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Sit \Sit\, obs. 3d pers. sing. pres. of Sit, for sitteth.
Sit \Sit\, v. i. [imp. Sat( Sate, archaic); p. p. Sat ( Sitten, obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Sitting.] [OE. sitten, AS. sittan; akin to OS. sittian, OFries. sitta, D. zitten, G. sitzen, OHG. sizzen, Icel. sitja, SW. sitta, Dan. sidde, Goth. sitan, Russ. sidiete, L. sedere, Gr. ???, Skr. sad. [root]154. Cf. Assess, Assize, Cathedral, Chair, Dissident, Excise, Insidious, Possess, Reside, Sanhedrim, Seance, Seat, n., Sedate, 4th Sell, Siege, Session, Set, v. t., Sizar, Size, Subsidy.]
To rest upon the haunches, or the lower extremity of the trunk of the body; -- said of human beings, and sometimes of other animals; as, to sit on a sofa, on a chair, or on the ground.
And he came and took the book put of the right hand of him that sate upon the seat.
--Bible (1551) (Rev. v. 7.)
I pray you, jest, sir, as you sit at dinner.
To perch; to rest with the feet drawn up, as birds do on a branch, pole, etc.
To remain in a state of repose; to rest; to abide; to rest in any position or condition.
And Moses said to . . . the children of Reuben, Shall your brothren go to war, and shall ye sit here?
--Num. xxxii. 6.
Like a demigod here sit I in the sky.
To lie, rest, or bear; to press or weigh; -- with on; as, a weight or burden sits lightly upon him.
The calamity sits heavy on us.
To be adjusted; to fit; as, a coat sts well or ill.
This new and gorgeous garment, majesty, Sits not so easy on me as you think.
To suit one well or ill, as an act; to become; to befit; -- used impersonally. [Obs.]
To cover and warm eggs for hatching, as a fowl; to brood; to incubate.
As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not.
--Jer. xvii. 11.
To have position, as at the point blown from; to hold a relative position; to have direction.
Like a good miller that knows how to grind, which way soever the wind sits.
Sits the wind in that quarter?
--Sir W. Scott.
To occupy a place or seat as a member of an official body; as, to sit in Congress.
To hold a session; to be in session for official business; -- said of legislative assemblies, courts, etc.; as, the court sits in January; the aldermen sit to-night.
To take a position for the purpose of having some artistic representation of one's self made, as a picture or a bust; as, to sit to a painter. To sit at, to rest under; to be subject to. [Obs.] ``A farmer can not husband his ground so well if he sit at a great rent''. --Bacon. To sit at meat or To sit at table, to be at table for eating. To sit down.
To place one's self on a chair or other seat; as, to sit down when tired.
To begin a siege; as, the enemy sat down before the town.
To settle; to fix a permanent abode.
To rest; to cease as satisfied. ``Here we can not sit down, but still proceed in our search.'' --Rogers. To sit for a fellowship, to offer one's self for examination with a view to obtaining a fellowship. [Eng. Univ.] To sit out.
To be without engagement or employment. [Obs.]
To sit under, to be under the instruction or ministrations of; as, to sit under a preacher; to sit under good preaching.
To sit up, to rise from, or refrain from, a recumbent posture or from sleep; to sit with the body upright; as, to sit up late at night; also, to watch; as, to sit up with a sick person. ``He that was dead sat up, and began to speak.''
--Luke vii. 15.
Sit \Sit\, v. t.
To sit upon; to keep one's seat upon; as, he sits a horse well.
Hardly the muse can sit the headstrong horse.
To cause to be seated or in a sitting posture; to furnish a seat to; -- used reflexively.
They sat them down to weep.
Sit you down, father; rest you.
To suit (well or ill); to become. [Obs. or R.]
