take-up

[teyk-uhp]
noun
1.
the act of taking up.
2.
Machinery.
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, especially fulling.

Origin:
1815–25; noun use of verb phrase take up

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take-up

noun
1. any of various devices for reducing slack (as in a sewing machine) or taking up motion (as in a loom); "a take-up that winds photographic film on a spool" 
2. the action of taking up as by tightening or absorption or reeling in 
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Thereafter, however, construction accelerated and takeup steadily improved.
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