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intake

[in-teyk] /ˈɪnˌteɪk/
noun
1.
the place or opening at which a fluid is taken into a channel, pipe, etc.
2.
an act or instance of taking in:
an intake of oxygen.
3.
something that is taken in.
4.
a quantity taken in:
an intake of 50 gallons a minute.
5.
a narrowing; contraction.
Origin of intake
1515-1525
1515-25; noun use of verb phrase take in
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  • A gate is always provided at the upper, or intake end, where the water pipe leaves the flume.

    Electricity for the farm Frederick Irving Anderson
  • It was nine miles from the point to the intake of the river by water and fifteen miles by land.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • I and others own property there, and we get our water from the river below your intake.

    Desert Conquest A. M. Chisholm
  • It is the intake of the breath of horror from ten thousand pairs of lungs.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • Why cannot some one invent a device that will automatically regulate our intake valves?

    Invention Bradley A. Fiske
  • Mr. Pryor consumed his portion at a more genteel rate of intake.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
British Dictionary definitions for intake

intake

/ˈɪnˌteɪk/
noun
1.
a thing or a quantity taken in: an intake of students
2.
the act of taking in
3.
the opening through which fluid enters a duct or channel, esp the air inlet of a jet engine
4.
a ventilation shaft in a mine
5.
a contraction or narrowing: an intake in a garment
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Word Origin and History for intake
n.

c.1800, "place where water is taken into a channel or pipe," from in + take. Meaning "act of taking in" (food, breath, etc.) is first attested 1808.

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