• "The second lion seized him."
    "The second lion seized him."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n seizing the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
    • n seizing small stuff that is used for lashing two or more ropes together
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Some Yamên runners rushed out and seized them." "Some Yamên runners rushed out and seized them."
"Ping Wang seized his own pigtail with his mouth." "Ping Wang seized his own pigtail with his mouth."
The Dog Seizes Pinocchio and Escapes The Dog Seizes Pinocchio and Escapes
"Seized an excellent position behind two Russian guns." "Seized an excellent position behind two Russian guns."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In most American states, a wedding ring is exempt by law from inclusion among the assets in a bankruptcy estate. This means that a wedding ring cannot be seized by creditors, no matter how much the bankrupt person owes.
    • Seizing The act of taking or grasping suddenly.
    • Seizing (Naut) The cord or lashing used for such fastening.
    • Seizing (Naut) The operation of fastening together or lashing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A few years back, a Chinese soap hit it big with consumers in Asia. It was claimed in ads that users would lose weight with Seaweed Defat Scented Soap simply by washing with it. The soap was sold in violation to the Japanese Pharmaceutical Affairs Law and was banned. Reportedly, the craze for the soap was so great that Japanese tourists from China and Hong Kong brought back large quantities. The product was also in violation of customs regulations. In June and July 1999 alone, over 10,000 bars were seized.
    • n seizing The act of taking hold or possession.
    • n seizing Nautical, the operation of fastening, binding, or lashing with several turns of a cord, or the fastening so made; also, the cord used for that purpose; seizing-stuff. See also cut under rose-lashing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The smallest of American owls, the elf owl, often nests in the Gila woodpecker’s cactus hole after the woodpecker leaves. The owl measures barely 6 inches tall. It specializes in catching scorpions, seizing each by the tail and nipping off its stinger. It then swallows the scorpion’s body, pincers and all.
    • Seizing the act of taking hold:
    • Seizing (naut.) the operation of lashing with several turns of a cord
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  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Only learn to seize good fortune, for good fortune's always here.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.”
  • Leonard H. Robbins
    Leonard H. Robbins
    “How a minority, reaching majority, seizing authority, hates a minority!”
  • Jane Austen
    “Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The right man is the one that seizes the moment.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. saisir (Prov. sazir, to take possession of)—Old High Ger. sazzan, to set, Ger. setzen, Eng. set.


In literature:

I seized him by the collar of his jacket, and together we rose to the surface.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The crocodile returned and seized him by the other thigh, and again pulled him under water.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
I dared not let go with one of my hands, or I should have tried to seize it.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
I placed my firearms close at hand around me, so that I might seize them in a moment.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
Suddenly the soldiers came on deck, boarded, and overpowered them, before they could seize their arms.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson
He seized Mynheer Poots by the collar, and threw him out of the door.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
He seized his spiritual enemy, throttled, and held him down.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
Then the men in the surf seized the launching lines, by means of which the boat could be propelled off its carriage.
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
Oolichuk was not slow to seize the opportunity.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
He bowed to the spectators, seized the barrel with his chin hook and laid himself upon his back.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père

In poetry:

"Of old they were there!
Ever young, who are these
Whom Death cannot seize?
What Spirits of air?"
"Cree Fairies" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
He seized his clarion straight,
And blew thereat, until
A warden oped the gate.
"Oh, what might be your will?"
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
No darkness there shall cloud the eyes,
No languor seize the frame;
But ever active vigor rise
To feed the vital flame.
"A Thought on Life and Death" by Ann Steele
And thrice old Charon rose up high
And seized him as before.
"Loose me! a broken man am I,
And fight with you no more.''
"The Ballad of Zacho (a Greek legend)" by James Elroy Flecker
While winter seized the streamlets
That fled along the ground,
And fast in chains of crystal
The truant murmurers bound.
"The Serenade" by William Cullen Bryant
But now despair had seized her breast,
And sunken in her eye;
"Oh tell me but if Bertrand live,
And I in peace will die."
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

Twelve people were arrested, and officials said they seized 63 roosters, $23,000 in cash, and one gun during the investigation.
Authorities seized 225 birds Friday.
Animal welfare officials have seized more than 200 dogs from a breeder in Pennsylvania, shutting down the operation.
Federal Authorities Seize Part of Personal Shopper's House Down Payment in DC Tax Scam Probe.
Rather than leave the eurozone, Greece should seize the opportunity to make real changes.
Some 2,000 people take to the streets in the Malian capital on October 18, 2012 to protest plans for a foreign military intervention to reclaim territory seized by armed Islamist groups in the north.
Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger Gov Chris Christie has seized on an issue — " elitist judges" coddled by Democrats — to ride into the state's legislative races in two weeks.
The UN Security Council urged South Sudan on Wednesday to pull its troops out of a town seized from Sudan amid growing fears of all-out hostilities between the two.
Seize opportunity to enliven our city.
Investigators had a warrant to arrest Raphael Haim Golb and seize his computer.
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has ruled the country since 1979 when he seized power in a coup.
Excise Officers Arrest 41, Seize Millions Across Indiana.
A billionaire buccaneer from Wall Street declared war on Argentina yesterday, seizing the flagship of its navy in a decades-long battle over the.
Facebook, Madd Hatter 's HauntYakima's premiere haunted house is Madd Hatter 's Haunt and to make sure everyone can attend, they're offering half price tickets for Thursday, October 13th if you Seize The Deal.
Rebels seize strategic Congolese city, as UN forces watch helplessly .

In science:

First of all, they write (pg. 278): “It is certainly not desirable to conflate a process’s complexity with the complexity of whatever apparatus connects the process to the variables we happen to have seized upon as handles”.
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
Finally, we identify a new class of fractals ranging from random to non-random and show that the fractal dimension increases with increasing order and a transition to strictly self-similar pattern occurs when randomness is completely seized.
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
We thus find that in the limit β −→ ∞, the resulting distribution of points is a set with fractal dimension Df = 0.4569997 which is a strictly selfsimilar fractal as randomness is seized by dividing fragments into equal pieces.
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
We thus find that in the limit β −→ ∞, the resulting distribution of points is a set with fractal dimension Df = 0.4569997, which is a strictly self-similar fractal as randomness is seized by dividing fragments into equal pieces.
Transition from random to ordered fractals in fragmentation of particles in an open system
The now hadronic fireball may expand and cool further until elastic collisions seize to change the momentum distributions.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma