Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The surrounding and blockading of a city, town, or fortress by an army attempting to capture it.
  • noun A prolonged period, as of illness.
  • noun Obsolete A seat, especially a throne.
  • transitive verb To subject to a siege; besiege.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To lay siege to; besiege; beleaguer; beset.
  • noun A seat; a throne.
  • noun A fixed situation or position; station as to rank or class; specifically, of the heron, a station or an attitude of watchfulness for prey.
  • noun A camp; an encampment, especially as the seat of a besieging army.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Stool; excrement; fecal matter.
  • noun In mech.:
  • noun The floor of a glass-furnace.
  • noun A workmen's table or bench.
  • noun A flock, as of herons, bitterns, or cranes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A seat; especially, a royal seat; a throne.
  • noun obsolete Hence, place or situation; seat.
  • noun obsolete Rank; grade; station; estimation.
  • noun obsolete Passage of excrements; stool; fecal matter.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Hence, a continued attempt to gain possession.
  • noun The floor of a glass-furnace.
  • noun A workman's bench.
  • noun a heavy gun for siege operations.
  • noun artillery adapted for attacking fortified places.
  • transitive verb rare To besiege; to beset.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun seat
  • noun military action
  • verb transitive To assault a blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition; to besiege.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English sege, from Old French, seat, from Vulgar Latin *sedicum, from *sedicāre, to sit, from Latin sedēre; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English sege, from Old French sege, siege, seige (modern French siège), from Vulgar Latin *sedicum, ultimately from Latin sēdēs ("seat").

Examples

  • 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.

    Hani Almadhoun: Cloud Computing & Outmaneuvering the Gaza Siege

  • 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.

    Hani Almadhoun: Cloud Computing & Outmaneuvering the Gaza Siege

  • 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.

    Hani Almadhoun: Cloud Computing & Outmaneuvering the Gaza Siege

  • 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.

    Hani Almadhoun: Cloud Computing & Outmaneuvering the Gaza Siege

  • 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.

    Hani Almadhoun: Cloud Computing & Outmaneuvering the Gaza Siege

  • 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.

    A Friendship Tested By Deep Gaza-Israel Divide

  • 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.

    A Friendship Tested By Deep Gaza-Israel Divide

  • 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.

    A Friendship Tested By Deep Gaza-Israel Divide

  • 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.

    A Friendship Tested By Deep Gaza-Israel Divide

  • 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.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

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  • A group of bitterns

    November 16, 2007

  • n. Stool; excrement; fecal matter. Wouldn't last long on

    n. The floor of a glass-furnace.

    January 15, 2013

  • Great! Can't wait to tell the housemates 'I'm off to besiege the lavatory; I may be some time' at discharge-time tomorrow morning.

    January 15, 2013