siege

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n siege 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
    • Siege A seat; especially, a royal seat; a throne. "Upon the very siege of justice.""A stately siege of sovereign majesty,
      And thereon sat a woman gorgeous gay."
      "In our great hall there stood a vacant chair . . . And Merlin called it “The siege perilous.”"
    • Siege A workman's bench.
    • Siege Hence, a continued attempt to gain possession. "Love stood the siege , and would not yield his breast."
    • Siege Hence, place or situation; seat. "Ah! traitorous eyes, come out of your shameless siege forever."
    • Siege Passage of excrements; stool; fecal matter. "The siege of this mooncalf."
    • Siege Rank; grade; station; estimation. "I fetch my life and being
      From men of royal siege ."
    • Siege The floor of a glass-furnace.
    • Siege The sitting of an army around or before a fortified place for the purpose of compelling the garrison to surrender; the surrounding or investing of a place by an army, and approaching it by passages and advanced works, which cover the besiegers from the enemy's fire. See the Note under Blockade.
    • v. t Siege To besiege; to beset. "Through all the dangers that can siege The life of man."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n siege A seat; a throne.
    • n siege A fixed situation or position; station as to rank or class; specifically, of the heron, a station or an attitude of watchfulness for prey.
    • n siege A camp; an encampment, especially as the seat of a besieging army.
    • n siege The stationing or sitting down of an attacking force in a strong encampment before or around a fortified place, for the purpose of capturing it by continuous offensive operations, such as the breaching, undermining, or scaling of walls or other works, the destruction of its defenders, the cutting off of supplies, etc.; the act of besieging, or the state of being besieged; besiegement; beleaguerment: as, to push the siege; to undergo a siege; hence, figuratively, a prolonged or persistent endeavor to overcome resistance maintained with the aid of a shelter or cover of any kind.
    • n siege Stool; excrement; fecal matter.
    • n siege In mech.:
    • n siege The floor of a glass-furnace.
    • n siege A workmen's table or bench.
    • n siege A flock, as of herons, bitterns, or cranes.
    • siege To lay siege to; besiege; beleaguer; beset.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Siege sēj a sitting down with an army round or before a fortified place in order to take it by force: a continued endeavour to gain possession: :
    • v.t Siege to lay siege to
    • n Siege sēj (Shak.) a seat, throne, station
    • n Siege sēj (Shak.) excrement: the floor of a glass-furnace: a workman's bench
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Quotations

  • Virginia Woolf
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    “One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sege, OF. siege, F. siège, a seat, a siege; cf. It. seggia, seggio, zedio, a seat, asseggio, assedio, a siege, F. assiéger, to besiege, It. & LL. assediare, L. obsidium, a siege, besieging; all ultimately fr. L. sedere, to sit. See Sit, and cf. See (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. sege (Fr. siège), seat—Low L. assedium=L. obsidium, a siege—sedēre, to sit.

Usage

In literature:

And this was the beginning of the siege of Harby House.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
You speak of the imminent prospect of a siege.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Yet so far as is known they did nothing more in the siege than to parade and mount guard.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
Ricimer marched upon Rome, to which he laid siege in 472.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
The Germans presently brought into an overpowering bombardment their 11-inch siege guns.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
The sieges of Gibraltar and Mahon go on slowly.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
Now a siege was necessary, with all its accompaniments of blood and woe.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
It has stood several sieges.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
An event occurred, during the siege of the latter city, which marked the barbarous character of this war.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
The people continued to starve, ever hoping that the enemy would raise the siege.
"Old Quebec" by Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
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In poetry:

Keep pure thy heart, oh, keep it pure,
And thou wilt bless the hour,
When thou withstood temptation's siege,
And bridl'd passion's pow'r.
"Purity" by Thomas Frederick Young
'Twas in the June o' Ninety-dree
(The Duke o' Yark our then Commander beën)
The German Legion, Guards, and we
Laid siege to Valencieën.
"Valenciennes" by Thomas Hardy
"All safe, thank God!" says Masterson,
    "Now let the siege begin—
Our walls are strong." Then wails his wife,
    "Did you bring Polly in?"
"York Garrison, 1640" by Sarah Orne Jewett
The Baron has been with King Robert his liege,
These three long years in battle and siege;
News are there none of his weal or his woe,
And fain the Lady his fate would know.
"St. Swithin's Chair" by Sir Walter Scott
Her foes they besett her on everye side,
As thinking close siege shee cold never abide;
To beate down the walles they all did decree:
But stoutlye deffyd them brave Mary Ambree.
"Mary Ambree" by Andrew Lang
Her foes they besett her on everye side,
As thinking close siege shee cold never abide;
To beate down the walles they all did decree;
But stoutlye deffyd them brave Mary Ambree.
"Mary Ambree" by Anonymous British

In news:

Global Banking Comes Under Siege.
Libyan Town Under Siege Is a Center of Resistance to the New Government.
Ann Wright Ann Wright, longtime activist and critic of the ongoing siege of Gaza, took part in the Freedom Flotilla that was attacked by Israeli Navy commandos on May 31.
Under heavy siege from a disease that eats away at his nerves and muscles, Oster isn't strong enough to see clients in his office anymore.
BEA AHBECK bahbeck/mercedsunstar.com Merced College students Nick Gilbertson, 25, and Erik Levine, 21, with Team Gravity, rig their catapult during the 12th annual Merced College Siege Weapon competition in Merced, Calif Wed.
The Siege Museum interprets civilian life in Petersburg before, during, and immediately after the Civil War.
Gorgeous ' Siege ' interconnecting covers, activate.
Siege ' #1 preview shows promise, mighty Volstagg action.
Check out Joe Quesada's ' Siege ' variant covers.
Sufix says its new Siege monofilament is made with an exclusive resin formula shared only by its sister product, Elite.
Siege Of Corinth By Henry Halleck in 1862.
30-day state of siege allows the military to arrest suspects without a warrant.
Undercover to under siege .
0 John Quarstein & J. Michael Moore bring Civil War siege to life.
La Toma (The Siege ) Angus Gibson, Miguel Salazar, 2011 Colombia/South Africa Spanish with English subtitles 88 minutes.
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In science:

Taylor M, Perakakis P, Trachana V (2008) The siege of science.
Deep Impact: Unintended consequences of journal rank
But an earlier method of lambdadisparagement has collapsed before the siege engine57 of additional thought.
Astrophysics in 2006
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