Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of seizing or the condition of being seized.
  • n. A sudden attack, spasm, or convulsion, as in epilepsy or another disorder.
  • n. A sudden onset or sensation of feeling or emotion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of taking possession, as by force or right of law.
  • n. A sudden attack or convulsion, (e.g. an epileptic seizure).
  • n. A sudden onset of pain or emotion.
  • n. retention within one's grasp or power; possession; ownership
  • n. That which is seized, or taken possession of; a thing laid hold of, or possessed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of seizing, or the state of being seized; sudden and violent grasp or gripe; a taking into possession
  • n. Retention within one's grasp or power; hold; possession; ownership.
  • n. That which is seized, or taken possession of; a thing laid hold of, or possessed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of seizing; the act of taking or laying hold; a taking possession, either legally or by force: as, the seizure of smuggled goods by revenue officers; seizure of arms by a mob.
  • n. The fact of being seized or in possession of anything; possession; hold.
  • n. The thing seized; the thing taken hold or possession of.
  • n. A sudden onset or attack, as of some malady, emotion, panic, or the like; a spell; a turn.

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

  • n. a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease
  • n. the taking possession of something by legal process
  • n. the act of taking of a person by force
  • n. the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

Etymologies

seize +‎ -ure (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The act or an instance of seizing or the condition of being seized.
    n. A sudden attack, spasm, or convulsion, as in epilepsy or another disorder.
    n. A sudden onset or sensation of feeling or emotion.
    from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
    n. The act of taking possession, as by force or right of law.
    n. A sudden attack or convulsion, (e.g. an epileptic seizure).
    n. A sudden onset of pain or emotion.
    n. retention within one's grasp or power; possession; ownership
    n. That which is seized, or taken possession of; a thing laid hold of, or possessed.

    August 28, 2013