Chair

Definition of Chair

Pronunciation: châr
n.1.
1.A movable single seat with a back.
2.An official seat, as of a chief magistrate or a judge, but esp. that of a professor; hence, the office itself.
The chair of a philosophical school.
- Whewell.
A chair of philology.
- M. Arnold.
3.The presiding officer of an assembly; a chairman; as, to address the chair.
4.A vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles, or two-wheeled carriage, drawn by one horse; a gig.
Think what an equipage thou hast in air,
And view with scorn two pages and a chair.
- Pope.
5.An iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers.
Chair days
days of repose and age.
To put into the chair
to elect as president, or as chairman of a meeting.
To take the chair
to assume the position of president, or of chairman of a meeting.
- Macaulay
v. t.1.To place in a chair.
[imp. & p. p. Chaired ; p. pr. & vb. n. Chairing.]
2.To carry publicly in a chair in triumph.
3.To function as chairperson of (a meeting, committee, etc.); as, he chaired the meeting.

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