• Chair Construction
    Chair Construction
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chair preside over "John moderated the discussion"
    • v chair act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university "She chaired the department for many years"
    • n chair the position of professor "he was awarded an endowed chair in economics"
    • n chair a seat for one person, with a support for the back "he put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down"
    • n chair a particular seat in an orchestra "he is second chair violin"
    • n chair an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person "the murderer was sentenced to die in the chair"
    • n chair the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization "address your remarks to the chairperson"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

PG from the Drawing of S. L. Fildes "The empty chair" Gad's Hill Ninth of June 1870 PG from the Drawing of S. L. Fildes "The empty chair" Gad's Hill Ninth of June 1870
Sketching Chair Sketching Chair
Chestnut Chair Chestnut Chair
Kitchen Range and Kitchen Chair Kitchen Range and Kitchen Chair
Rocking-Chair, Towel Rack, and Chair Rocking-Chair, Towel Rack, and Chair
Child's High Chair and Cot Child's High Chair and Cot
Side Chair of Dining-Room Set Side Chair of Dining-Room Set
Detail of the Side Chair Detail of the Side Chair

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world record for rocking non-stop in a rocking chair is 480 hours held by Dennis Easterling, of Atlanta, Georgia
    • Chair A movable single seat with a back.
    • Chair A vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles, or two-wheeled carriage, drawn by one horse; a gig. "Think what an equipage thou hast in air,
      And view with scorn two pages and a chair ."
    • Chair An iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers.
    • Chair An official seat, as of a chief magistrate or a judge, but esp. that of a professor; hence, the office itself. "The chair of a philosophical school.""A chair of philology."
    • Chair The presiding officer of an assembly; a chairman; as, to address the chair .
    • Chair To carry publicly in a chair in triumph.
    • Chair To function as chairperson of (a meeting, committee, etc.); as, he chaired the meeting.
    • Chair To place in a chair.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The electric chair was invented by a dentist
    • n chair A seat having a back, and sometimes arms, intended for the accommodation of one person. Chairs are usually movable, and made of wood, cane, or other light material, but are sometimes fixed, and sometimes made of stone or metal. The seats are usually and the backs frequently made of some soft material, often upholstered.
    • n chair A seat of office or authority: as, the chair of a judge, a professor, the presiding officer of a meeting or an assembly, etc. Hence— The office itself; especially, the office of a professor; a professorship: as, to hold the chair of logic or divinity; to found a chair in a university.
    • n chair The incumbent of a seat of authority; a professor or the like; now, specifically, the chairman or presiding officer of an assemblage: as, to address or support the chair.
    • n chair One of four conventions connected with the eisteddfod of Wales, in which bardic matters are discussed and disciples trained in preparation for the great gorsedd or assembly.
    • n chair A sedan-chair.
    • n chair A two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse; a chaise; a gig.
    • n chair One of the iron blocks forming a kind of clutch by which, according to a common English system, the rails in a railroad are supported and secured to the sleepers or ties. A jointchair is a chair that secures the connection of two rails at their ends.
    • n chair A sort of low wheeled carriage.
    • chair To place or carry in a chair; especially, carry publicly in a chair in triumph.
    • chair To place in a chair of office; install; enthrone.
    • n chair The office or dignity of chief magistrate of a city or corporate town in England, especially of the City of London: as, an alderman below the chair is one who has not yet served as lord mayor.
    • n chair In glass-blowing, a seat of special construction in which the glass-blower sits, using the elongated and horizontal arms as supports for the pontil as he rolls it backward and forward; hence, the gang of men who work in and about such a chair.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before 1859, baseball umpires were seated in padded chairs behind home plate
    • n Chair chār a movable seat for one, with a back to it: a covered vehicle for one person, as a sedan-chair: the seat or office of one in authority, as a judge, a bishop, or the person presiding over any meeting—hence 'to take the chair' = to assume the place of president; 'to address the chair' = to direct one's speech to the chairman; 'to support the chair' = to uphold the authority of the chairman—often, when endangered in a public meeting, asserted by cries of 'Chair!': the seat from which a professor delivers his lectures, the office or function of a professor—'socialists of the chair' = mere doctrinaire or theoretical advocates of socialism: cast-iron supports for rails under the permanent way in a railway, held by wooden wedges, and spiked on to transverse wooden sleepers
    • v.t Chair to place in a seat of authority: to carry publicly in triumph
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  • Arnold Toynbee
    Arnold Toynbee
    “America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The colleges, while they provide us with libraries, furnish no professors of books; and I think no chair is so much needed.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “The discontented man finds no easy chair.”
  • W. S. Gilbert
    “It isn't so much what's on the table that matters, as what's on the chairs.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into.”


