[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.
So much his ascension into heaven and his session at
the right hand of God do import. --Hooker.
But Viven, gathering somewhat of his mood, . . .
Leaped from her session on his lap, and stood.
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.
It's fit this royal session do proceed. --Shak.
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.
It was resolved that the convocation should meet at
the beginning of the next session of Parliament.
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
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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):
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
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.