(Tai"ra) n. (Zoöl.) Same as Tayra.
(Tairn) n. See Tarn. Coleridge.
(Tait) n. (Zoöl.) A small nocturnal and arboreal Australian marsupial (Tarsipes rostratus) about the
size of a mouse. It has a long muzzle, a long tongue, and very few teeth, and feeds upon honey and
insects. Called also noolbenger.
(Ta*jaç"u, Ta*jas"su) n. [Pg. tajaçú, from Braz. tayaçú a hog or
swine.] (Zoöl.) The common, or collared, peccary.
(Take) obs. p. p. of Take. Taken. Chaucer.
(Take), v. t. [imp. Took ; p. p. Takend ; p. pr. & vb. n. Taking.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw.
taga, Dan. tage, Goth. tekan to touch; of uncertain origin.]
1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands, or otherwise; to grasp; to get into one's hold
or possession; to procure; to seize and carry away; to convey. Hence, specifically:
(a) To obtain possession of by force or artifice; to get the custody or control of; to reduce into subjection
to one's power or will; to capture; to seize; to make prisoner; as, to take am army, a city, or a ship; also, to
come upon or befall; to fasten on; to attack; to seize; said of a disease, misfortune, or the like.
This man was taken of the Jews.Acts xxiii. 27.
Men in their loose, unguarded hours they take;Pope.
Not that themselves are wise, but others weak.
They that come abroad after these showers are commonly taken with sickness.Bacon.
There he blasts the tree and takes the cattleShak.
And makes milch kine yield blood.
(b) To gain or secure the interest or affection of; to captivate; to engage; to interest; to charm.
Neither let her take thee with her eyelids.Prov. vi. 25.
Cleombroutus was so taken with this prospect, that he had no patience.Wake.
I know not why, but there was a something in those half-seen features, a charm in the very shadow
that hung over their imagined beauty, which took me more than all the outshining loveliness of her
(c) To make selection of; to choose; also, to turn to; to have recourse to; as, to take the road to the right.
Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was taken.1 Sam. xiv. 42.
The violence of storming is the course which God is forced to take for the destroying . . . of sinners.Hammond.
(d) To employ; to use; to occupy; hence, to demand; to require; as, it takes so much cloth to make a coat.
This man always takes time . . . before he passes his judgments.I. Watts.
(e) To form a likeness of; to copy; to delineate; to picture; as, to take picture of a person.
Beauty alone could beauty take so right.Dryden.