Pronunciation: (tāk'up"), [key]
1. the act of taking up.
a. uptake (def. 3).
b. any of various devices for taking up slack, winding in, or compensating for the looseness of parts due to wear.
3. the contraction of fabric resulting from the wet operations in the finishing process, esp. fulling.
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