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chair

 (châr)
n.
1. A piece of furniture designed to accommodate one sitting or reclining person, providing support for the back and often the arms and typically standing on four legs.
2. A seat of office, authority, or dignity, such as that of a bishop.
3.
a. An office or position of authority, such as a professorship.
b. A person who holds an office or a position of authority, such as one who presides over a meeting or administers a department of instruction at a college; a chairperson.
4. The position of a player in an orchestra.
5. Slang The electric chair.
6. A seat carried about on poles; a sedan chair.
7. Any of several devices that serve to support or secure, such as a metal block that supports and holds railroad track in position.
tr.v. chaired, chair·ing, chairs
1. To preside over as chairperson: chair a meeting.
2. To install (someone) in a position of authority, especially as a presiding officer.
3. To carry (someone) high off the ground in a chair or in a seated position, especially as a tribute.

[Middle English chaiere, from Old French, from Latin cathedra; see cathedra.]

chair

(tʃɛə)
n
1. (Furniture) a seat with a back on which one person sits, typically having four legs and often having arms
2. an official position of authority: a chair on the board of directors.
3. the person chairing a debate or meeting: the speaker addressed the chair.
4. (Education) a professorship: the chair of German.
5. (Railways) railways an iron or steel cradle bolted to a sleeper in which the rail sits and is locked in position
6. (Automotive Engineering) short for sedan chair
7. in the chair chairing a debate or meeting
8. take the chair to preside as chairman for a meeting, etc
9. the chair an informal name for electric chair
vb (tr)
10. to preside over (a meeting)
11. Brit to carry aloft in a sitting position after a triumph or great achievement
12. to provide with a chair of office
13. to install in a chair
[C13: from Old French chaiere, from Latin cathedra, from Greek kathedra, from kata- down + hedra seat; compare cathedral]

chair

(tʃɛər)

n.
1. a seat, esp. for one person having four legs for support, a rest for the back, and often rests for the arms.
2. a seat of office or authority.
3. a position of authority, as of a judge or professor.
4. the person occupying a seat of office or authority, esp. the chairperson of a meeting.
5. (in an orchestra) the position of a player, assigned by rank.
6. the chair, Informal. electric chair.
v.t.
9. to place or seat in a chair.
10. to install in office.
11. to preside over; act as chairperson of.
12. Brit. to carry (a hero or victor) aloft in triumph.
v.i.
13. to preside over a meeting, committee, etc.
[1250–1300; Middle English chaiere < Old French < Latin cathedra; see cathedra]
usage: See -person.

chair

armchair
1. 'chair'

A chair is a piece of furniture for one person to sit on, with a support for the person's back. When a chair is a very simple one, you say that someone sits on it.

Anne was sitting on an upright chair.
Sit on this chair, please.

When a chair is a comfortable one, you usually say that someone sits in it.

He leaned back in his chair and looked out of the window.
2. 'armchair'

An armchair is a comfortable chair with a support on each side for your arms. You always say that someone sits in an armchair.

He was sitting quietly in his armchair, smoking a pipe and reading the paper.

chair

chairpersonchairmanchairwoman
1. 'chair' and 'chairperson'

The person in charge of a meeting or organization is referred to as the chair, or sometimes the chairperson. These words can be used to refer to either a man or a woman.

This is Ruth Michaels, chairperson of the Women Returners' Network.
You should address your remarks to the chair.
2. 'chairman'

A chairman is a man who is in charge of a meeting or debate.

The vicar, full of apologies, took his seat as chairman.

The male head of an organization is often referred to as its chairman.

Sir John Hill, chairman of the Atomic Energy Authority, gave the opening speech.
3. 'chairwoman'

In the past, chairman was used to refer to both men and women, but it is now not often used to refer to a woman. The woman in charge of a meeting or organization is sometimes referred to as the chairwoman.

Margaret Downes is this year's chairwoman of the Irish Institute.
Siobhan is a BBC radio journalist, and chairwoman of The Scottish Ballet.

chair


Past participle: chaired
Gerund: chairing

Imperative
chair
chair
Present
I chair
you chair
he/she/it chairs
we chair
you chair
they chair
Preterite
I chaired
you chaired
he/she/it chaired
we chaired
you chaired
they chaired
Present Continuous
I am chairing
you are chairing
he/she/it is chairing
we are chairing
you are chairing
they are chairing
Present Perfect
I have chaired
you have chaired
he/she/it has chaired
we have chaired
you have chaired
they have chaired
Past Continuous
I was chairing
you were chairing
he/she/it was chairing
we were chairing
you were chairing
they were chairing
Past Perfect
I had chaired
you had chaired
he/she/it had chaired
we had chaired
you had chaired
they had chaired
Future
I will chair
you will chair
he/she/it will chair
we will chair
you will chair
they will chair
Future Perfect
I will have chaired
you will have chaired
he/she/it will have chaired
we will have chaired
you will have chaired
they will have chaired
Future Continuous
I will be chairing
you will be chairing
he/she/it will be chairing
we will be chairing
you will be chairing
they will be chairing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been chairing
you have been chairing
he/she/it has been chairing
we have been chairing
you have been chairing
they have been chairing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been chairing
you will have been chairing
he/she/it will have been chairing
we will have been chairing
you will have been chairing
they will have been chairing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been chairing
you had been chairing
he/she/it had been chairing
we had been chairing
you had been chairing
they had been chairing
Conditional
I would chair
you would chair
he/she/it would chair
we would chair
you would chair
they would chair
Past Conditional
I would have chaired
you would have chaired
he/she/it would have chaired
we would have chaired
you would have chaired
they would have chaired

