1. The act of taking or grasping suddenly.
2. Naut. (a) The operation of fastening together or lashing. (b) The cord or lashing used for such fastening.
Seize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seized p. pr. & vb. n. Seizing.]
1. To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp.
For by no means the high bank he could seize. --Spenser.
Seek you to seize and gripe into your hands
The royalties and rights of banished Hereford? --Shak.
2. To take possession of by force.
At last they seize
The scepter, and regard not David's sons. --Milton.
3. To invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient.
Hope and deubt alternate seize her seul. --Pope.
4. law To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods.
5. To fasten; to fix. [Obs.]
As when a bear hath seized her cruel claws
Upon the carcass of some beast too weak. --Spenser.
6. To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea.
7. Naut. To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes.
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.
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.
Syn: -- To catch; grasp; clutch; snatch; apprehend; arrest; take; capture.
n 1: small stuff that is used for lashing two or more ropes
2: the act of gripping something firmly with the hands [syn: grasping,
taking hold, prehension]