sewing machine for drawing up the slack thread as the needle rises, in completing a stitch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mech.: Any device by which a flexible band, belt, rope, or tie may be tightened or shortened.
- n. In many machines, any one of a variety of devices by which, when a part of the material is fed forward to be acted upon, that which has already been treated is wound upon a roller or otherwise “taken up.”
- n. In a sewing-machine, a device for drawing up the slack of the thread as the needle rises.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. return to a previous location or condition
- v. occupy or take on
- v. take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption
- v. accept
- v. pursue or resume
- v. take up and practice as one's own
- v. take in, also metaphorically
- v. take out or up with or as if with a scoop
- v. take up as if with a sponge
- v. adopt
- v. turn one's interest to
- v. begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job
- v. take up time or space
- n. any of various devices for reducing slack (as in a sewing machine) or taking up motion (as in a loom)
- n. the action of taking up as by tightening or absorption or reeling in
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