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sitting Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun (photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait)
    • he wanted his portrait painted but couldn't spare time for the sitting
  2. noun the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position
    • he read the mystery at one sitting
  3. noun a meeting of spiritualists
    session; seance.
    • the seance was held in the medium's parlor
  4. noun a session as of a legislature or court
  5. verb be seated
    sit down; sit.
  6. verb be around, often idly or without specific purpose
    sit around; sit.
    • The object sat in the corner
    • We sat around chatting for another hour
  7. verb take a seat
    sit down; sit.
  8. verb be in session
    • When does the court of law sit?
  9. verb assume a posture as for artistic purposes
    posture; model; pose; sit.
    • We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often
  10. verb sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions
    ride; sit.
    • She never sat a horse!
    • Did you ever ride a camel?
    • The girl liked to drive the young mare
  11. verb be located or situated somewhere
    • The White House sits on Pennsylvania Avenue
  12. verb work or act as a baby-sitter; I have too much homework to do"
    sit; baby-sit.
    • I cannot baby-sit tonight
  13. verb show to a seat; assign a seat for
    sit down; sit; seat.
    • The host seated me next to Mrs. Smith
  14. verb serve in a specific professional capacity
    • the priest sat for confession
    • she sat on the jury
  15. adjective (of persons) having the torso erect and legs bent with the body supported on the buttocks
    • the seated Madonna
    • the audience remained seated
  16. adjective satellite not moving and therefore easy to attack
    • a sitting target

Sit"ting adjective
  1. Being in the state, or the position, of one who, or that which, sits.
Sit"ting noun
  1. The state or act of one who sits; the posture of one who occupies a seat.
  2. A seat, or the space occupied by or allotted for a person, in a church, theater, etc.; as, the hall has 800 sittings.
  3. The act or time of sitting, as to a portrait painter, photographer, etc.
  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.
    The sitting closed in great agitation. Macaulay.
  5. The time during which one sits while doing something, as reading a book, playing a game, etc.
    For the understanding of any one of St. Paul's Epistles I read it all through at one sitting. Locke.
  6. A brooding over eggs for hatching, as by fowls.
    The male bird . . . amuses her [the female] with his songs during the whole time of her sitting. Addison.

Webster 1913