Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To subject to a siege; besiege. See Synonyms at besiege.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A seat; especially, a royal seat; a throne.
  • n. Hence, place or situation; seat.
  • n. Rank; grade; station; estimation.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To besiege; to beset.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lay siege to; besiege; beleaguer; beset.
  • 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.

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

  • n. 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

  • 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

  • "Ritzkrieg" is the Mail on Sunday's headline - on what it calls the "siege" of the Ritz hotel on Piccadilly.

    BBC News - Home

  • 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.

    NPR Topics: News

  • 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"?

    languagehat.com: FRENCH IN THE NEW YORKER.

  • Saturday, May 02, 2009 there was no severed head in a bag, nor an Australian city under siege from a pig

    there was no severed head in a bag, nor an Australian city under siege from a pig

  • Health Philosophy Politics and Other Rants: there was no severed head in a bag, nor an Australian city under siege from a pig

    there was no severed head in a bag, nor an Australian city under siege from a pig

  • 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.

    An Open Letter to John C. Wright

  • 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.

    Why Israel Needs the Bomb

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  • 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

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

    n. The floor of a glass-furnace.

    January 15, 2013

  • A group of bitterns

    November 16, 2007