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SIEGE, n. [L. sigillum.]

1. The setting of an army around or before a fortified place for the purpose of compelling the garrison to surrender; or 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. A siege differs from a blockade, as in a siege the investing army approaches the fortified place to attach and reduce it by force; but in a blockade, the army secures all the avenues to the place to intercept all supplies, and waits till famine compels the garrison to surrender.

2. Any continued endeavor to gain possession. Love stood the siege, and would not yield his breast.

3. Seat; throne.

4. Rank; place; class.

5. Stool. [Not in use.]

SIEGE, v. t. To besiege. [Not in use.]




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SIEGE, n. [L. sigillum.]

1. The setting of an army around or before a fortified place for the purpose of compelling the garrison to surrender; or 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. A siege differs from a blockade, as in a siege the investing army approaches the fortified place to attach and reduce it by force; but in a blockade, the army secures all the avenues to the place to intercept all supplies, and waits till famine compels the garrison to surrender.

2. Any continued endeavor to gain possession. Love stood the siege, and would not yield his breast.

3. Seat; throne.

4. Rank; place; class.

5. Stool. [Not in use.]

SIEGE, v. t. To besiege. [Not in use.]


SIEGE, n. [Fr. siége, a seat, a siege, the see of a bishop; Norm. sage, a seat; It. seggia, seggio; Arm. sich, sicha, sich enn. The radical sense is to set, to fall or to throw down; Sax. sigan, to fall, set or rush down. These words seem to be connected with sink, and with the root of seal, L. sigillum.]

  1. The setting of an army around or before a fortified place for the purpose of compelling the garrison to surrender; or 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. A siege differs from a blockade, as in a siege the investing army approaches the fortified place to attack and reduce it by force; but in a blockade, the army secures all the avenues to the place to intercept all supplies, and waits till famine compels the garrison to surrender.
  2. Any continued endeavor to gain possession. Love stood the siege, and would not yield his breast. – Dryden.
  3. Seat; throne. [Obs.] – Spenser.
  4. Rank; place; class. [Obs.] – Shak.
  5. Stool. [Not in use.] – Brown.

SIEGE, v.t.

To besiege. [Not in use.] – Spenser.


Siege
  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. To besiege; to beset.

    [R.]

    Through all the dangers that can siege
    The life of man.
    Buron.

  3. Hence, place or situation; seat.

    [Obs.]

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

  4. Rank; grade; station; estimation.

    [Obs.]

    I fetch my life and being
    From men of royal siege.
    Shak.

  5. Passage of excrements; stool; fecal matter.

    [Obs.]

    The siege of this mooncalf. Shak.

  6. 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.
  7. Hence, a continued attempt to gain possession.

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

  8. The floor of a glass-furnace.
  9. A workman's bench.

    Knught.

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

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Siege

SIEGE, noun [Latin sigillum.]

1. The setting of an army around or before a fortified place for the purpose of compelling the garrison to surrender; or 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. A siege differs from a blockade, as in a siege the investing army approaches the fortified place to attach and reduce it by force; but in a blockade, the army secures all the avenues to the place to intercept all supplies, and waits till famine compels the garrison to surrender.

2. Any continued endeavor to gain possession. Love stood the siege and would not yield his breast.

3. Seat; throne.

4. Rank; place; class.

5. Stool. [Not in use.]

SIEGE, verb transitive To besiege. [Not in use.]

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