1. (photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait);
- Example: "he wanted his portrait painted but couldn't spare time for the sitting"
[syn: sitting, posing]
2. the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position;
- Example: "he read the mystery at one sitting"
3. a meeting of spiritualists;
- Example: "the seance was held in the medium's parlor"
[syn: seance, sitting, session]
4. a session as of a legislature or court;
1. (of persons) having the torso erect and legs bent with the body supported on the buttocks;
- Example: "the seated Madonna"
- Example: "the audience remained seated"
[syn: seated, sitting]
2. not moving and therefore easy to attack;
- Example: "a sitting target"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sit \Sit\, v. i. [imp. Sat(Sate, archaic); p. p. Sat (Sitten, 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. ???, Skr. sad. [root]154. Cf. Assess,Assize, Cathedral, Chair, Dissident, Excise, Insidious, Possess, Reside, Sanhedrim, Seance, 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. [1913 Webster] And he came and took the book put of the right hand of him that sate upon the seat. --Bible (1551) (Rev. v. 7.) [1913 Webster] I pray you, jest, sir, as you sit at dinner. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To perch; to rest with the feet drawn up, as birds do on a branch, pole, etc. [1913 Webster] 3. To remain in a state of repose; to rest; to abide; to rest in any position or condition. [1913 Webster] And Moses said to . . . the children of Reuben, Shall your brothren go to war, and shall ye sit here? --Num. xxxii. 6. [1913 Webster] Like a demigod here sit I in the sky. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To lie, rest, or bear; to press or weigh; -- with on; as, a weight or burden sits lightly upon him. [1913 Webster] The calamity sits heavy on us. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 5. To be adjusted; to fit; as, a coat sits well or ill. [1913 Webster] This new and gorgeous garment, majesty, Sits not so easy on me as you think. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. To suit one well or ill, as an act; to become; to befit; -- used impersonally. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 7. To cover and warm eggs for hatching, as a fowl; to brood; to incubate. [1913 Webster] As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not. --Jer. xvii. 11. [1913 Webster] 8. To have position, as at the point blown from; to hold a relative position; to have direction. [1913 Webster] Like a good miller that knows how to grind, which way soever the wind sits. --Selden. [1913 Webster] Sits the wind in that quarter? --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 9. To occupy a place or seat as a member of an official body; as, to sit in Congress. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. (a) To place one's self on a chair or other seat; as, to sit down when tired. (b) To begin a siege; as, the enemy sat down before the town. (c) To settle; to fix a permanent abode. --Spenser. (d) 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. (a) To be without engagement or employment. [Obs.] --Bp. Sanderson. (b) To outstay. (c) To elect not to participate in, as a dance or a hand of cards. 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. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sitting \Sit"ting\, a. Being in the state, or the position, of one who, or that which, sits. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sitting \Sit"ting\, n. 1. The state or act of one who sits; the posture of one who occupies a seat. [1913 Webster] 2. A seat, or the space occupied by or allotted for a person, in a church, theater, etc.; as, the hall has 800 sittings. [1913 Webster] 3. The act or time of sitting, as to a portrait painter, photographer, etc. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The sitting closed in great agitation. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 5. The time during which one sits while doing something, as reading a book, playing a game, etc. [1913 Webster] For the understanding of any one of St. Paul's Epistles I read it all through at one sitting. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 6. A brooding over eggs for hatching, as by fowls. [1913 Webster] The male bird . . . amuses her [the female] with his songs during the whole time of her sitting. --Addison. [1913 Webster] Sitting room, an apartment where the members of a family usually sit, as distinguished from a drawing-room, parlor, chamber, or kitchen. [1913 Webster] SituateEaston's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Sitting the attitude generally assumed in Palestine by those who were engaged in any kind of work. "The carpenter saws, planes, and hews with his hand-adze, sitting on the ground or upon the plank he is planning. The washerwoman sits by the tub; and, in a word, no one stands when it is possible to sit. Shopkeepers always sit, and Levi sitting at the receipt of custom (Matt. 9:9) is the exact way to state the case.", Thomson, Land and Book.Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
97 Moby Thesaurus words for "sitting": assemblee, assembly, assignation, at home, audience, ball, bargaining, bargaining session, bigness, brawl, brooding, caucus, colloquium, commission, committee, conclave, concourse, confab, confabulation, conference, confrontation, congregation, congress, consultation, conventicle, convention, convocation, council, council fire, council of war, covering, dance, date, diet, discussion, eisteddfod, exchange of views, eyeball-to-eyeball encounter, festivity, fete, forgathering, forum, gathering, gestation, get-together, gravidity, gravidness, greatness, heaviness, high-level talk, housewarming, huddle, in a huddle, in conclave, in conference, in consultation, in council, in session, incubation, interchange of views, interview, levee, mediumism, meet, meeting, necromancy, negotiations, news conference, palaver, panel, parley, party, plenum, pourparler, powwow, pregnancy, press conference, prom, quorum, rally, reception, rendezvous, seance, session, shindig, sit-in, soiree, spirit, spiritism, spiritualism, summit, summit conference, summitry, symposium, synod, the family way, turnout