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NOUN (4)

1. a meeting for execution of a group's functions;
- Example: "it was the opening session of the legislature"

2. the time during which a school holds classes;
- Example: "they had to shorten the school term"
[syn: school term, academic term, academic session, session]

3. a meeting devoted to a particular activity;
- Example: "a filming session"
- Example: "a gossip session"

4. a meeting of spiritualists;
- Example: "the seance was held in the medium's parlor"
[syn: seance, sitting, session]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Session \Ses"sion\, n. [L. sessio, fr. sedere, sessum, to sit: cf. F. session. See Sit.] 1. The act of sitting, or the state of being seated. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] So much his ascension into heaven and his session at the right hand of God do import. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] But Viven, gathering somewhat of his mood, . . . Leaped from her session on his lap, and stood. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. The actual sitting of a court, council, legislature, etc., or the actual assembly of the members of such a body, for the transaction of business. [1913 Webster] It's fit this royal session do proceed. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Hence, also, the time, period, or term during which a court, council, legislature, etc., meets daily for business; or, the space of time between the first meeting and the prorogation or adjournment; thus, a session of Parliaments is opened with a speech from the throne, and closed by prorogation. The session of a judicial court is called a term. [1913 Webster] It was resolved that the convocation should meet at the beginning of the next session of Parliament. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Note: Sessions, in some of the States, is particularly used as a title for a court of justices, held for granting licenses to innkeepers, etc., and for laying out highways, and the like; it is also the title of several courts of criminal jurisdiction in England and the United States. [1913 Webster] Church session, the lowest court in the Presbyterian Church, composed of the pastor and a body of elders elected by the members of a particular church, and having the care of matters pertaining to the religious interests of that church, as the admission and dismission of members, discipline, etc. Court of Session, the supreme civil court of Scotland. Quarter sessions. (Eng.Law) See under Quarter. Sessions of the peace, sittings held by justices of the peace. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

session n 1: a meeting for execution of a group's functions; "it was the opening session of the legislature" 2: the time during which a school holds classes; "they had to shorten the school term" [syn: school term, academic term, academic session, session] 3: a meeting devoted to a particular activity; "a filming session"; "a gossip session" 4: a meeting of spiritualists; "the seance was held in the medium's parlor" [syn: seance, sitting, session]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

138 Moby Thesaurus words for "session": Council of Nicaea, Council of Trent, Lateran Council, Vatican Council, abundant year, academic year, annum, assemblee, assembly, assignation, at home, audience, ball, bargaining, bargaining session, bissextile year, brawl, calendar month, calendar year, caucus, century, chapter, classis, colloquium, commission, committee, common year, conciliarism, conclave, concourse, confab, confabulation, conference, confrontation, congregation, congress, consistory, consultation, conventicle, convention, convocation, council, council fire, council of war, dance, date, day, decade, decennary, decennium, defective year, diet, diocesan conference, discussion, ecclesiastical council, ecumenical council, eisteddfod, exchange of views, eyeball-to-eyeball encounter, festivity, fete, fiscal year, forgathering, fortnight, forum, gathering, get-together, hearing, high-level talk, hour, housewarming, huddle, interchange of views, interview, leap year, levee, lunar month, lunar year, lunation, luster, lustrum, man-hour, meet, meeting, microsecond, millennium, millisecond, minute, moment, month, moon, negotiations, news conference, palaver, panel, parley, parochial church council, parochial council, party, period, plenary council, plenum, pourparler, powwow, presbytery, press conference, prom, quarter, quinquennium, quorum, rally, reception, regular year, rendezvous, seance, seating, second, semester, shindig, sidereal year, sit-in, sitting, soiree, solar year, summit, summit conference, summitry, sun, symposium, synod, term, trimester, turnout, twelvemonth, vestry, week, weekday, year
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

session 1. A lasting connection between a user (or user agent) and a peer, typically a server, usually involving the exchange of many packets between the user's computer and the server. A session is typically implemented as a layer in a network protocol (e.g. telnet, FTP). In the case of protocols where there is no concept of a session layer (e.g. UDP) or where sessions at the session layer are generally very short-lived (e.g. HTTP), virtual sessions are implemented by having each exchange between the user and the remote host include some form of cookie which stores state (e.g. a unique session ID, information about the user's preferences or authorisation level, etc.). See also login. 2. A lasting connection using the session layer of a networking protocol. (1997-08-03)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

SESSION. The time during which a legislative body, a court or other assembly sits for the transaction of business; as, a session of congress, which commences on the day appointed by the constitution, and ends when congress finally adjourns before the commencement of the next session; the session of a court, which commences at the day appointed by law, and ends when the court finally rises a term.