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Meaning of sitting by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -ɪtɪŋ


    sitting ( plural: sittings )

    1. a period during which one is seated for a specific purpose
      Due to the sheer volume of guests, we had to have two sittings for the meal .
      The Queen had three sittings for her portrait .
    2. a legislative session
    3. the act ( of a bird ) of incubating eggs; the clutch of eggs under a brooding bird



    1. Present participle of sit .


    sitting ( not comparable )

    1. executed from a sitting position
    2. occupying a specific official or legal position; incumbent

    Derived terms


    • frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words before 1923: cast · speaking · circumstances · #786: sitting · Christ · begin · wait

Explanation of sitting by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. ( of persons ) having the torso erect and legs bent with the body supported on the buttocks

    2. not moving and therefore easy to attack

    3. a sitting target
    1. the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position

    2. he read the mystery at one sitting
    3. the act of assuming a certain position ( as for a photograph or portrait )

    4. he wanted his portrait painted but couldn't spare time for the sitting
    5. a session as of a legislature or court

    6. a meeting of spiritualists

    Definition of sitting by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Sit, v. i. [imp. Sat ( săt ) ( Sate ( sāt ), archaic ); p. p. Sat ( Sitten ( sĭtt'n ), obs. ); p. pr. & vb. n. Sitting.] [OE. sitten, AS. sittan; akin to OS. sittian, OFries. sitta, D. zitten, G. sitzen, OHG. sizzen, Icel. sitja, SW. sitta, Dan. sidde, Goth. sitan, Russ. sidiete, L. sedere, Gr. ἔζεσθαι, Skr. sad. √154. Cf. Assess,Assize, Cathedral, Chair, Dissident, Excise, Insidious, Possess, Reside, Sanhedrim, Séance, Seat, n., Sedate, 4th Sell, Siege, Session, Set, v. t., Sizar, Size, Subsidy.]
      1. To rest upon the haunches, or the lower extremity of the trunk of the body; -- said of human beings, and sometimes of other animals; as, “to sit on a sofa, on a chair, or on the ground”.

      And he came and took the book put of the right hand of him that sate upon the seat. Bible ( 1551 ) ( Rev. v. 7. )

      I pray you, jest, sir, as you sit at dinner. Shak.

      2. To perch; to rest with the feet drawn up, as birds do on a branch, pole, etc.

      3. To remain in a state of repose; to rest; to abide; to rest in any position or condition.

      And Moses said to . . . the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here? Num. xxxii. 6.

      Like a demigod here sit I in the sky. Shak.

      4. To lie, rest, or bear; to press or weigh; -- with on; as, “a weight or burden sits lightly upon him”.

      The calamity sits heavy on us. Jer. Taylor.

      5. To be adjusted; to fit; as, “a coat sits well or ill”.

      This new and gorgeous garment, majesty,

      Sits not so easy on me as you think. Shak.

      6. To suit one well or ill, as an act; to become; to befit; -- used impersonally. [Obs.] Chaucer.

      7. To cover and warm eggs for hatching, as a fowl; to brood; to incubate.

      As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not. Jer. xvii. 11.

      8. To have position, as at the point blown from; to hold a relative position; to have direction.

      Like a good miller that knows how to grind, which way soever the wind sits. Selden.

      Sits the wind in that quarter? Sir W. Scott.

      9. To occupy a place or seat as a member of an official body; as, “to sit in Congress”.

      10. To hold a session; to be in session for official business; -- said of legislative assemblies, courts, etc.; as, “the court sits in January; the aldermen sit to-night”.

      11. To take a position for the purpose of having some artistic representation of one's self made, as a picture or a bust; as, “to sit to a painter”.

      To sit at, to rest under; to be subject to. [Obs.] “A farmer can not husband his ground so well if he sit at a great rent”. Bacon. -- To sit at meat or To sit at table, to be at table for eating. -- To sit down. To place one's self on a chair or other seat; as, “to sit down when tired”. To begin a siege; as, “the enemy sat down before the town”. To settle; to fix a permanent abode. Spenser. To rest; to cease as satisfied. “Here we can not sit down, but still proceed in our search.” Rogers. -- To sit for a fellowship, to offer one's self for examination with a view to obtaining a fellowship. [Eng. Univ.] -- To sit out. To be without engagement or employment. [Obs.] Bp. Sanderson. To outstay. to refrain from participating in [an activity such as a dance or hand at cards]; used especially after one has recently participated in an earlier such activity. The one sitting out does not necessarily have to sit during the activity foregone. -- To sit under, to be under the instruction
      or ministrations of; as, to sit under a preacher; to sit under good preaching. -- To sit up, to rise from, or refrain from, a recumbent posture or from sleep; to sit with the body upright; as, to sit up late at night; also, to watch; as, “to sit up with a sick person”. “He that was dead sat up, and began to speak.” Luke vii. 15.

    2. Sitting a. Being in the state, or the position, of one who, or that which, sits.

    3. Sitting, n.
      1. The state or act of one who sits; the posture of one who occupies a seat.

      2. A seat, or the space occupied by or allotted for a person, in a church, theater, etc.; as, “the hall has 800 sittings”.

      3. The act or time of sitting, as to a portrait painter, photographer, etc.

      4. 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. Macaulay.

      5. 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. Locke.

      6. 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. Addison.

      Sitting room, an apartment where the members of a family usually sit, as distinguished from a drawing-room, parlor, chamber, or kitchen.