• Puppet, with her guitar, sitting on top of a haystack
    Puppet, with her guitar, sitting on top of a haystack
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sitting (of persons) having the torso erect and legs bent with the body supported on the buttocks "the seated Madonna","the audience remained seated"
    • adj sitting not moving and therefore easy to attack "a sitting target"
    • n sitting the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position "he read the mystery at one sitting"
    • n sitting (photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait) "he wanted his portrait painted but couldn't spare time for the sitting"
    • n sitting a session as of a legislature or court
    • n sitting a meeting of spiritualists "the seance was held in the medium's parlor"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Squanko sitting on a wide window ledge Squanko sitting on a wide window ledge
Jacques, with his crutches, sits on a bench under a tree Jacques, with his crutches, sits on a bench under a tree
Found the Old Woman Sitting Alone--3-17-225 Found the Old Woman Sitting Alone--3-17-225
A kitten sits and stares at a doll A kitten sits and stares at a doll
A happy-looking kitten sitting upright A happy-looking kitten sitting upright
sitting wolfhound puppy sitting wolfhound puppy
sitting puppy sitting puppy
wolfhound sitting by collapsed man wolfhound sitting by collapsed man

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are three golf balls sitting on the moon
    • Sitting A brooding over eggs for hatching, as by fowls. "The male bird . . . amuses her [the female] with his songs during the whole time of her sitting ."
    • Sitting A seat, or the space occupied by or allotted for a person, in a church, theater, etc.; as, the hall has 800 sittings .
    • a Sitting Being in the state, or the position, of one who, or that which, sits.
    • Sitting The act or time of sitting, as to a portrait painter, photographer, etc.
    • Sitting The actual presence or meeting of any body of men in their seats, clothed with authority to transact business; a session; as, a sitting of the judges of the King's Bench, or of a commission. "The sitting closed in great agitation."
    • Sitting The state or act of one who sits; the posture of one who occupies a seat.
    • Sitting The time during which one sits while doing something, as reading a book, playing a game, etc. "For the understanding of any one of St. Paul's Epistles I read it all through at one sitting ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Over 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their asses.
    • n sitting A meeting of a body for the discussion or transaction of business; an official session.
    • n sitting The interval during which, at any one time, one sits; specifically, such a period during which one sits for an artist to take a portrait, model a bust, etc.; hence, generally, any one limited portion of time.
    • n sitting An incubation; a brooding, as of a hen upon eggs; also, the time for brooding, or during which a bird broods.
    • n sitting The number of eggs on which a bird sits during a single hatching; a clutch.
    • n sitting The place where one sits; a seat; specifically, a space sufficient for one person in a pew of a church, or the right to such a seat.
    • n sitting Settlement; place of abode; seat.
    • n sitting In English law, the part of the year in which judicial business is transacted. See Easter term, under Easter, and Trinity term, Michaelmas term, and Hilary term, under termination
    • n sitting In the Society of Friends, an occasion of family worship, especially when a minister is a guest.
    • sitting Pertaining to or characteristic of a sitter: as, a sitting posture.
    • sitting In bot, sessile—that is, without petiole, peduncle, or pedicel, etc.
    • sitting Befitting; suitable; becoming.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jackie Bibby holds the record for sitting in a bathtub with the most live rattlesnakes. He sat in a tub with 35 of them.
    • Sitting state of resting on a seat: a seat, a special seat allotted to a seat-holder, at church, &c.; also the right to hold such: the part of the year in which judicial business is transacted: the act or time of resting in a posture for a painter to take a likeness: an official meeting to transact business: uninterrupted application to anything for a time: the time during which one continues at anything: a resting on eggs for hatching, the number hatched at one time
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  • Ibo Proverb
    Ibo Proverb
    “What an elder sees sitting; the young can't see standing.”
  • William B. Davis
    William B. Davis
    “It struck me while I was sitting here; everything changes but the sea.”
  • William James
    “The path to cheerfulness is to sit cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.”
  • Katharine Whitehorn
    Katharine Whitehorn
    “Any committee that is the slightest use is composed of people who are too busy to want to sit on it for a second longer than they have to.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “A man sits as many risks as he runs.”


