Siege (?), n. [OE. sege, OF. siege, F. siege a seat, a siege; cf. It. seggia, seggio, zedio, a seat, asseggio, assedio, a siege, F. assi'eger to besiege, It. & LL. assediare, L. obsidium a siege, besieging; all ultimately fr. L. sedere to sit. See Sit, and cf. See, n.]


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.


Hence, place or situation; seat.


Ah! traitorous eyes, come out of your shameless siege forever. Painter (Palace of Pleasure).


Rank; grade; station; estimation.


I fetch my life and being From men of royal siege. Shak.


Passage of excrements; stool; fecal matter.


The siege of this mooncalf. Shak.


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.


Hence, a continued attempt to gain possession.

Love stood the siege, and would not yield his breast. Dryden.


The floor of a glass-furnace.


A workman's bench.


Siege gun, a heavy gun for siege operations. -- Siege train, artillery adapted for attacking fortified places.


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Siege, v. t.

To besiege; to beset.


Through all the dangers that can siege The life of man. Buron.


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