• WordNet 3.6
    • n session a meeting devoted to a particular activity "a filming session","a gossip session"
    • n session a meeting for execution of a group's functions "it was the opening session of the legislature"
    • n session a meeting of spiritualists "the seance was held in the medium's parlor"
    • n session the time during which a school holds classes "they had to shorten the school term"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The same amount of calories are burned by doing 6 sessions that are 5 minutes each of an activity and doing 1 session of that activity for 30 minutes
    • Session Hence, also, the time, period, or term during which a court, council, legislature, etc., meets daily for business; or, the space of time between the first meeting and the prorogation or adjournment; thus, a session of Parliaments is opened with a speech from the throne, and closed by prorogation. The session of a judicial court is called a term. "It was resolved that the convocation should meet at the beginning of the next session of Parliament."
    • Session The act of sitting, or the state of being seated. "So much his ascension into heaven and his session at the right hand of God do import.""But Viven, gathering somewhat of his mood, . . . Leaped from her session on his lap, and stood."
    • Session The actual sitting of a court, council, legislature, etc., or the actual assembly of the members of such a body, for the transaction of business. "It's fit this royal session do proceed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: For a typical lovemaking session, the man will thrust an average of 60 to 120 times.
    • n session The act of sitting, or the state of being seated: now rare except in the specific theological sense of Christ's sitting or enthronement at the right hand of God the Father. Also assession.
    • n session The sitting together of a body of individuals for the transaction of business; the sitting of a court, academic body, council, legislature, etc., or the actual assembly of the members of these or any similar body for the transaction of business: as, the court is now in session (that is, the members are assembled for business).
    • n session The time, space, or term during which a court, council, legislature, or the like meets daily for business, or transacts business regularly without breaking up. Thus, a session of the legislature commonly means the period from its assembling to its adjournment for the year or season, in contra-distinction to its daily sessions during that period. So a session of Parliament comprises the time from its meeting to its prorogation, of which there is in general but one in each year. Technically at common law it was held that a meeting of Parliament could not be called a session unless the sovereign passed an act. The session of a judicial court is called a termination Also applied in the United States to the daily or half-daily periods of work of a school.
    • n session plural In law, a sitting of justices in court, originally, as in England, upon commission: as, the sessions of oyer and terminer. See oyer.
    • n session Eccles., the lowest court of the Presbyterian Church, composed of the pastor and ruling or lay elders of the local church. It has the power to admit and discipline members, regulate the times of service, and administer all the spiritual affairs of the local church, and is answerable for its acts to the presbytery. In the Established Church of Scotland it is specifically called the kirk session (which see, under kirk).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Somebody actually timed a rattlesnake mating session that lasted 22.75 hours.
    • n Session sesh′un the sitting of a court or public body: the time it sits: the period of time between the meeting and prorogation of Parliament: the act of sitting, esp. the enthronement of Christ at the right hand of God the Father:
    • n Session sesh′un (Scot.) the lowest Presbyterian church court, the kirk-session
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  • Will Rogers
    “This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.”
  • Saying
    “No mans life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.”


Bull session - If you have a bull session, you have an informal group discussion about something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sessio, fr. sedere, sessum, to sit: cf. F. session,. See Sit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sessio, sessionissedēre, sessum, to sit.


In literature:

The sessions are yearly, beginning on the first Monday in December, and last until March 4th; this is known as the short session.
"Citizenship" by Emma Guy Cromwell
The extra session convened on April 27th.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
During the sessions of Elbert court his arguments swept the jury, his word was law outside.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
The session adjourned after electing temporary speaker, clerk, etc.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
The sessions are in the evening, eight hours per week, the fee being six marks the half year.
"The Condition and Tendencies of Technical Education in Germany" by Arthur Henry Chamberlain
Parliament held its sessions in a building near the shore, called St. Stephen's.
"Charles I" by Jacob Abbott
A rather serious crisis arose during the early part of this session (1890).
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
He was going to Annapolis, where Congress was in session, in order to resign his command.
"The Critical Period of American History" by John Fiske
The evening session was held in Cooper Institute, Mrs. Stanton presiding.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
The session was now within ten days of its close.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay

In poetry:

From this session interdict
Every fowl of tyrant wing,
Save the eagle, feather'd king;
Keep the obsequy so strict.
"The Phoenix And The Turtle" by William Shakespeare
Ae saxpence in a month was a'
Alloo'd her by the session;
An' to ha'e wished or socht for mair
Wad been a great transgression.
"Ballad of The Monkland Cottar" by Janet Hamilton
For this Liberal diet
Has filled him right out;
He has grown very quiet,
Exceedingly stout,
And he's taken a nap after dinner,
And has slept the session quite out.
"The Over-Fed Fuse" by C J Dennis
Let's have a tiny little bush fire.
It's a cold, cold night tonight.
We are sick of this long session
Of the darkness of depression.
And a fire would make things bright.
"The Bush Fire" by C J Dennis
Take this Sea, whose diapason knells
On scrolls of silver snowy sentences,
The sceptred terror of whose sessions rends
As her demeanors motion well or ill,
All but the pieties of lovers' hands.
"Voyages II" by Harold Hart Crane
When meditation is clear light river flow
There is no need to confine it to sessions and breaks
Meditator and object refined until they're gone
This heart bone of meditation, it beats quite well
"The Profound Definitive Meaning" by Jetsun Milarepa

In news:

IRSC to hold bachelor's degree information sessions.
Comex gold prices ended the US day session near unchanged on the day Wednesday.
Nine weekly sessions Monday through Friday, June 8-August 7.
A call on May 7 will serve as a final wrap-up to the session.
Bill has passed the House and was the subject of a closed-door executive session in the Senate on December 14.
Kim's Academy holds a testing session on Saturday at Riverdale Park.
Friday marks the 25th anniversary of Black Monday when the S&P 500 fell more than 20% in a single trading session.
Plaid Bo Bootch Peel Session.
Black Dog, the Rue Peel Session.
The Edmond Republican says he will work next legislative session to repeal a 112-year-old state law that makes blasphemy a misdemeanor.
President Obama addresses the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Sept 23, 2011.
If you go to jam session s looking to play the same tunes every week, you've got lots of options around town, but the best jam session s are those where musicians actually learn something.
A repeat session follows at 9 am Thursdays for those choosing a morning session.
Virtual Show session) Click above/below to view this webinar, originally offered as a session at the 2011 InterACT.
"Understanding Alzheimer's," will be held Wednesday with a 2 pm afternoon session and a 7 pm evening session.

In science:

Cardy, Les Houches, session XLIX, 1988 /fields, strings and critical phenomena, ed. E.
Two dimensional fractional supersymmetric conformal field theories and the two point functions
Ginsparg, Les Houches, session XLIX, 1988 /fields, strings and critical phenomena, ed. E.
Two dimensional fractional supersymmetric conformal field theories and the two point functions
There is, however, some logic to having these sessions and this talk.
The Utility of Quantum Field Theory
Here, the output of the appropriate Mathematica session will be translated into a proper C++ file and linked to the ob ject.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
In the session, several specific aspects of the theory were discussed.
GR16: Quantum General Relativity