the act of a person or thing that sits.
a period of remaining seated, as in posing for a portrait or reading a book.
the space on or in which one sits, as in a church.
a brooding, as of a hen upon eggs; incubation.
the number of eggs on which a bird sits during a single hatching; clutch.
a session, as of a court or legislature.
the time or space allotted to the serving of a meal to a group, as aboard a ship.
(of a bird) occupying a nest of eggs for hatching.
of, for, or suited to sitting:
a sitting area in the lobby.
holding an official position or office; occupying an appointed or elected seat; incumbent:
a sitting pontiff.
in session or at work; active:
a sitting legislature.
sitting pretty, in an auspicious position:
He’s been sitting pretty since he got that new job.
verb (used without object), sat or (Archaic) sate; sat or (Archaic) sitten; sitting.
to rest with the body supported by the buttocks or thighs; be seated.
to be located or situated:
The house sits well up on the slope.
to rest or lie (usually followed by on or upon):
An aura of greatness sits easily upon him.
to place oneself in position for an artist, photographer, etc.; pose:
to sit for a portrait.
to remain quiet or inactive:
They let the matter sit.
(of a bird) to perch or roost.
(of a hen) to cover eggs to hatch them; brood.
to fit, rest, or hang, as a garment:
The jacket sits well on your shoulders.
to occupy a place or have a seat in an official assembly or in an official capacity, as a legislator, judge, or bishop.
to be convened or in session, as an assembly.
to act as a baby-sitter.
(of wind) to blow from the indicated direction:
The wind sits in the west tonight.
to be accepted or considered in the way indicated:
Something about his looks just didn’t sit right with me.
Informal. to be acceptable to the stomach:
Something I ate for breakfast didn’t sit too well.
Chiefly British. to take a test or examination:
I’m studying now, and I plan to sit in June.
verb (used with object), sat or (Archaic) sate; sat or (Archaic) sitten; sitting.
to cause to sit; seat (often followed by down):
Sit yourself down. He sat me near him.
to sit astride or keep one’s seat on (a horse or other animal):
She sits her horse gracefully.
to provide seating accommodations or seating room for; seat:
Our dining-room table only sits six people.
Informal. to serve as baby-sitter for:
A neighbor can sit the children while you go out.
Chiefly British. to take (a test or examination):
She finally received permission to sit the exam at a later date.
to take a seat.
to descend to a sitting position; alight.
to take up a position, as to encamp or besiege:
The military forces sat down at the approaches to the city.
to attend or take part as a visitor or temporary participant:
to sit in at a bridge game; to sit in for the band’s regular pianist.
to take part in a sit-in.
sit in on, to be a spectator, observer, or visitor at:
to sit in on classes.
to inquire into or deliberate over:
A coroner’s jury was called to sit on the case.
Informal. to suppress; silence:
They sat on the bad news as long as they could.
Informal. to check or rebuke; squelch:
I’ll sit on him if he tries to interrupt me.
to stay to the end of:
Though bored, we sat out the play.
to surpass in endurance:
He sat out his tormentors.
to keep one’s seat during (a dance, competition, etc.); fail to participate in:
We sat out all the Latin-American numbers.
to rise from a supine to a sitting position.
to delay the hour of retiring beyond the usual time.
to sit upright; hold oneself erect.
Informal. to become interested or astonished:
We all sat up when the holiday was announced.
sit on one’s hands,
to fail to applaud.
to fail to take appropriate action.
sit pretty, Informal. to be in a comfortable situation:
He’s been sitting pretty ever since he got that new job.
sit tight, to bide one’s time; take no action:
I’m going to sit tight till I hear from you.
(in prescriptions) may it be.
a continuous period of being seated: I read his novel at one sitting
such a period in a restaurant, canteen, etc, where space and other facilities are limited: dinner will be served in two sittings
the act or period of posing for one’s portrait to be painted, carved, etc
a meeting, esp of an official body, to conduct business
the incubation period of a bird’s eggs during which the mother sits on them to keep them warm
in office: a sitting Member of Parliament
(of a hen) brooding eggs
seated: in a sitting position
verb (mainly intransitive) sits, sitting, sat
(also transitive; when intr, often foll by down, in, or on) to adopt or rest in a posture in which the body is supported on the buttocks and thighs and the torso is more or less upright: to sit on a chair, sit a horse
(transitive) to cause to adopt such a posture
(of an animal) to adopt or rest in a posture with the hindquarters lowered to the ground
(of a bird) to perch or roost
(of a hen or other bird) to cover eggs to hatch them; brood
to be situated or located
(of the wind) to blow from the direction specified
to adopt and maintain a posture for one’s portrait to be painted, etc
to occupy or be entitled to a seat in some official capacity, as a judge, elected representative, etc
(of a deliberative body) to be convened or in session
to remain inactive or unused: his car sat in the garage for a year
to rest or lie as specified: the nut was sitting so awkwardly that he couldn’t turn it
(of a garment) to fit or hang as specified: that dress sits well on you
to weigh, rest, or lie as specified: greatness sits easily on him
(transitive) (mainly Brit) to take (an examination): he’s sitting his bar finals
(usually foll by for) (mainly Brit) to be a candidate (for a qualification): he’s sitting for a BA
(intransitive; in combination) to look after a specified person or thing for someone else: granny-sit
(transitive) to have seating capacity for
(informal) sitting pretty, well placed or established financially, socially, etc
to wait patiently; bide one’s time
to maintain one’s position, stand, or opinion firmly
stay in touch
See sitting meditation
the attitude generally assumed in Palestine by those who were engaged in any kind of work. “The carpenter saws, planes, and hews with his hand-adze, sitting on the ground or upon the plank he is planning. The washerwoman sits by the tub; and, in a word, no one stands when it is possible to sit. Shopkeepers always sit, and Levi sitting at the receipt of custom (Matt. 9:9) is the exact way to state the case.”, Thomson, Land and Book.
- Sitting Bull
noun 1. 1834–90, American Indian warrior: leader of the Hunkpapa; victor at Little Bighorn, 1876. Sitting Bull noun 1. Indian name Tatanka Yotanka. ?1831–90, American Indian chief of the Teton Dakota Sioux. Resisting White encroachment on his people’s hunting grounds, he led the Sioux tribes against the US Army in the Sioux War (1876–77) in […]
noun 1. a helpless or easy target or victim: a sitting duck for shady financial schemes. sitting duck definition A very easy target: “His arguments were so simple, she was able to knock them down like sitting ducks.” The term comes from hunting, where it is much easier to hit ducks when they are sitting […]
- Sitting meditation
noun a session of meditation undertaken while seated, aimed toward calming the mind and reaching insight as to the nature of mind; also called seated meditation , sitting , zazen Examples Zazen is a type of sitting meditation.
- Sitting on a powder keg
In imminent danger, in an explosive situation, as in Our office is sitting on a powder keg while management decides whether or not to close us down. This metaphoric term alludes to sitting on a keg of gunpowder that could go off at any moment. [ First half of 1900s ]