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sit·ting

 (sĭt′ĭng)
n.
1. The act or position of one that sits.
2. A period during which one is seated and occupied with a single activity, such as posing for a portrait or reading a book.
3. A session or term, as of a legislature or court.
4.
a. An act, condition, or period of brooding on eggs by a bird; incubation.
b. The number of eggs under a brooding bird; a clutch.
adj.
1. Incubating a nest of eggs: a sitting hen.
2. Occupying an official position; incumbent.
3.
a. Of or for sitting: a sitting posture; a sitting area in a bus station.
b. Done or executed while sitting.

sitting

(ˈsɪtɪŋ)
n
1. a continuous period of being seated: I read his novel at one sitting.
2. (Cookery) such a period in a restaurant, canteen, etc, where space and other facilities are limited: dinner will be served in two sittings.
3. (Art Terms) the act or period of posing for one's portrait to be painted, carved, etc
4. (Parliamentary Procedure) a meeting, esp of an official body, to conduct business
5. (Zoology) the incubation period of a bird's eggs during which the mother sits on them to keep them warm
adj
6. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) in office: a sitting Member of Parliament.
7. (Zoology) (of a hen) brooding eggs
8. seated: in a sitting position.

sit•ting

(ˈsɪt ɪŋ)

n.
1. the act of a person or thing that sits.
2. a period of being seated, as in posing for a portrait.
3. a brooding, as of a hen upon eggs; incubation.
4. a session, as of a court or legislature.
5. the time allotted to the serving of a meal to a group, as aboard a ship.
adj.
6. for, suited to, or accomplished while sitting: a sitting catch.
7. (of a target) readily seen, approached, or hit.
8. occupying an official position or office; incumbent.
9. in session; active: a sitting legislature.
10. (of a bird) occupying a nest of eggs for hatching.
[1175–1225]

Sitting

 the meeting together of a body of persons authorised to transact business; the number of eggs covered by a fowl in a single brood; a number of people taking a meal or sitting examination at a certain time.
Examples: sitting of a commission; of a judicial court; of eggs, 1854; of parliament, 1700.

Sitting

 

See Also: BEARING, IMMOBILITY

  1. Carefully lowered himself into the chair like someone entering a steaming hot bath —Andrew Kaplan
  2. Grandly sitting like a great rock —John Ashbery
  3. Hit his chair like a large rock —Rita Mae Brown
  4. Hunkered down on our haunches like Indians —Stephen King
  5. Just sits there … like a sick cat —Niven Busch
  6. Perched [on a stool] like a night owl —Jonathan Valin
  7. [Eight matrons] perched like pigeons around two identical card tables —Leigh Allison Wilson
  8. Sank back [into chair] … like a weighted diver into water —Richard Moran

    The diver comparison is particularly apt within the context of Moran’s novel, Cold Sea Rising, with its many ocean scenes.

  9. Sank into a chair like a stone sinking into water —Lael Tucker Wertenbaker
  10. Sat as still as a bird sleeping on a limb —James Crumley
  11. Sat bolt upright, like a character in a work of cheap fiction —Peter De Vries
  12. Sat down heavily, like a farmer getting ready for Sunday dinner —Harvey Swados
  13. Sat like a bronze figure —William Brammer

    The variations on sitting, standing or being “Still as a statue” are virtually limitless.

  14. Sat like a humped stone —Flannery O’Connor
  15. Sat like a lump of lead —Erich Maria Remarque
  16. Sat like granite —Walter Stone
  17. Sat like half-folded shirts, arms out of the way and knees close together —Mary Ward Brown
  18. Sat [silently] like someone who can’t remember the punch-line —William Mcllvanney
  19. Sat like some portent against the skies of the evening —E. M. Forster
  20. Sat like wood —Leslie Thomas
  21. Sat silent, motionless, like guests waiting to be welcomed —Helen Hudson
  22. Sat stiff as a cockroach, waiting to spring to life —Miles Gibson
  23. Sat stolidly, like an egg flattened on its bottom —David Ignatow
  24. Sat there like a mountain —Eudora Welty
  25. Sat up abruptly like a clockwork figure released by a spring —Joyce Cary
  26. Sat up and crossed his legs like a tailor. Like a tailor with no needle —Sterling Hayden
  27. Sat up as if she’d been shot from a cannon —Jonathan Valin
  28. Sat up —like a soldier at reveille —Jonathan Valin
  29. Sat up like Lazarus —Ray Bradbury
  30. She is dumped on the seat like a barrel of ashes —Malcolm Cowley
  31. Sitting [on the floor] like a sack —Ivan Turgenev
  32. Sit like a frog on a chopping block —John Ray’s Proverbs
  33. Sit like an umbrella —Bertold Brecht
  34. Sit like fixed candlesticks —William Shakespeare
  35. Stood there like a mannequin —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  36. Sit silent and still as if they were in a photograph, slightly out of focus —George Garrett
  37. Sits like a pile of dough —Lee Smith
  38. Sits quietly with her hands in her lap, like a pregnant woman being driven to the delivery rooom —Alice McDermott
  39. Sits up high like a job applicant —Richard Ford
  40. Sitting like somebody found at Pompeii —William Mcllvanney
  41. Sitting motionless … like a mother who affects not to notice the rude or awkward conduct of her children —Marcel Proust
  42. (She straightened up,) sitting stiff and small, like a small mast against a storm —Elizabeth Spencer
  43. Sitting there pop-eyed as a ventriloquist’s dummy —Antonia White
  44. You sit with your head like a carving in space —Wallace Stevens
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sitting - (photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait)sitting - (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"
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
photography, picture taking - the act of taking and printing photographs
2.sitting - the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position; "he read the mystery at one sitting"
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
3.sitting - a meeting of spiritualistssitting - a meeting of spiritualists; "the seance was held in the medium's parlor"
spirit rapping, table rapping, table tapping - alleged form of communication with spirits of the dead
table lifting, table tilting, table tipping, table turning - manipulation of a table during a seance; attributed to spirits
get together, meeting - a small informal social gathering; "there was an informal meeting in my living room"
4.sitting - a session as of a legislature or court
session - a meeting for execution of a group's functions; "it was the opening session of the legislature"
Adj.1.sitting - (of persons) having the torso erect and legs bent with the body supported on the buttocks; "the seated Madonna"; "the audience remained seated"
2.sitting - not moving and therefore easy to attack; "a sitting target"
nonmoving, unmoving - not in motion

