chair /ˈʧɛr, ˈʧær/
Chair, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chaired p. pr. & vb. n. Chairing.]
1. To place in a chair.
2. To carry publicly in a chair in triumph. [Eng.]
1. A movable single seat with a back.
2. An official seat, as of a chief magistrate or a judge, but esp. that of a professor; hence, the office itself.
The chair of a philosophical school. --Whewell.
A chair of philology. --M. Arnold.
3. The presiding officer of an assembly; a chairman; as, to address the chair.
4. A vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles, or two-wheeled carriage, drawn by one horse; a gig.
Think what an equipage thou hast in air,
And view with scorn two pages and a chair. --Pope.
5. An iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers.
Chair days, days of repose and age.
To put into the chair, to elect as president, or as chairman of a meeting. --Macaulay.
To take the chair, to assume the position of president, or of chairman of a meeting.
n 1: a seat for one person, with a support for the back; "he put
his coat over the back of the chair and sat down"
2: the position of professor; "he was awarded an endowed chair
in economics" [syn: professorship]
3: the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization;
"address your remarks to the chairperson" [syn: president,
chairman, chairwoman, chairperson]
4: an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles a
chair; "the murderer was sentenced to die in the chair"
[syn: electric chair, death chair, hot seat]
v 1: act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a
university; "She chaired the department for many years"
2: preside over; "John moderated the discussion" [syn: moderate,