From the verb phrase take up.
- The act of taking something up, by tightening, absorption, or reeling in.
- (machinery) That which takes up or tightens; specifically, a device in a sewing machine or loom for drawing up the slack thread as the needle rises, in completing a stitch.
- Acceptance (of a proposal, offer, request, etc.).
- the take-up of benefits by the unemployed
machinery: that which takes up or tightens