Definitions for: Sitting


[n] the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position; "he read the mystery at one sitting"
[n] 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"
[n] a session as of a legislature or court
[n] a meeting of spiritualists; "the seance was held in the medium's parlor"
[adj] (of persons) having the torso erect and legs bent with the body supported on the buttocks; "the seated Madonna"; "the audience remained seated"
[adj] not moving and therefore easy to attack; "a sitting target"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sit"ting, a.
Being in the state, or the position, of one who, or that
which, sits.


Sit"ting, n.
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.

Synonyms: nonmoving, posing, seance, seated, session, unmoving

Antonyms: standing

See Also: get together, meeting, motility, motion, move, movement, session, spirit rapping, table lifting, table rapping, table tapping, table tilting, table tipping, table turning

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