Act of stealing; private felonious taking of another person's goods; the thing stolen.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)
The act of stealing; robbery; the property stolen.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
The taking possession of the goods or movables of another secretly without leave or with violence; the act of stealing.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Act of thieving.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Act of stealing.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (noun) (n.) (noun)

Usage examples:

In Turkey, an officer may be convicted of theft but unless his sentence exceeds six months he suffers neither loss of his commission nor even loss of rank.
- A Prisoner in Turkey by John Still
How you obtained possession of the vase I do not know, nor do I know how my friend has traced the theft to you; least of all how this scandal is to be hushed up.
- The Sins of Séverac Bablon by Sax Rohmer
There is nothing dangerous about them, save the theft of the paper.
- Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman