Sit, v. i. [imp. Sat (Sate archaic); p. p. Sat (Sitten obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Sitting.]
1. To rest upon the haunches, or the lower extremity of the trunk of the body; -- said of human beings, and sometimes of other animals; as, to sit on a sofa, on a chair, or on the ground.
And he came and took the book put of the right hand of him that sate upon the seat. --Bible (1551) (Rev. v. 7.)
I pray you, jest, sir, as you sit at dinner. --Shak.
2. To perch; to rest with the feet drawn up, as birds do on a branch, pole, etc.
3. To remain in a state of repose; to rest; to abide; to rest in any position or condition.
And Moses said to . . . the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here? --Num. xxxii. 6.
Like a demigod here sit I in the sky. --Shak.
4. To lie, rest, or bear; to press or weigh; -- with on; as, a weight or burden sits lightly upon him.
The calamity sits heavy on us. --Jer. Taylor.
5. To be adjusted; to fit; as, a coat sits well or ill.
This new and gorgeous garment, majesty,
Sits not so easy on me as you think. --Shak.
6. To suit one well or ill, as an act; to become; to befit; -- used impersonally. [Obs.]
7. To cover and warm eggs for hatching, as a fowl; to brood; to incubate.
As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not. --Jer. xvii. 11.
8. To have position, as at the point blown from; to hold a relative position; to have direction.
Like a good miller that knows how to grind, which way soever the wind sits. --Selden.
Sits the wind in that quarter? --Sir W. Scott.
9. To occupy a place or seat as a member of an official body; as, to sit in Congress.
10. To hold a session; to be in session for official business; -- said of legislative assemblies, courts, etc.; as, the court sits in January; the aldermen sit to-night.
11. To take a position for the purpose of having some artistic representation of one's self made, as a picture or a bust; as, to sit to a painter.
To sit at, to rest under; to be subject to. [Obs.] “A farmer can not husband his ground so well if he sit at a great rent”. --Bacon.
To sit at meat or To sit at table, to be at table for eating.
To sit down. (a) To place one's self on a chair or other seat; as, to sit down when tired. (b) To begin a siege; as, the enemy sat down before the town. (c) To settle; to fix a permanent abode. --Spenser. (d) To rest; to cease as satisfied. “Here we can not sit down, but still proceed in our search.” --Rogers.
To sit for a fellowship, to offer one's self for examination with a view to obtaining a fellowship. [Eng. Univ.]
To sit out. (a) To be without engagement or employment. [Obs.] --Bp. Sanderson. (b) To outstay. (c) to refrain from participating in [an activity such as a dance or hand at cards]; used especially after one has recently participated in an earlier such activity. The one sitting out does not necessarily have to sit during the activity foregone.
To sit under, to be under the instruction or ministrations of; as, to sit under a preacher; to sit under good preaching.
To sit up, to rise from, or refrain from, a recumbent posture or from sleep; to sit with the body upright; as, to sit up late at night; also, to watch; as, to sit up with a sick person. “He that was dead sat up, and began to speak.” --Luke vii. 15.
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.
Sitting room, an apartment where the members of a family usually sit, as distinguished from a drawing-room, parlor, chamber, or kitchen.
Sit·ting a. Being in the state, or the position, of one who, or that which, sits.
v 1: be seated [syn: sit down] [ant: stand, lie]
2: sit around, often unused; "The object sat in the corner"
3: take a seat [syn: sit down] [ant: arise]
4: be in session; "When does the court of law sit?"
5: assume a posture as for artistic purposes; "We don't know
the woman who posed for Leonardo so often" [syn: model,
6: sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while
controlling its motions; "She never sat a horse!"; "Did
you ever ride a camel?"; "The girl liked to drive the
young mare" [syn: ride]
7: work or act as a baby-sitter; "I cannot baby-sit tonight; I
have too much homework to do" [syn: baby-sit]
8: show to a seat; assign a seat for; "The host seated me next
to Mrs. Smith" [syn: seat, sit down]
[also: sitting, sat]
adj 1: (of persons) having the torso erect and legs bent with the
body supported on the buttocks; "the seated Madonna";
"the audience remained seated" [syn: seated] [ant: standing]
2: not moving and therefore easy to attack; "a sitting target"
n 1: (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" [syn: posing]
2: the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position; "he
read the mystery at one sitting"
3: a meeting of spiritualists; "the seance was held in the
medium's parlor" [syn: seance, session]
4: a session as of a legislature or court
the attitude generally assumed in Palestine by those who were
engaged in any kind of work. "The carpenter saws, planes, and
hews with his hand-adze, sitting on the ground or upon the plank
he is planning. The washerwoman sits by the tub; and, in a word,
no one stands when it is possible to sit. Shopkeepers always
sit, and Levi sitting at the receipt of custom (Matt. 9:9) is
the exact way to state the case.", Thomson, Land and Book.