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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An opening by which a fluid is admitted into a container or conduit.
  • noun The act of taking in.
  • noun The quantity taken in.
  • noun Something, especially energy, taken in.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Land taken in from a waste place, or from a common or tidal river.
  • noun A taking or drawing in.
  • noun That which is taken in. Specifically
  • noun Quantity taken in.
  • noun A tract of land, as of a common, inclosed; an inclosure; part of a common field planted or sown when the other part lies fallow.
  • noun Also intack.
  • noun The point at which a narrowing or contraction begins, as in a tube or a stocking.
  • noun In hydraulics, the point at which water is received into a pipe or channel: opposed to outlet.
  • noun In mining: The airway going inbye, or toward the interior of the mine.
  • noun The air moving in that direction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The place where water, air, or other substance is taken into a pipe, conduit, or machine; -- opposed to outlet.
  • noun the beginning of a contraction or narrowing in a tube or cylinder.
  • noun The quantity taken in.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The place where water or air is taken into a pipe or conduit; opposed to outlet.
  • noun The beginning of a contraction or narrowing in a tube or cylinder.
  • noun The quantity taken in.
  • noun An act or instance of taking in: an intake of oxygen or food.
  • verb To take or draw in (in all the senses of the noun).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
  • noun an opening through which fluid is admitted to a tube or container
  • noun the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From English dialectal (Northern England/Scotland), deverbal of take in, equivalent to in- +‎ take. More at in-, take.

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