American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The surrounding and blockading of a city, town, or fortress by an army attempting to capture it.
- n. A prolonged period, as of illness: a siege of asthma.
- n. Obsolete A seat, especially a throne.
- v. To subject to a siege; besiege. See Synonyms at besiege.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A seat; a throne.
- n. A fixed situation or position; station as to rank or class; specifically, of the heron, a station or an attitude of watchfulness for prey.
- n. A camp; an encampment, especially as the seat of a besieging army.
- n. The stationing or sitting down of an attacking force in a strong encampment before or around a fortified place, for the purpose of capturing it by continuous offensive operations, such as the breaching, undermining, or scaling of walls or other works, the destruction of its defenders, the cutting off of supplies, etc.; the act of besieging, or the state of being besieged; besiegement; beleaguerment: as, to push the siege; to undergo a siege; hence, figuratively, a prolonged or persistent endeavor to overcome resistance maintained with the aid of a shelter or cover of any kind.
- n. Stool; excrement; fecal matter.
- n. In mech.:
- n. The floor of a glass-furnace.
- n. A workmen's table or bench.
- n. A flock, as of herons, bitterns, or cranes.
- To lay siege to; besiege; beleaguer; beset.
- n. seat.
- n. military action
- v. transitive To assault a blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition; to besiege.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A seat; especially, a royal seat; a throne.
- n. obsolete Hence, place or situation; seat.
- n. obsolete Rank; grade; station; estimation.
- n. obsolete Passage of excrements; stool; fecal matter.
- n. The sitting of an army around or before a fortified place for the purpose of compelling the garrison to surrender; the surrounding or investing of a place by an army, and approaching it by passages and advanced works, which cover the besiegers from the enemy's fire. See the Note under Blockade.
- n. Hence, a continued attempt to gain possession.
- n. The floor of a glass-furnace.
- n. A workman's bench.
- v. rare To besiege; to beset.
- n. the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack
- From Middle English sege, from Old French sege, siege, seige (modern French siège), from Vulgar Latin *sedicum, ultimately from Latin sēdēs ("seat"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sege, from Old French, seat, from Vulgar Latin *sedicum, from *sedicāre, to sit, from Latin sedēre; see sed- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Palestinian IT Association (PITA) reports on the IT sector in Gaza, "We are able to export software and communication systems to the Middle East", "but the siege is our biggest obstacle" referring to the limitation on technologies Israel allows into Gaza.”
“Mohammed says he stopped believing in a peaceful solution to the conflict here when Israel imposed a blockade, or what he calls a siege of Gaza.”
“The date of the beginning as well as the end of the siege is here carefully marked (compare Eze 24: 1; Jer 39: 1; 52: 4-6); from which it appears, that, with a brief interruption caused by Nebuchadnezzar's marching to oppose the Egyptians who were coming to its relief but who retreated without fighting, the siege lasted a year and a half.”
“Ritzkrieg" is the Mail on Sunday's headline - on what it calls the "siege" of the Ritz hotel on Piccadilly.”
“Mohammed says he stopped believing in a peaceful solution to the conflict when Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza - what he calls a siege of Gaza.”
“Here's what I'm wondering: how do you know, for sure, that the "siege" mentioned in the article is a translation of the French word "siege"?”
“Saturday, May 02, 2009 there was no severed head in a bag, nor an Australian city under siege from a pig”
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“Given that Stern's statement carries no tone of grudging and embittered surrender, no sense of one who feels himself under siege from the terrible wrath of the Elders of Sodom -- a threat clearly considered insignificant enough by CBS, NBC, A&E and TBS that they feel no need to comment let alone surrender -- you would do well to consider if perhaps (horror of horrors!) he is one of The Enemy.”
“But from war to war its adversaries have made their intentions clear, and as their mass and wealth are applied to their militaries over time, Israel 's last line of defense in a continual state of siege is the nuclear arsenal devoted solely to preserving its existence.”
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