• WordNet 3.6
    • n besieging the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Besieging That besieges; laying siege to.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • besieging Surrounding in a hostile manner; employed in a siege: as, a besieging army.
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “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
    “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.”


In literature:

It was a period of fearful suspense to the besieged.
"The Days of Bruce Vol 1" by Grace Aguilar
Robert of Gloucester came with Maud's troops to besiege it.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
While the besiegers were employed on their first parallel, the garrison received a considerable reinforcement.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 3 (of 5)" by John Marshall
It alarmed and irritated the besiegers of Trichinopoli, and inspired the besieged with hope and exultation.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
The weapons were piled by their respective holes while the besieged awaited the attack.
"The Border Boys Across the Frontier" by Fremont B. Deering
Meantime the besieged, on their part, were by no means idle.
"The Young Carpenters of Freiberg" by Anonymous
They next advanced to Montdidier, which they besieged, and took by capitulation.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part C. From Henry VII. to Mary" by David Hume
Marselly was defeated, taken, and afterwards killed by a. cannon ball from the batteries of the besiegers.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Did it bring succour to the besieged or a triumph to the besiegers?
"Deeds that Won the Empire" by W. H. Fitchett
Paris besieged is a beautiful, a surprising spectacle.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère

In poetry:

No, alas! this well-built city
Was in a perpetual fidget;
For the Tartars, without pity,
Did remorselessly besiege it.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
But in their fair metropolis,
Besieg'd by mighty Rome,
Spoil'd were their scenes of social bliss
And lost their peaceful home.
"Enigma XXVI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
And lovers they besieged her sore;
For love that she had given
To one who would come to her no more;
So she faded into heaven.
"Keeping Tryst" by Nora Pembroke
I know that to besiege my thoughts
Your face he framed so fair,
Tangled so rich and massed like storm
That purple cloud of hair.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
Bolders besieg'd the widow's heart,
And nobly won a little part;
But not one half would she let go;
No, 'twas about a third or so.
"John Bolders" by William Hutton
I ask not that my bed of death
From bands of greedy heirs be free;
For these besiege the latest breath
Of fortune's favoured sons, not me.
"A Wish" by Matthew Arnold

In news:

A President Besieged and Isolated, Yet at Ease .
Syrian rebels are retreating from the besieged district of Bab Amr in the central city of Homs, BBC reports.
Next story in Mideast & N. In this Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 photo, Free Syrian Army fighter, Bashar al Hajji, points towards the besieged Shiite village of Zahraa in Aleppo, Syria.
Protesters besiege Hong Kong plaza as crisis over 'national education' mounts.
Afghan Taliban besiege 'immoral' lakeside hotel.
Besieged Big East gets three shots at ACC.
It’s a long shot, but the constantly besieged Big East has an opportunity to go 3-0 against the ACC on Saturday.
Besieged US Embassy #Fails Its Twitter Defense.
Humanitarian problems grow in besieged Syrian city.
Why Small-Business Owners Feel Besieged .
Syria says it's ready to evacuate besieged families from Homs.
UN demands warring Syria parties allow evacuation from besieged Homs.
Stoops simplifies Sooners' besieged D. By David Ubben
Stoops simplifies Sooners' besieged D. Oklahoma linebacker Joseph Ibiloye kept hearing his coach scream his name.
Ten days with Syria's besieged protesters.