Sit on the fence - If someone sits on the fence, they try not to support either side in a dispute.
Sit pretty - Someone who's sitting pretty is in a very advantageous situation.
Sit well with - If something doesn't sit well with you, it doesn't please you or is not acceptable to you.
Sitting duck - A sitting duck is something or someone that is easy to criticise or target.


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


In literature:

An old woman's face, peering round the doorway, discovered her sitting on the doorstep, a Greek dustman gazing stupidly at her.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
As he did so, my own last words rang familiarly in my ears: "I don't sit up so late" ... "Don't sit up.
"Berry And Co." by Dornford Yates
He saw her sitting, always sitting, in her room, while life flowed on outside.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
He is sitting with his head all bent over.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The main building of the house was the stofa, or sitting and sleeping room.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
I suppose you must sit upon some Committees.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
I caught sight of enough women for a woman's club in the sitting-room.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
There he sits and there he will stay till late.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
Let's sit on the porch until you are nicely rested.
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
Professor Hyslop has constructed a table for each sitting, and a table of the sittings as a whole.
"Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research" by Michael Sage

In poetry:

I sit looking at the floor.
Little will I think or say
If he seek another door;
Even if he stay.
"The New Love" by Dorothy Parker
And not sit both night & day.
Wiping all our tears away.
O! no never can it be.
Never never can it be.
"On Anothers Sorrow" by William Blake
Can a mother sit and hear.
An infant groan an infant fear—
No no never can it be,
Never never can it be.
"On Anothers Sorrow" by William Blake
Beneath the gold acacia buds
My gentle Nora sits and broods,
Far, far away in Boston woods
My gentle Nora!
"My Nora" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Salvation to the King
That sits enthroned above!
Thus we adore the God of might,
And bless the God of love.
"Hymn 80" by Isaac Watts
I mind the time, dear mother,
When 'twas happiness alone
To sit and listen ever
To thy kind and gentle tone.
"To My Mother" by Edwin Arnold

In news:

Born in 1896, Margaret King sits on her cot like a stained glass sculpture.
Fagatele Bay sits in an eroded volcano crater on the southwestern corner of Tutuila Island, about 5,000 miles from the US mainland.
If you have no artistic ability to speak of, the idea of sitting in a museum and sketching great art might sound pointless.
You didn't come of age in the 1980's—it was the 1980s.
Amanda Coplin: Sitting Under The Apple Tree .
Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree .
Amanda Coplin: Sitting Under The Apple Tree.
Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree.
After years of sitting idle in the sun, it's time for this plane to take flight again.
I know it's football season and I do keep up with the Dallas Cowboys and the Aggies, but as far as sitting down and watching a football game.
SITTING in the aisle of a library a few years ago, I was able for an hour or two to indulge my interest in the weird Americana of crank literature.
So I am sitting here putting together a fantastic afternoon radio show for you our loyal KORD listeners and I get an email.
Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake sits at his locker in an area called Manhattan, which is the locker room area where the big-ticket players (such as Wake, Richie Incognito and Jake Long) have double lockers.
The Biosphere 2 research facility sits nestled in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, Ariz.
Roger Halloway and Joe Hoffman from the World Bird Sanctuary sit down with Jean to discuss the World Bird Sanctuary and their music as The Raptor Project, including a live performance.

In science:

M , the mass-squared of the scalar field about its vev χ0 , is very large so that the χ field always sits at the minimum of its effective potential.
Stable Models of superacceleration
Since bk ,m (λ) is the size of the first column of α the partition which sits below the kth successive m-Durfee rectangle, notice that this m-Durfee rectangle must have non-zero width.
Dyson's new symmetry and generalized Rogers-Ramanujan identities
Durfee square, and • β ′ be the partition consisting of columns sitting to the right of the first Durfee square of λ whose length is ≤ Nk .
Dyson's new symmetry and generalized Rogers-Ramanujan identities
This allows us to decide whether the black ring sits at a maximum or a minimum of a radial potential V (R).
Dynamics and Stability of Black Rings
The potentials for fixed spin and area are qualitatively similar, with fat black rings sitting at maxima of the potential higher than the minima for thin black rings.
Dynamics and Stability of Black Rings