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intake

[in-teyk] /ˈɪnˌteɪk/
noun
1.
the place or opening at which a fluid is taken into a channel, pipe, etc.
2.
an act or instance of taking in:
an intake of oxygen.
3.
something that is taken in.
4.
a quantity taken in:
an intake of 50 gallons a minute.
5.
a narrowing; contraction.
Origin of intake
1515-1525
First recorded in 1515-25; noun use of verb phrase take in
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  • For example, there is neither an intake or exhaust manifold on the motor.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • With an intake of the breath, the medium started, straightened, opened her eyes.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Then, with an intake of the breath and of understanding, he lowered them.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • All we had to do was rebuild the intake dam and clean out the ditch.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • He could get the odor faintly through the intake valve of his helmet.

    Divinity William Morrison
  • It was nine miles from the point to the intake of the river by water and fifteen miles by land.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
British Dictionary definitions for intake

intake

/ˈɪnˌteɪk/
noun
1.
a thing or a quantity taken in: an intake of students
2.
the act of taking in
3.
the opening through which fluid enters a duct or channel, esp the air inlet of a jet engine
4.
a ventilation shaft in a mine
5.
a contraction or narrowing: an intake in a garment
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Word Origin and History for intake
n.

c.1800, "place where water is taken into a channel or pipe," from in + take. Meaning "act of taking in" (food, breath, etc.) is first attested 1808.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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