besiege

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v besiege harass, as with questions or requests "The press photographers besieged the movie star"
    • v besiege surround so as to force to give up "The Turks besieged Vienna"
    • v besiege cause to feel distressed or worried "She was besieged by so many problems that she got discouraged"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Besiege To beset or surround with armed forces, for the purpose of compelling to surrender; to lay siege to; to beleaguer; to beset. "Till Paris was besieged , famished, and lost."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • besiege To lay siege to; beleaguer; beset or surround with armed forces for the purpose of compelling to surrender, either by famine or by violent attacks: as, to besiege a castle or city.
    • besiege To beset; throng around; harass.
    • besiege Synonyms To beset, hem in, invest, blockade.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Besiege be-sēj′ to lay siege to: to beset with armed forces: to throng round
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Quotations

  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Their learning is like bread in a besieged town: every man gets a little, but no man gets a full meal.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “Marriage is like a besieged castle; those who are on the outside wish to get in; and those who are on the inside wish to get out.”
  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
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    “The best men are not those who have waited for chances but who have taken them; besieged the chance; conquered the chance; and made chance the servitor.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bisegen,; pref. be-, + segen, to siege. See Siege

Usage

In literature:

Next morning he exploded powder near by, and drew the fire of the besiegers, attracted by the flashes, upon the dummies.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
The first breaking of ground by besiegers, in order to carry on their approaches towards a besieged place.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He defeated the Romans under the walls of Aquileia, and in 401 besieged Honorius in Milan.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
The besieged were almost as numerous as the besiegers.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
They were, at that moment, besieging the fortress.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Sometimes it seemed as if the allies were the besieged and not the besiegers.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The royal troops were besieging it.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
Following up their successes, they besieged Bobbio, and drove away those who had dispersed its rightful and former occupants.
"The Vaudois of Piedmont" by John Napper Worsfold
The besieged Rifleman of course kept himself invisible.
"The Riflemen of the Miami" by Edward S. Ellis
The Turks besieged Vienna in 1530 and made several invasions of Hungary and Austria.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
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In poetry:

It was when brave King Sanchez
Was before Zamora slain,
And his great besieging army
Lay encamped upon the plain.
"The Challenge. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Praise for Thee, Lord, in Zion waits;
Prayer shall besiege Thy temple gates;
All flesh shall to Thy throne repair,
And find through Christ salvation there.
"Praise For Thee, Lord, in Zion Waits" by Henry Francis Lyte
Once the Emperor Charles of Spain,
With his swarthy, grave commanders,
I forget in what campaign,
Long besieged, in mud and rain,
Some old frontier town of Flanders.
"The Emperor's Bird's-Nest. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Never believe, though in my nature reign'd
All frailties that besiege all kinds of blood,
That it could so preposterously be stain'd
To leave for nothing all thy sum of good:
"O Never Say That I Was False of Heart" by William Shakespeare
He nearly drowned in hermit-seeking seas
Of visitors — those voids he had allowed
To suck his soul — damned sycophantic fleas!
Wrenching himself from the besieging crowd,
He gripped with clammy hands and bulbous knees
"The Stylite" by Rainer Maria Rilke
For seven months besieged they fought the Boers without dismay,
Until at last the Boers were glad to run away;
Because Baden-Powell's gallant band put them to flight
By cannon shot and volleys of musketry to the left and right.
"The Relief of Mafeking" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Besieged Ohio permit holders got some rare good news when Gov Ted Strickland proposes expanding the state lottery as part of an effort to avoid a projected $733 million budget shortfall.
Or at least give the besieged Colorado Civil Rights Commission a break and concentrate on alleged injustices in Minnesota, where you're now living.
A Besieged School District and Its Nomadic Students Struggle to Keep Up.
MISRATA, Libya — Two Western photojournalists including an Oscar-nominated film director were killed Wednesday in the besieged city of Misrata while.
MISRATA, Libya — Two Western photojournalists including an Oscar-nominated film director were killed Wednesday in the besieged city of Misrata while covering battles between rebels and Libyan government forces.
Besieged by bad news on many fronts, they look to restaurants to provide an inexpensive getaway that engages and entertains.
At least 40 people were killed in an airstrike on a key hospital in the besieged city of Aleppo , a rebel leader there told CNN.
Thousands of people besieged a government office in a southern Chinese town Tuesday and blocked a highway to demand a halt to a planned coal-fired power plant because of concerns about pollution, protesters said.
For besieged Syrian dictator Assad, only exit may be body bag.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Nigeria's army says a local police chief and 14 suspected radical Islamist sect members have died in a shootout in Nigeria's besieged northeast.
Nigeria's army says a local police chief and 14 suspected radical Islamist sect members have died in a shootout in Nigeria's besieged northeast.
N igeria's army says a local police chief and 14 suspected radical Islamist sect members have died in a shootout in Nigeria's besieged northeast.
Egypt's intelligence chief is spearheading talks with Hamas and Israel to forge a stop to the three days of warring that has engulfed Gaza and the Jewish state and head off an Israeli ground offensive into the besieged Palestinian territory.
Meed's resistance work started with the deportation of 265,000 Jews from Warsaw to the Treblinka death camp and continued after the uprising by the ghetto 's besieged remnants.
Health-care reform is said to be in trouble partly because of those raucous August town-hall meetings in which Democratic members of Congress were besieged by shouters opposed to change.
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