siege /ˈsiʤ ||ˈsiʒ/
1. A seat; especially, a royal seat; a throne. [Obs.] “Upon the very siege of justice.”
A stately siege of sovereign majesty,
And thereon sat a woman gorgeous gay. --Spenser.
In our great hall there stood a vacant chair . . .
And Merlin called it “The siege perilous.” --Tennyson.
2. Hence, place or situation; seat. [Obs.]
Ah! traitorous eyes, come out of your shameless siege forever. --Painter (Palace of Pleasure).
3. Rank; grade; station; estimation. [Obs.]
I fetch my life and being
From men of royal siege. --Shak.
4. Passage of excrements; stool; fecal matter. [Obs.]
The siege of this mooncalf. --Shak.
5. The sitting of an army around or before a fortified place for the purpose of compelling the garrison to surrender; the surrounding or investing of a place by an army, and approaching it by passages and advanced works, which cover the besiegers from the enemy's fire. See the Note under Blockade.
6. Hence, a continued attempt to gain possession.
Love stood the siege, and would not yield his breast. --Dryden.
7. The floor of a glass-furnace.
8. A workman's bench.
Siege gun, a heavy gun for siege operations.
Siege train, artillery adapted for attacking fortified places.
Siege, v. t. To besiege; to beset. [R.]
Through all the dangers that can siege
The life of man. --Buron.
n : the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified
place and isolates it while continuing to attack [syn: besieging,
beleaguering, military blockade]