- uptake (def. 3).
- any of various devices for taking up slack, winding in, or compensating for the looseness of parts due to wear.
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Origin of take-up
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Example sentences from the Web for take-up
“Anecdotally I can tell you that the take-up rate is fairly small,” said Smyth.Walmart’s New Embrace of Gay Employees a Sign of Corporate Shift|Daniel Gross|August 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He got the projector from its case, plugged it in, using his father's desk as a table, and put on the take-up reel.Smugglers' Reef|John Blaine
Singer improved upon this by furnishing his machine with a spring take-up lever, partially controlled by the needle bar.
The take-up probably causes more trouble than any other part of the mechanism and it should be carefully watched.
If the take-up is not handling the film properly, it is due to a loose belt or to insufficient tension on the spring.
This controls the movements of a lever called the take-up, pivoted to the machine (Fig. 4).
British Dictionary definitions for take-up
verb (adverb, mainly tr)
- to argue or dispute with (someone)can I take you up on two points in your talk?
- to accept what is offered by (someone)let me take you up on your invitation
- to discuss with (someone); refer toto take up a fault with the manufacturers
- (intr) to begin to keep company or associate with
- the claiming or acceptance of something, esp a state benefit, that is due or available
- (as modifier)take-up rate
Idioms and Phrases with take-up
Raise, lift, as in We have to take up the old carpet and sand the floor. [c. 1300]
Reduce in size, shorten, tighten, as in I have to take up the hem of this coat, or You have to take up the slack in that reel or you'll never land a fish. [c. 1800]
Station oneself, settle in, as in We took up our positions at the front. [Mid-1500s]
Accept an option, bet, or challenge, as in No one wanted to take up that bet. This usage is often expanded to take someone up on, as in You're offering to clean the barn? I'll take you up on that. Take up dates from about 1700, the variant from the early 1900s.
Develop an interest in, begin an activity, as in Jim took up gardening. [Mid-1400s] Also see go into, def. 3.
Use up or occupy entirely, as in The extra duties took up most of my time, or This desk takes up too much space in the office, or How much room will your car take up? [c. 1600]
Begin again, resume, as in I'll take up the story where you left off. [Mid-1600s]
Deal with, as in Let's take up these questions one at a time. [c. 1500]
Absorb, as in These large trees are taking up all the water in the soil. [Late 1600s]
Support, adopt as a protegé, as in She's always taking up one or another young singer. [Late 1300s] Also see the subsequent entries beginning with take up.