Take the chair - If you take the chair, your become the chairman or chairwoman of a committee, etc.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. chaiere, chaere, OF. chaiere, chaere, F. chaire, pulpit, fr. L. cathedra, chair, armchair, a teacher's or professor's chair, Gr. down + seat, to sit, akin to E. sit,. See Sit, and cf. Cathedral chaise


In literature:

Impressed in spite of himself, the Banker took another drink and leaned forward in his chair.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
Her forearms, ruffled and braceleted, lay along the fringed back of the chair, and from one negligent hand depended a rose.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Sidney Prale leaned back in his chair and watched the show.
"The Brand of Silence" by Harrington Strong
I remember that I got out of my chair and walked about, proud of the fact that I was to be the husband of so noble a woman.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Then he nodded to a chair.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
She was in her chair in the living room when he returned home.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
Queen Elizabeth sat in that chair near the antique mantelpiece of lapis-lazuli; this chair is never moved.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
Mr. Dockwrath resolved to stand upon his rights, so he did not move his chair, but looked up over his shoulder at the new comers.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
He also drew a chair up to the table and, spearing a slice of bread with his knife, bent bushy brows.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
She sat up with a start and leant forward in her chair in an attitude that gave force to her sharp enquiry.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

His staff's at the wa',
Toom, toom is his chair!
His bannet an' a'!
An' I maun be here!
"Fareweel, O Fareweel" by Carolina Oliphant
Said the Mirror skeleton
Hey good looking
Said the Electric Chair skeleton
Hey what's cooking?
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
Or we sail along the page
To some other land or age.
Here's our body in the chair,
But our mind is over there.
"Books" by Eleanor Farjeon
I cross the old familiar door
And take the dear old chair.
You look with desolated eyes
Upon me sitting there.
"The First Christmas Apart" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Is he tall or short, or dark or fair?
Does he sit on a stool or a sofa or a chair,
The Akond of Swat?
"The Akond of Swat" by Edward Lear
Flushing the Cherubs every where,
And skidding as she ran,
She refuged under Peter's Chair
And waited for her man.
"Dinah in Heaven" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Camara Backs Seddio For Brooklyn Dem Chair.
Michael May of Amsterdam told the other passengers on the coach bus to grab a chair.
Big chair for a big day.
What it doesn't do is make officially licensed merchandise, so this is known only as a SciFi themed desk, and the replica of Kirk's chair from Star Trek is called the "Galactic Throne".
Earlier this month, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz found herself in hot water after she seemingly fabricated a statement she attributed to Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, essentially accusing Republicans of playing politics on Israel.
Pageant Chair Sue Grove said the court is responsible for making the corsages.
Amtrak Board Chair Praises Funding Stability.
Christine Essel is a Hollywood power player who has chaired big business boards and has never run for office.
Her feet flail as she slides back and forth in a massive wooden rocking chair.
(FORTUNE Small Business) – Whoever designed my Ikea office chair is a mystery, but I'm willing to bet they did not get us to the moon.
But I deserve my chair.
The wood credenzas, tables, sofas and chairs will be sold at his second New York store, set to open in the city's Tribeca district in May He also has been hard at work on a new ceramics collection that he hopes will be in stores in February.
Maine chair lift derails, injures skiers.
The Classic City Pilot Club of Athens donated a chair lift to the YWCO over 18 years ago that enabled people with disabilities the opportunity to enter the YWCO pool for classes, lessons, and therapy.
Let's help All-Saints install needed chair lift .

In science:

The chairs of those sessions were asked to summarise the discussions, as presented in these proceedings.
Understanding Lyman-alpha emitters
Each discussion was chaired by one person who was asked to summarise the discussion in their session in this publication.
Understanding Lyman-alpha emitters
This conference was organised by the SOC consisting of Johan Fynbo, Eric Gawiser, Klaus Meisenheimer, Kim Nilsson (chair), Daniel Schaerer and G ¨oran ¨Ostlin, and the LOC consisting of Helmut Dannerbauer, Jaron Kurk, Kim Nilsson (chair), Heide Seifert and Christian Tapken.
Understanding Lyman-alpha emitters
Xindong Wu, Steering Committee chair of the IEEE ICDM conference series for the use of preference/bid data collected during the ICDM’07 conference reviewing process, and associated information about papers/reviewers.
Recommender Systems for the Conference Paper Assignment Problem
Taking the load off the conference chairs: towards a digital paper-routing assistant.
Recommender Systems for the Conference Paper Assignment Problem