• WordNet 3.6
    • n take-up the action of taking up as by tightening or absorption or reeling in
    • n take-up any of various devices for reducing slack (as in a sewing machine) or taking up motion (as in a loom) "a take-up that winds photographic film on a spool"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It takes a sloth up to six days to digest the food it eats
    • n Take-up (Mach) That which takes up or tightens; specifically, a device in a sewing machine for drawing up the slack thread as the needle rises, in completing a stitch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It can take up to a month for a rattlesnake to re-supply its venom
    • n take-up In mech.: Any device by which a flexible band, belt, rope, or tie may be tightened or shortened.
    • n take-up In many machines, any one of a variety of devices by which, when a part of the material is fed forward to be acted upon, that which has already been treated is wound upon a roller or otherwise “taken up.” Also called take-up motion. Such devices are used in looms, and in many other machines for the manufacture and treatment of textile fabrics, paper-hangings, oilcloth-printing, etc. Worm-gearing or ratchet-motions are features of most of them.
    • n take-up In a sewing-machine, a device for drawing up the slack of the thread as the needle rises.
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  • William Joseph Slim
    William Joseph Slim
    “When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take -- choose the bolder.”
  • Robert Orpen
    Robert Orpen
    “These are the days when it takes all you've got just to keep up with the losers.”
  • E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings
    “It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”
  • Judith Rossner
    Judith Rossner
    “It takes far less courage to kill yourself than it takes to make yourself wake up one more time. It is harder to stay where you are than to get out.”
  • Erma Bombeck
    “The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “How many fools does it take to make up a public?”


Take it up a notch - If you take it up a notch, you increase the effort or intensity exerted in a situation
Take up the torch - If you take up the torch, you take on a challenge or responsibility, usually when someone else retires, or leaves an organisation, etc.


In literature:

Now we must take up the story, and say that Gunnar was out of doors at Lithend, and sees his shepherd galloping up to the yard.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
Pruning is a good subject for farmers' clubs to take up in March and April.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
It was past, however, and she must take up her life again.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
Take up the fish and rub the sauce through a colander.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green
Lars Larssen was a craftsman taking up the commonest tools of his craft and using them to create a work of art of consummate build.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
On way up to Chocques, where we shall take up Indians again.
"Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915" by Anonymous
En it bad luck to take up ashes after de sun go down, dey say.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
We shall advance today and take up our line with him.
"Under Wellington's Command" by G. A. Henty
We have reached a point when it will be proper to take up this wider aspect.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
When you have drawn up the stitch, put the needle in, one thread further on, and take up two threads.
"Encyclopedia of Needlework" by Thérèse de Dillmont

In poetry:

Nay--why so downcast? Jaspar cried,
Come--cheer up Jonathan!
Drink neighbour drink! 'twill warm thy heart,
Come! come! take courage man!
"Jaspar" by Robert Southey
Look at her garments
Clinging like cerements;
Whilst the wave constantly
Drips from her clothing;
Take her up instantly,
Loving, not loathing.
"The Bridge of Sighs" by Thomas Hood
Then I hear, as the night comes stealing on,
The prattle of little words,
And a manly voice that takes up the tone,
And echoes in deeper chords.
"The Old Ruins" by Alexander Anderson
As if the homage of the kindled blood of the east
Went up in wavelets to him, from the breasts and eyes of
jungle torch-men,
And he couldn't take it.
"Elephant" by D H Lawrence
If up to heav'n I take my flight,
'Tis there thou dwell'st enthroned in light
Or dive to hell, there vengeance reigns,
And Satan groans beneath thy chains.
"Psalm 139 part 1" by Isaac Watts
But the princess, friendly and mild-eyed,
Gazed up at me, object of fright,
Though I must have looked evil and wild-eyed,
And all fair things from us take flight.
"The Old Mountain Troll" by Gustaf Froding

In news:

The pond, taking up about a quarter of an acre, is about four feet deep where Gonzalez was first spotted by a passerby floating facedown near the middle, Deputy Kevin Jackson said.
Authorities have said it could take up to a day to identify the woman.
West Virginia University's Board of Governors is set to take up several real estate deals.
Supreme Court takes up Arizona immigration law.
The grow lights, bottles of fertilizers and nutrients, and hydroponics trays don't take up the whole space.
Just a whim to take up the art of photography is what turned Diana Copeland of Grayson, Ky.
CEO says it could take up to 6 weeks to start meeting 6 pm collection deadline.
Hamilton County takes up financing of Aetna Mountain road.
That's the question at the heart of one of the most important cases the Supreme Court will take up this year.
Its translucent mirror takes up less space than traditional models and cuts the delay between shots.
When they first arrive, they all take up residence at the same hotel, from the bonus-baby high draft picks to the undrafted rookie free agents.
The Springs City Council will take up a controversial issue during their meeting on Monday.
Detroit's City Council once again takes up the controversial Hantz Farms proposal Tuesday, trying - 1:00 am.
The City Council is expected Tuesday to appoint residents to an advisory committee to take up the matter.
Hall will take up a new job at Hauser & Wirth Gallery next week after almost seven years with the Armory Show.

In science:

We first take up the case that T is complete.
Randomizations of models as metric structures
This leads naturally to the sub ject of spectral algebraic geometry, which we will take up in .
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces
In Section VI, we take up the case of finite regular networks.
Multicasting in Large Wireless Networks: Bounds on the Minimum Energy per Bit
The upper lying unoccupied defect state, which takes up a big portion of the gap to the energies above the Fermi level as a result of the strong dispersion, shows dominant Au and O2 contribution.
Modification of anatase TiO$_2$(001) surface electronic structure by Au impurity
Enabling other features of the protocol in the WISP firmware, such as the ability use multiple readers or read multiple tags simultaneously, takes up an additional 12 bytes of RAM, leaving 364 bytes available for random number generation.
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale: Implications of Data Remanence on the Use of RAM for True Random Number Generation on RFID Tags (RFIDSec 2009)