What does the word seizure mean?

Usage examples for seizure

  1. The lady had accompanied him to the Bellingham inn on first hearing of Richard's seizure. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. The seizure and purchase of public land, sometimes contrary to the letter of the law, more often contrary to its spirit, was looked upon as an intolerable evil. – The United States Since The Civil War by Charles Ramsdell Lingley