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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Intak, Intack, n. [Tak n. In sense 2, e.m.E. (1523); in sense 1 only Sc.]

1. The place where water is taken in by a channel to supply a mill. 1466 (1471) Reg. Great Seal 214/2.
Johnne … sall brouke … in the said burn anent the hollgate that cummys fra Downycane with stankin and intak of the said burn til his millis
1559 Ib. 74/1.
Discendand doun the said burn quhill it cum to the intak of the ovir mylne of Tullielt
1599 Ib. 284/2.
Thairfra haldand south the said mylneleid from the heid and intak thairof

b. An opening by which water can enter, or possibly, the offset on a wall, as in later Sc. use. 1690 Fraser P. 268.
Wallace Toure [of Dumbarton Castle] is verie much ruined by reasone of ane intack in the easter wall by quhich the raine enters the wall

2. A piece of land taken in from a moorland or common. 1523 Carnwalth Barony Ct. 9.
The vedo of Greinscheil hous desyrit to haif of the intak of the Cald Law
1542 Exch. R. XVII. 582. 1580 Edinb. Test. VIII. 64 b.
The said James sall gers hir ȝeirlie sex lambes sa lang as scho leuis gangand with his awne in the intak
1682 Lanark B. Rec. 211.
The peace of land called the new intack
1702 Foulis Acc. Bk. 300.
For setting out trees in the intack, and haining at Raecht
1705 Ib. 389.
For 4 days mawing the intak

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