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From seize +‎ -ing.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsizɪŋ/
  • (file)



  1. present participle of seize


seizing (plural seizings)

  1. The act of grabbing or taking possession.
  2. (chiefly in the plural) Something seized.
    The pirates buried their seizings and marked the map with an X.
  3. A type of lashing or binding by a small cord.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 36
      Cut your seizings and draw the poles, ye harpooneers!”
      Silently obeying the order, the three harpooneers now stood with the detached iron part of their harpoons, some three feet long, held, barbs up, before him.
    1. Such lashing used to temporarily immobilize the ends of a rope to prevent a knot from slipping or collapsing.


seizing (comparative more seizing, superlative most seizing)

  1. That seizes the attention; impressive.
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 45:
      It is a world of seizing visual beauty, of shimmering whites and yellows that shift to glowing apricot, pink and violet with the sinking of the saturant sun.