E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A division of Yorkshire, similar to that better known as a hundred. The word means touch-arms, it being the custom of each vassal, when he attended the assemblies of the district, to touch the spear of his over-lord in token of homage. Victor Hugo, in his novel of LHomme qui Rit, calls a tipstaff a wapentake. (Anglo-Saxon, wapen, arms; tacan, to touch.)