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Meaning of siege by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • syege ( 15th - 16th centuries )


    From Middle English sege, from Old French sege, siege, seige ( modern French siège ), from Vulgar Latin *sedicum, ultimately from Latin sēdēs ( “seat” ) .


    • enPR: sēj IPA: /siːdʒ/ X-SAMPA: /si:dZ/
    • Rhymes: -iːdʒ


    siege ( plural: sieges )

    1. seat
      1. ( obsolete ) A seat, especially as used by someone of importance or authority.
      2. ( obsolete ) An ecclesiastical see .
      3. ( obsolete ) The place where one has his seat; a home, residence, domain, empire .
      4. The seat of a heron while looking out for prey; a flock of heron .
      5. ( obsolete ) A privy or lavatory .
      6. ( obsolete ) The anus; the rectum.
      7. ( obsolete ) Excrements, stool, fecal matter.
    2. military action
      1. A prolonged military assault or a blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition.
      2. ( US ) A period of struggle or difficulty, especially from illness .
      3. ( figuratively ) A prolonged assault or attack

Explanation of siege by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack

    Definition of siege by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Siege n. [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.]
      1. A seat; especially, a royal seat; a throne. [Obs.] “Upon the very siege of justice.” Shak.

      A stately siege of sovereign majesty,

      And thereon sat a woman gorgeous gay. Spenser.

      In our great hall there stood a vacant chair . . .

      And Merlin called it “The siege perilous.” Tennyson.

      2. Hence, place or situation; seat. [Obs.]

      Ah! traitorous eyes, come out of your shameless siege forever. Painter ( Palace of Pleasure ).

      3. Rank; grade; station; estimation. [Obs.]

      I fetch my life and being

      From men of royal siege. Shak.

      4. Passage of excrements; stool; fecal matter. [Obs.]

      The siege of this mooncalf. Shak.

      5. 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.

      6. Hence, a continued attempt to gain possession.

      Love stood the siege, and would not yield his breast. Dryden.

      7. The floor of a glass-furnace.

      8. A workman's bench. Knught.

      Siege gun, a heavy gun for siege operations. -- Siege train, artillery adapted for attacking fortified places.

    2. Siege, v. t. To besiege; to beset. [R.]

      Through all the dangers that can siege

      The life of man. Buron.