Seize Seize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Seized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Seizing}.] [OE. seisen, saisen, OF. seisir, saisir, F. saisir, of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. set. The meaning is properly, to set, put, place, hence, to put in possession of. See {Set}, v. t.] 1. To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp. [1913 Webster]

For by no means the high bank he could seize. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Seek you to seize and gripe into your hands The royalties and rights of banished Hereford? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To take possession of by force. [1913 Webster]

At last they seize The scepter, and regard not David's sons. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient. [1913 Webster]

Hope and deubt alternate seize her seul. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

4. (law) To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods. [1913 Webster]

5. To fasten; to fix. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

As when a bear hath seized her cruel claws Upon the carcass of some beast too weak. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

6. To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea. [1913 Webster]

7. (Naut.) To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word, by writers on law, is commonly written seise, in the phrase to be seised of (an estate), as also, in composition, disseise, disseisin. [1913 Webster]

{To be seized of}, to have possession, or right of possession; as, A B was seized and possessed of the manor of Dale. ``Whom age might see seized of what youth made prize.'' --Chapman.

{To seize on} or {To seize upon}, to fall on and grasp; to take hold on; to take possession of suddenly and forcibly. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To catch; grasp; clutch; snatch; apprehend; arrest; take; capture. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Seizing — Seiz ing, n. 1. The act of taking or grasping suddenly. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) (a) The operation of fastening together or lashing. (b) The cord or lashing used for such fastening. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • seizing — /ˈsizɪŋ/ (say seezing) noun 1. the act of seizing. 2. Nautical a binding or lashing, consisting of several turns of light line, marline, wire, or the like, holding two ropes, etc., together …   Australian English dictionary

  • seizing — n. Naut. a cord or cords used for seizing (see SEIZE 10) …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Seizing — Seizings are a class of knots used to semi permanently bind together two ropes, two parts of the same rope, or rope and another object.Clifford W. Ashley, The Ashley Book of Knots (New York: Doubleday, 1944), 540 543.] Akin to lashings, they use… …   Wikipedia

  • seizing — n. act of taking by force; confiscation; act of capturing; act of comprehending; act of taking control; act of quickly taking advantage of; act of attacking sɪːz v. take forcibly; grasp, hold; comprehend, understand; expropriate, confiscate;… …   English contemporary dictionary

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