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An equipment failure in which moving parts stick or jam because of friction, pressure, or excessive temperature.
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This idea, having once seized upon my fancy, greatly excited it, and I lost myself forthwith in revery.
At the gate a glimmer of reason in the form of sudden suspicion seized upon Jerry's beclouded mind.
Let him be a fugitive slave in a strange land--a land given up to be the hunting- ground for slaveholders--whose inhabitants are legal- ized kidnappers--where he is every moment sub- jected to the terrible liability of being seized upon by his fellowmen, as the hideous crocodile seizes upon his prey
It was then, however, that the Prince Prospero, maddening with rage and the shame of his own momentary cowardice, rushed hurriedly through the six chambers, while none followed him on account of a deadly terror that had seized upon all.
It is impossible to describe the extremity of terror which seized upon the Jew at this information, and seemed at once to overpower his whole faculties.
The chill that had first seized upon him when he heard of Houston's absence deepened and struck inward.
All of a sudden, the frenzy of the bell seized upon him; his look became extraordinary; he lay in wait for the great bell as it passed, as a spider lies in wait for a fly, and flung himself abruptly upon it, with might and main.
With this end in view she seized upon one of these implements and had just plunged it into the river bottom close to the shore when her eyes happened to rise to the edge of the jungle.
The fire and smoke were to be feared a thousand times over the water, and so I seized upon the first gallery which led out of and up from the suffocating smoke that was engulfing us.
With a little chuckle of content he seized upon it and, too fearful of interference from Trent to wait for a glass, raised it to his lips.
All this might be quite true, and indeed, proved to be so, but it did not materially help Anne in the first agony of homesickness that seized upon her.
None of the other sixth-form boys would move into their passage, and, to the disgust and indignation of Tom and East, one morning after breakfast they were seized upon by Flashman, and made to carry down his books and furniture into the unoccupied study, which he had taken.