Definitions for: Chair


[n] the position of professor; "he was awarded an endowed chair in economics"
[n] a seat for one person, with a support for the back; "he put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down"
[n] an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles a chair; "the murderer was sentenced to die in the chair"
[n] the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization; "address your remarks to the chairperson"
[v] preside over; "John moderated the discussion"
[v] act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university; "She chaired the department for many years"



Webster (1913) Definition: Chair, n. [OE. chaiere, chaere, OF. chaiere, chaere, F.
chaire pulpit, fr. L. cathedra chair, armchair, a teacher's
or professor's chair, Gr. ? down + ? seat, ? to sit, akin to
E. sit. See Sit, and cf. Cathedral, chaise.]
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.
--Shak.

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.


Chair, v. t. [imp. & p. pr. Chaired; p. pr. & vb. n.
Chairing.]
1. To place in a chair.

2. To carry publicly in a chair in triumph. [Eng.]

Synonyms: chairman, chairman, chairperson, chairwoman, death chair, electric chair, hot seat, lead, moderate, president, professorship

See Also: armchair, back, backrest, barber chair, berth, chaise, chaise longue, daybed, discuss, Eames chair, feeding chair, fighting chair, folding chair, garden chair, head, highchair, instrument of execution, ladder-back, ladder-back chair, lawn chair, lead, leg, office, place, position, post, presiding officer, rocker, rocking chair, seat, side chair, situation, spot, straight chair, swivel chair, tablet-armed chair, talk over, throne, vice chairman, wheelchair

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