Siege

Definition of Siege

n.1.A seat; especially, a royal seat; a throne.
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.Hence, place or situation; seat.
Ah! traitorous eyes, come out of your shameless siege forever.
- Painter (Palace of Pleasure).
3.Rank; grade; station; estimation.
I fetch my life and being
From men of royal siege.
- Shak.
4.Passage of excrements; stool; fecal matter.
The siege of this mooncalf.
- Shak.
5.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.
6.Hence, a continued attempt to gain possession.
Love stood the siege, and would not yield his breast.
- Dryden.
7.The floor of a glass-furnace.
8.A workman's bench.
Siege gun
a heavy gun for siege operations.
Siege train
artillery adapted for attacking fortified places.
v. t.1.To besiege; to beset.
Through all the dangers that can siege
The life of man.
- Buron.

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attack, beleaguer, beleaguerment, besetment, besiege, besiegement, blockade, blockading, bottle up, bout, circumscription, confinement, cordon off, cordoning, encircle, encirclement, enclosure, encompassment, envelopment, go, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, inclusion, investment, lay siege to, onslaught, pincer movement, quarantine, seizure, spell, vertical envelopment
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