sit down


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sit down be seated
    • v sit down show to a seat; assign a seat for "The host seated me next to Mrs. Smith"
    • v sit down take a seat
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beethoven used to pour cold water over his head to stimulate his brain before sitting down to compose.
    • Sit down to take a seat: to pause, rest: to begin a siege
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  • William Penn
    “Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.”
  • Indian Proverb
    Indian Proverb
    “It is better to sit down than to stand, it is better to lie down than to sit, but death is the best of all.”
  • Horace Greeley
    Horace Greeley
    “The darkest day of any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sittan; Ger. sitzen, L. sedēre.


In literature:

Let us all sit down and be cosy till the men come; and will you tell us about the neighbourhood and the people we shall know?
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Sit down here again, and rest.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
But now sit down and tell me a little about how you spend your time.
"In Honour's Cause" by George Manville Fenn
Distie comes in, sits down, yawns; then the book yawns, I yawn, Gilmore yawns.
"The Weathercock" by George Manville Fenn
Now do me the favour to sit down, and talk the matter over quietly.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
I'm at your service for as long as you please; now sit down and tell me all he has said to you that you can remember.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
Sit down; he'll attend to you directly.
"The Coxswain's Bride" by R.M. Ballantyne
I will sit down on this bank; do you sit on the bank opposite to me.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
Won't you sit down, Lady Eileen?
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
He fiercely told me to sit down, using a fearful oath.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee

In poetry:

Then sit down meekly at my side
And watch my young life flee;
Then solemn peace of holy death
Come quickly unto thee.
"Early Death" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
In a dim and dingy attic,
Away from the pomp and glare,
A widow sits by a flickering lamp,
Bowed down by toil and care.
"Christmas Eve" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
And then he sat him down to grieve,
But could not sit for pain.
And then he laid him on the bed
And ne'er got up again.
"The Maid Of Ocram, Or, Lord Gregory" by John Clare
Therefore shall her tears be dried,
Therefore her poor lips will smile,
So her darling by her side
May sit down awhile.
"The Widow" by Katharine Tynan
The moon in the East is glowing;
I sit by the moaning sea;
The mists down the sea are blowing,
Down the sea all dewily.
"The Mermaid" by Madison Julius Cawein
A little child was sitting Up on her mother's knee
And down down her cheeks the bitter tears did flow.
And as I sadly listened I heard this tender plea,
'Twas uttered in a voice so soft and low.
"The Bread-Knife Ballad" by Robert W Service

In news:

Buena Vista University women's basketball coach Janet Berry remembered sitting down with one of her top players, Amy Meggers, before the latter's junior season.
As New York Rep Charles Rangel and Gov David Paterson face ethical inquiries, Gwen Ifill sits down with political scientist Douglas Muzzio to discuss what's ahead for the Empire State.
Will you be having a traditional sit-down turkey dinner with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day.
We are upset with the actions of the temporary village council president telling citizens to sit down and not to ask questions.
President Sits Down For One-On-One With Action 7 News.
You get home from a long day of work fixing bikes or driving a taxi, and sit down to a cup of tea.
David Corn joined MSNBC's Martin Bashir and Time magazine's Michael Scherer Thursday to talk about why the Romney campaign is avoiding sit-down interviews with the media before the election.
WHAS11's Kent Spencer had an exclusive sit down interview with former Cards Peyton Siva and Russ Smith.
Sit down and Strip — we won't tell.
Two of the coolest guys in Hollywood, Rich Sommer and Adam McKay, sit down with ESPN's Scoop Jackson and justify their surprising picks for the coolest athletes in the world.
He wants to sit down and put his feet up and rest.
Attendance tripled since the first meal, with about 100 people sitting down to dinner and conversation each Thursday evening.
The Angus dog doesn't taste processed or plain, it tastes like something you'd get in a sit-down restaurant and maybe pay seven bucks for.
Sometimes a mom just has to sit down and relax, and take five minutes for herself.
The food personality sits down with Charles Ferruzza.

In science:

To generate the first index label, the first customer enters the restaurant and sits down at some table, necessarily unoccupied since no one else is in the restaurant. A “dish” is set out at the new table; call the dish “1” since it is the first dish.
Clusters and features from combinatorial stochastic processes
Often, I can do the task but I can’t tell her how to do it. I have to sit down at her computer and show her.
The role of context and culture in teaching physics: The implication of disciplinary differences
In the blow-down limit, these typically give rise to small Abelian instantons sitting at the singularities, a phenomenon which also occurs at the orbifold fixed points of the singular limit of Bianchi-Sagnotti-Gimon-Polchinski models [109, 110].
Gauge Threshold Corrections for N = 2 Heterotic Local Models with Flux, and Mock Modular Forms
This reward scheme implicitly assumes that the bar-goers value sitting down above other criteria.
Designing agent-based market models
The MG represents a very special case of the bar problem, in which the seating capacity L = (N − 1)/2 and all the attendees wish to sit down.
Designing agent-based market models