chair

A post as a professor of a particular subject at a college or university.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chair - a seat for one person, with a support for the backchair - a seat for one person, with a support for the back; "he put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down"
armchair - chair with a support on each side for arms
backrest, back - a support that you can lean against while sitting; "the back of the dental chair was adjustable"
barber chair - a large fixed adjustable chair in which barbers seat their customers
chair of state - a ceremonial chair for an exalted or powerful person
chaise, chaise longue, daybed - a long chair; for reclining
Eames chair - a chair designed by Charles Eames; originally made of molded plywood; seat and back shaped to fit the human body
fighting chair - a fixed chair from which a saltwater angler can fight a hooked fish
folding chair - a chair that can be folded flat for storage
feeding chair, highchair - a chair for feeding a very young child; has four long legs and a footrest and a detachable tray
ladder-back, ladder-back chair - a chair with a ladder-back
garden chair, lawn chair - chair left outside for use on a lawn or in a garden
leg - one of the supports for a piece of furniture
rocking chair, rocker - a chair mounted on rockers
seat - furniture that is designed for sitting on; "there were not enough seats for all the guests"
side chair, straight chair - a straight-backed chair without arms
swivel chair - a chair that swivels on its base
tablet-armed chair - a chair with an arm that has been widened for writing
wheelchair - a movable chair mounted on large wheels; for invalids or those who cannot walk; frequently propelled by the occupant
2.chair - the position of professor; "he was awarded an endowed chair in economics"
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
3.chair - the officer who presides at the meetings of an organizationchair - the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization; "address your remarks to the chairperson"
Kalon Tripa - the chairman of the Kashag and essentially head of the Tibetan government-in-exile
presiding officer - the leader of a group meeting
vice chairman - one ranking below or serving in the place of a chairman
4.chair - an instrument of execution by electrocutionchair - an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person; "the murderer was sentenced to die in the chair"
instrument of execution - an instrument designed and used to take the life of a condemned person
5.chair - a particular seat in an orchestra; "he is second chair violin"
seat - any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit); "he dusted off the seat before sitting down"
Verb1.chair - act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university; "She chaired the department for many years"
head, lead - be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?"
2.chair - preside over; "John moderated the discussion"
hash out, talk over, discuss - speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion; "We discussed our household budget"

chair

Types of chair

armchair, banquette, barrel chair, bar stool, basket chair, Bath chair, beanbag, bench, bentwood chair, berbice chair, bergère, bucket seat, campaign chair, camp chair, cane chair, carver, cathedra, corner chair, curule chair, deck chair, dining chair, director's chair, dos-à-dos, easy chair, fauteuil, fiddle-back, folding chair, form, garden chair, gestatorial chair, hassock, highchair, jampan (kneeling chair), ladder-back chair, lounger, milking stool, Morris chair, music stool (office chair), opsitbank (S. Afr.), ottoman, pew, piano stool, platform rocker, pouf or pouffe, reclining chair or recliner, rocking chair or rocker, sedan chair, settle, shooting stick, stool, straight chair, súgán chair, swing, swivel chair, throne, tub chair, wheelchair, window seat, Windsor chair, Windsor rocker, wing chair
Translations
رِئاسَةُ الجَلْسَهكرسيكُرْسيكُرْسي الأسْتاذِيَّه في الجامِعَهكُرْسِيّ
židlepředsedatpředsednictvístolice
stolformandmødelederprofessorat
seĝo
tuolipuheenjohtaja
कुरसी
stolica
szék
fundarstjóriprófessorsembættistjórna fundistóll
椅子
의자
kėdėkeltuvaspirmininkaspirmininkautipirmininkavimas
katedrakrēslspriekšsēdētājsvadīt sapulci
scaunscaune
stolpredsedovati
stolordförande
เก้าอี้
کرسی
ghế

chair

[tʃɛəʳ]
A. N
1. (gen) → silla f; (= armchair) → sillón m, butaca f; (= wheelchair) → silla f (de ruedas); (= seat) → lugar m, asiento m
please take a chairsiéntese or tome asiento por favor
2. (Univ) → cátedra f
3. [of meeting] → presidencia f; (= chairman) → presidente m
to be in the chair; take the chairpresidir
to address the chairdirigirse al presidente
4. the chair (US) (= electric chair) → la silla eléctrica
B. VT
1. [+ person] → llevar a hombros
they chaired him off the groundle sacaron del campo a hombros
2. [+ meeting] → presidir

