It had the glow of smiling austerity, the unseizable, paradoxical quality of herself.
The ear seizes the most unseizable sounds in the midst of the shrillest noises.
There is that indefinable, unseizable something in her face which reveals the whole personality, and it won me immediately.
Since the moment when she had crawled at Maurices feet her image of herself had been broken, unseizable.
Its arial trembling and immateriality may meet the soul in waves of glowing fire, but intellectually it is unseizable.
Was it the vague, unseizable likeness between them which had pushed him over the edge?
The explanations of his changes were invariably vague, unseizable.
That explained the look he had seen on the face of that unknown woman, the deep, unseizable, weird look.
mid-13c., from Old French seisir "to take possession of, take by force; put in possession of, bestow upon" (Modern French saisir), from Late Latin sacire, which is generally held to be from a Germanic source, but the exact origin is uncertain. Perhaps from Frankish *sakjan "lay claim to" (cf. Gothic sokjan, Old English secan "to seek;" see seek). Or perhaps from Proto-Germanic *satjan "to place" (see set (v.)).
Originally a legal term in reference to feudal property holdings or offices. Meaning "to grip with the hands or teeth" is from c.1300; that of "to take possession by force or capture" (of a city, etc.) is from mid-14c. Figurative use, with reference to death, disease, fear, etc. is from late 14c. Meaning "to grasp with the mind" is attested from 1855. Of engines or other mechanisms, attested from 1878. Related: Seized; seizing.