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Definition of Siege


  1. A seat; especially, a royal seat; a throne.
  2. Hence, place or situation; seat.
  3. Rank; grade; station; estimation.
  4. Passage of excrements; stool; fecal matter.
  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.
  7. The floor of a glass-furnace.
  8. A workman's bench.
  9. To besiege; to beset.

Siege Quotations

One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.
Virginia Woolf

Sarajevo was this beautiful city, very cosmopolitan, multiethnic, full of wonderful people, artists and writers and poets and Serbs and Muslims and Croats, and living side by side. And then this medieval siege, and it was a medieval siege, came, and the Bosnian Serbs were on the hills lobbing in rockets and grenades and mortars.
Janine di Giovanni

Stories of all lengths and depths come from different parts of the cave. For a novel, you must lay in mental, physical and spiritual provision as for a siege or for a time of hectic explosions, while a short story is, or can be, a steady, timed flame like the lighting of a blow lamp on a building site full of dry tinder.
Jane Gardam

To be under occupation, to be under siege, is not a good inspiration for poetry.
Mahmoud Darwish

This old notion that work is drudgery is nonsense. Most days, even back when Xerox was under siege, I could not wait to get to the office.
Ursula Burns
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Siege Translations

siege in Dutch is belegering, beleg
siege in German is belagern, Belagerung
siege in Hungarian is ostrom
siege in Italian is assedio
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