1. The surrounding and blockading of a city, town, or fortress by an army attempting to capture it.
2. A prolonged period, as of illness: a siege of asthma.
3. Obsolete A seat, especially a throne.
To subject to a siege; besiege: The invaders sieged the castle.
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a. the offensive operations carried out to capture a fortified place by surrounding it, severing its communications and supply lines, and deploying weapons against it
b. (as modifier): siege warfare.
2. a persistent attempt to gain something
3. a long tedious period, as of illness, etc
4. (Historical Terms) obsolete a seat or throne
5. (Military) lay siege to to besiege
(tr) to besiege or assail
[C13: from Old French sege a seat, from Vulgar Latin sēdicāre (unattested) to sit down, from Latin sedēre]
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n., v. sieged, sieg•ing. n.
1. the act or process of surrounding and attacking a fortified place in such a way as to compel the surrender of the defenders.
2. any prolonged effort to overcome resistance.
3. a series of besetting illnesses or troubles: a siege of head colds.
4. a prolonged period of trouble.
5. Obs. a seat for a person of distinction; throne.
6. to assail or assault; besiege.
lay siege to, to besiege.
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of herons: company of herons, from the way the heron waits for its prey in the shallows at its feet, 1452.
Examples: siege of bitterns, 1452; of cranes; of herons, 1452.
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Past participle: sieged
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