sitting

noun
1. session, period Dinner was in two sittings.
2. meeting, hearing, session, congress, consultation, get-together (informal) the recent emergency sittings
Translations
جَلْسَه
sezení
omgang
lota, törn
posedeniesedenie
oturmaoturumoturuş

sitting

[ˈsɪtɪŋ]
A. N
1. (= session) (Pol, Art etc) → sesión f; (in canteen) → turno m
second sitting for lunchsegundo turno de comedor
to eat it all at one sittingcomérselo todo de una sentada
to read a book in one sittingleer un libro de un tirón
2. (Zool) [of eggs] → nidada f
B. ADJ (also sitting down) → sentado
a sitting birduna ave que está posada or inmóvil
a sitting henuna gallina clueca
C. CPD sitting duck N (fig) → blanco m facilísimo
sitting member Nmiembro mf actual or en funciones
sitting room N (= living room) → sala f, cuarto m de estar, salón m, living m (LAm); (= space) sitting and standing roomsitio m para sentarse y para estar de pie
sitting tenant Ninquilino/a m/f en posesión

sitting

[ˈsɪtɪŋ]
n
[assembly, court, parliament] → séance f
(in canteen)service m
adj
[position] → assis(e)
(= incumbent) [president] → en exercicesitting duck ncible f facilesitting member n [parliament] → parlementaire mf en exercicesitting room n (British)salon msitting target ncible f facilesitting tenant n (British)locataire mf en place

sitting

adjsitzend; birdbrütend; conferencetagend, in Sitzung; to be in a sitting positionaufsitzen; to get into a sitting positionsich aufsetzen; there is sitting room onlyes gibt nur Sitzplätze
n (of committee, parliament, for portrait)Sitzung f; they have two sittings for lunchsie servieren das Mittagessen in zwei Schüben; the first sitting for lunch is at 12 o’clockdie erste Mittagessenzeit ist um 12 Uhr; at one or a single sitting (fig)auf einmal

sitting

:
sitting duck
n (fig)leichte Beute
sitting member
n (Brit Parl) → (derzeitiger) Abgeordneter, (derzeitige) Abgeordnete
sitting room
n (esp Brit) (= lounge)Wohnzimmer nt; (in guest house etc) → Aufenthaltsraum m
sitting target
n (lit, fig)leichte Beute
sitting tenant
n (Brit) → (derzeitiger) Mieter, (derzeitige) Mieterin

sitting

[ˈsɪtɪŋ]
1. n (of assembly, Parliament) → seduta; (in canteen) → turno; (for portrait) → seduta (di posa)
2. adj in a sitting positionseduto/a

sit

(sit) present participle sitting: past tense, past participle sat (sӕt) verb
1. to (cause to) rest on the buttocks; to (cause to) be seated. He likes sitting on the floor; They sat me in the chair and started asking questions.
2. to lie or rest; to have a certain position. The parcel is sitting on the table.
3. (with on) to be an official member of (a board, committee etc). He sat on several committees.
4. (of birds) to perch. An owl was sitting in the tree by the window.
5. to undergo (an examination).
6. to take up a position, or act as a model, in order to have one's picture painted or one's photograph taken. She is sitting for a portrait/photograph.
7. (of a committee, parliament etc) to be in session. Parliament sits from now until Christmas.
ˈsitter noun
1. a person who poses for a portrait etc.
2. a baby-sitter.
ˈsitting noun
a period of continuous action, meeting etc. I read the whole book at one sitting; The committee were prepared for a lengthy sitting.
ˈsit-in noun
an occupation of a building etc by protesters. The students staged a sit-in.
ˈsitting-room noun
a room used mainly for sitting in.
sitting target, sitting duck
someone or something that is in an obvious position to be attacked. If they're reducing staff, he's a sitting target.
sit back
to rest and take no part in an activity. He just sat back and let it all happen.
sit down
to (cause to) take a seat, take a sitting position. Let's sit down over here; He sat the child down on the floor.
sit out
1. to remain seated during a dance. Let's sit (this one) out.
2. to remain inactive and wait until the end of. They'll try to sit out the crisis.
sit tight
to keep the same position or be unwilling to move or act. The best thing to do is to sit tight and see if things improve.
sit up
1. to rise to a sitting position. Can the patient sit up?
2. to remain awake, not going to bed. I sat up until 3 a.m. waiting for you!
References in classic literature ?
March got her wet things off, her warm slippers on, and sitting down in the easy chair, drew Amy to her lap, preparing to enjoy the happiest hour of her busy day.
The wrestler with an effective Sit Series won't be "stuck sitting on the bench.