chair

[ˈtʃɛər]
n
(wooden, metal)chaise f
a table and 4 chairs → une table et quatre chaises
(= armchair) → fauteuil m
(= professorship) → chaire f
(= chairperson) → président(e) m/f
(at meeting) to be in the chair, to take the chair → présider
(US) (also electric chair) the chair → la chaise électrique
vt [+ meeting] → présiderchair lift chairlift [ˈtʃɛərlɪft] n (in skiing)télésiège m

chair

n
(= seat)Stuhl m; (= armchair)Sessel m; (= sedan chair)Sänfte f; please take a chairbitte nehmen Sie Platz!
(in committees etc) → Vorsitz m; to be in/take the chairden Vorsitz führen; to address the chairsich an den Vorsitzenden/die Vorsitzende wenden; all questions through the chair, pleasebitte alle Fragen (direkt) an den Vorsitzenden richten!
(= professorship)Lehrstuhl m(of für)
(= electric chair)(elektrischer) Stuhl
vt
meetingden Vorsitz führen bei
(Brit, = carry in triumph) → auf den Schultern (davon)tragen

chair

:
chairborne
adj to be chair (inf)einen Schreibtischjob haben
chairbound
adjan den Rollstuhl gefesselt
chairlift
nSessellift m
chairman
nVorsitzende(r) mf; Mr/Madam ChairmanHerr Vorsitzender/Frau Vorsitzende
chairmanship
nVorsitz m; under the chair ofunter (dem) Vorsitz von
chairperson
nVorsitzende(r) mf
chair umpire
n (Tennis) → Stuhlschiedsrichter(in) m(f)
chairwoman
nVorsitzende f

chair

[tʃɛəʳ]
1. nsedia, seggiola; (armchair) → poltrona; (seat) → posto (a sedere) (Univ) → cattedra (Am) (electric chair) the chairla sedia elettrica
dentist's chair → poltrona del dentista
to take the chair (at meeting) → assumere la presidenza
2. vt (meeting) → presiedere

chair

(tʃeə) noun
1. a movable seat for one person, with a back to it. a table and four chairs.
2. the position of a person who is chairman at a meeting etc. Who is in the chair?
3. the office of a university professor. He holds the chair of History at this university.
verb
to be chairman at (a meeting etc). He chaired the meeting last night.
ˈchairlift noun
a set of seats hanging from a cable, used to take skiers etc up a mountain.
ˈchairman, chairperson, chairwoman nouns
a person who takes charge of or directs a meeting.
ˈchairmanship noun

Address a male chairman as Mr Chairman, and a female chairman as Madam Chairman.

chair

كُرْسِيّ židle stol Stuhl καρέκλα silla tuoli chaise stolica sedia 椅子 의자 stoel stol krzesło cadeira стул stol เก้าอี้ sandalye ghế 椅子

chair

n. silla.

chair

n silla, sillón m; dental — sillón dental; reclining — silla reclinable
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Meg stopped lecturing, and lighted the lamp, Amy got out of the easy chair without being asked, and Jo forgot how tired she was as she sat up to hold the slippers nearer to the blaze.
The plan the writer had for the raising of his bed was forgotten and later the carpenter did it in his own way and the writer, who was past sixty, had to help himself with a chair when he went to bed at night.
Shimerda made grandmother sit down on the only chair and pointed his wife to a stool beside her.
There was something in her attitude, in her whole appearance when she leaned her head against the high-backed chair and spread her arms, which suggested the regal woman, the one who rules, who looks on, who stands alone.
It had a turn for quacking and squeaking,--that chair had,--either from having taken cold in early life, or from some asthmatic affection, or perhaps from nervous derangement; but, as she gently swung backward and forward, the chair kept up a kind of subdued "creechy crawchy," that would have been intolerable in any other chair.
There was only one sofa; it was against the wall; there was only one chair where a body could get at it--I had been revolving around it like a planet, and colliding with it like a comet half the night.
When the bedroom door was opened a large crow, which seemed quite at home perched on the high back of a carven chair, announced the entrance of a visitor by saying "Caw--Caw" quite loudly.
Richard, ostensibly highly amused and laughing at each other, moved the furniture of the box, lifted the cloths and the chairs and particularly examined the arm-chair in which "the man's voice" used to sit.
HUNCA MUNCA up in her chair, and chopped at the ham with another lead knife.
So they came into the room together, anti clustered round Grandfather's great chair.
He has one arm over the back of the chair, and he seems to be looking down at his clasped hands.
The mess rose joyously as he thrust forward the hilt of his sabre in token of fealty for the colonel of the White Hussars to touch, and dropped into a vacant chair amid shouts of: "Rung ho, Hira Singh