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

  • noun The act or position of one that sits.
  • noun A period during which one is seated and occupied with a single activity, such as posing for a portrait or reading a book.
  • noun A session or term, as of a legislature or court.
  • noun An act, condition, or period of brooding on eggs by a bird; incubation.
  • noun The number of eggs under a brooding bird; a clutch.
  • adjective Incubating a nest of eggs.
  • adjective Occupying an official position; incumbent.
  • adjective Of or for sitting.
  • adjective Done or executed while sitting.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or characteristic of a sitter: as, a sitting posture.
  • In bot, sessile—that is, without petiole, peduncle, or pedicel, etc.
  • Befitting; suitable; becoming.
  • noun A meeting of a body for the discussion or transaction of business; an official session.
  • noun The interval during which, at any one time, one sits; specifically, such a period during which one sits for an artist to take a portrait, model a bust, etc.; hence, generally, any one limited portion of time.
  • noun An incubation; a brooding, as of a hen upon eggs; also, the time for brooding, or during which a bird broods.
  • noun The number of eggs on which a bird sits during a single hatching; a clutch.
  • noun The place where one sits; a seat; specifically, a space sufficient for one person in a pew of a church, or the right to such a seat.
  • noun Settlement; place of abode; seat.
  • noun In English law, the part of the year in which judicial business is transacted. See Easter term, under Easter, and Trinity term, Michaelmas term, and Hilary term, under termination
  • noun In the Society of Friends, an occasion of family worship, especially when a minister is a guest.

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

  • adjective Being in the state, or the position, of one who, or that which, sits.
  • noun The state or act of one who sits; the posture of one who occupies a seat.
  • noun A seat, or the space occupied by or allotted for a person, in a church, theater, etc..
  • noun The act or time of sitting, as to a portrait painter, photographer, etc.
  • noun The actual presence or meeting of any body of men in their seats, clothed with authority to transact business; a session.
  • noun The time during which one sits while doing something, as reading a book, playing a game, etc.
  • noun A brooding over eggs for hatching, as by fowls.
  • noun an apartment where the members of a family usually sit, as distinguished from a drawing-room, parlor, chamber, or kitchen.

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

  • noun a period during which one is seated for a specific purpose
  • noun a legislative session
  • noun the act (of a bird) of incubating eggs; the clutch of eggs under a brooding bird
  • verb Present participle of sit.
  • adjective executed from a sitting position
  • adjective occupying a specific official or legal position; incumbent

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

  • adjective not moving and therefore easy to attack
  • adjective (of persons) having the torso erect and legs bent with the body supported on the buttocks
  • noun (photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait)
  • noun a meeting of spiritualists
  • noun a session as of a legislature or court
  • noun the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position


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