definition of Seige by The Free Dictionary

siege

 (sēj)

n.

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.

tr.v. sieged, sieg·ing, sieg·es

To subject to a siege; besiege: The invaders sieged the castle.


[Middle English sege, from Old French, seat, from Vulgar Latin *sedicum, from *sedicāre, to sit, from Latin sedēre; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]

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siege

(siːdʒ)

n

1. (Military)

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

vb

(tr) to besiege or assail

[C13: from Old French sege a seat, from Vulgar Latin sēdicāre (unattested) to sit down, from Latin sedēre]

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

siege

(sidʒ)

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.

v.t.

6. to assail or assault; besiege.

Idioms:

lay siege to, to besiege.

[1175–1225; Middle English sege siegier *sedicāre to set « Latin sedēre to sit]

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Siege

 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.

Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

siege

Past participle: sieged
Gerund: sieging

Present
I siege
you siege
he/she/it sieges
we siege
you siege
they siege
Preterite
I sieged
you sieged
he/she/it sieged
we sieged
you sieged
they sieged
Present Continuous
I am sieging
you are sieging
he/she/it is sieging
we are sieging
you are sieging
they are sieging
Present Perfect
I have sieged
you have sieged
he/she/it has sieged
we have sieged
you have sieged
they have sieged
Past Continuous
I was sieging
you were sieging
he/she/it was sieging
we were sieging
you were sieging
they were sieging
Past Perfect
I had sieged
you had sieged
he/she/it had sieged
we had sieged
you had sieged
they had sieged
Future
I will siege
you will siege
he/she/it will siege
we will siege
you will siege
they will siege
Future Perfect
I will have sieged
you will have sieged
he/she/it will have sieged
we will have sieged
you will have sieged
they will have sieged
Future Continuous
I will be sieging
you will be sieging
he/she/it will be sieging
we will be sieging
you will be sieging
they will be sieging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sieging
you have been sieging
he/she/it has been sieging
we have been sieging
you have been sieging
they have been sieging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sieging
you will have been sieging
he/she/it will have been sieging
we will have been sieging
you will have been sieging
they will have been sieging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sieging
you had been sieging
he/she/it had been sieging
we had been sieging
you had been sieging
they had been sieging
Conditional
I would siege
you would siege
he/she/it would siege
we would siege
you would siege
they would siege
Past Conditional
I would have sieged
you would have sieged
he/she/it would have sieged
we would have sieged
you would have sieged
they would have sieged

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