from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A passage for drawing up smoke or air.
- n. Understanding; comprehension: very quick on the uptake.
- n. An act of taking in or absorbing, especially into a living organism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. understanding, comprehension
- n. absorption, especially of food or nutrient by an organism
- n. a chimney
- v. To take up, to lift.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The pipe leading upward from the smoke box of a steam boiler to the chimney, or smokestack; a flue leading upward.
- n. Understanding; apprehension.
- transitive v. To take into the hand; to take up; to help.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take up; take into the hand.
- To succor; help.
- n. A pipe or duct or channel leading gas, water, steam, or other liquid upward from below: used of part of a boiler furnace flue-system, in the gas-producer, blast-furnace, and elsewhere; specifically, a flue leading hot gas from the combustion-chamber or smoke-box to the chimney, in gas-making or in boiler-settings.
- n. The act of taking up; lifting.
- n. Perceptive power; apprehension; conception: as, he is quick in the uptake. Scott, Old Mortality, vii. The upcast pipe from the smoke-box of a steam-boiler, leading to the chimney.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)
- n. a process of taking up or using up or consuming
In blue states, we have out of wedlock abortions instead of out of wedlock births (well, we try to teach birth control but the uptake is never 100%).
And it made little difference that atom-splitting, radar, and television were British discoveries, since like jazz and cinema the main uptake of all the big ideas was on the American side of the Atlantic.
He has contributed strongly to the development of selective serotonin uptake blockers, a new generation of antidepressive drugs.
These data support the increased long-term uptake of NUEDEXTA, as we continue with our launch efforts and get increased accumulative exposure to doctors.
Amazon’s S3 service took this approach and their uptake is too slow, there’s no visible momentum (I know I’ll get lots of links for saying that).
"I don't want to be a scaremonger," Goldacre writes, "but it's relatively easy to spot drops in uptake of vaccines that happen immediately after major scare stories, or, perhaps, a major TV drama.
A common measure of aerobic efficiency is "VO2 max," or optimal oxygen uptake, which is determined using special equipment and a treadmill.
What thread holds the record for quickest uptake, that is the greatest number of posts in the course of the first hour after it appeared?
The design, if you are slow on the uptake is a crop circle.
"On the other hand, the non-pharmacological options were free from adverse events and the exercise group increased oxygen uptake, which is very positive."