n. (context rare Buddhism English) an event (usually one full day or more) where the primary goal is to '''sit''' in meditation. vb. 1 (context intransitive of a person English) To be in a position in which the upper body is upright and the legs (especially the upper legs) are supported by some object. 2 (context intransitive of a person English) To move oneself into such a position. 3 (context intransitive of an object English) To occupy a given position permanently. 4 To remain in a state of repose; to rest; to abide; to rest in any position or condition. 5 (context government English) To be a member of a deliberative body. 6 (context legal government English) Of a legislative or, especially, a judicial body such as a court, to be in session. 7 To lie, rest, or bear; to press or weigh. 8 To be adjusted; to fit. 9 (context intransitive of an agreement or arrangement English) To be accepted or acceptable; to work. 10 (context transitive English) To cause to be seated or in a sitting posture; to furnish a seat to. 11 (context transitive English) To accommodate in seats; to seat. 12 (context intransitive English) shortened form of babysit. 13 (context transitive US English) To babysit 14 (context transitive Australia New Zealand UK English) To take, to undergo or complete (an examination or test). 15 To cover and warm eggs for hatching, as a fowl; to brood; to incubate. 16 To take a position for the purpose of having some artistic representation of oneself made, such as a picture or a bust. 17 To have position, as at the point blown from; to hold a relative position; to have direction.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English sittan "to occupy a seat, be seated, sit down, seat oneself; remain, continue; settle, encamp, occupy; lie in wait; besiege" (class V strong verb; past tense sæt, past participle seten), from Proto-Germanic *setjan (cognates: Old Saxon sittian, Old Norse sitja, Danish sidde, Old Frisian sitta, Middle Dutch sitten, Dutch zitten, Old High German sizzan, German sitzen, Gothic sitan), from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).\n
\nWith past tense sat, formerly also set, now restricted to dialect, and sate, now archaic; and past participle sat, formerly sitten. In reference to a legislative assembly, from 1510s. Meaning "to baby-sit" is recorded from 1966.\n
\nTo sit back "be inactive" is from 1943. To sit on one's hands was originally "to withhold applause" (1926); later, "to do nothing" (1959). To sit around "be idle, do nothing" is 1915, American English. To sit out "not take part" is from 1650s. Sitting pretty is from 1916.
sit around, often unused; "The object sat in the corner"
be in session; "When does the court of law sit?"
sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions; "She never sat a horse!"; "Did you ever ride a camel?"; "The girl liked to drive the young mare" [syn: ride]
work or act as a baby-sitter; "I cannot baby-sit tonight; I have too much homework to do" [syn: baby-sit]
SIT may refer to:
Sit is an uninhabited Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea located between Žut and Pašman. Its area is .
The coastline is not significantly indented, except for the bay Pahaljica (Čitapićev port) to the north of the island. Its middle width of 500 m consists of only one mountain ridge, where the highest elevation Veli vrh (84 m.a.s.l.) is located in the eastern part of the island, the central hill Vlašić is 78 m.a.s.l., and the northwest end Borovac is 60 m.a.s.l.
Usage examples of "sit".
Here was my wife, who had secretly aided and abetted her son in his design, and been the recipient of his hopes and fears on the subject, turning to me, who had dared to utter a feeble protest or two only to be scoffed at, and summarily sat upon, asking if the game was really safe.
He asked, what officers would risk this event if the rioters themselves, or their abettors, were afterwards to sit as their judges?
Scott Velie commenced his prepared speech as he sat, holding in abeyance his moment for rising, which was timed to occur at the delivery of a key sentence halfway into his brief statement.
I will not wear thy soul with words about my grief and sorrow: but it is to be told that I sat now in a perilous place, and yet I might not step down from it and abide in that land, for then it was a sure thing, that some of my foes would have laid hand on me and brought me to judgment for being but myself, and I should have ended miserably.
Beside the cushion was a vacant throne, radiant as morning in the East, ablaze with devices in gold and gems, a seat to fill the meanest soul with sensations of majesty and tempt dervishes to the sitting posture.
Her thoughts are like the lotus Abloom by sacred streams Beneath the temple arches Where Quiet sits and dreams.
On the dressing table, ably guarded by a dark Regency armchair cushioned in yet another floral, sat an assemblage of antique silver-hair accessories and crystal perfume flacons, the grouping flanked by two small lamps, everything centered around a gold Empire vanity mirror.
I just sat back on my heels and let her tongue lash over me, until at last it dawned on me that the old abo must have gone running to her and she thought we were responsible for scaring him out of what wits he had.
Just where the bitumen ended and the grass began sat a small Aboriginal boy, I recognised him as belonging to a house around the corner from us!
I was sitting there listening to her go on about abortion, I casually made an off-mike comment to my call screener that I wished I could abort this call.
Conal now sat on its sculpted door, and absently traced a slender finger along an air intake, glowering at the envelope.
Each time he returned to the car, he half expected the girl to be gone, but she sat quietly holding the baby and absently stared toward infinity.
Paul sat with the pamphlet on the platform, he had been gazing absently at the stalled truck from which the men had emerged.
He was sitting in a music hall one evening, sipping his absinth and admiring the art of a certain famous Russian dancer, when he caught a passing glimpse of a pair of evil black eyes upon him.
He watched it, then dropped another daisy into the water, and after that another, and sat watching them with bright, absolved eyes, crouching near on the bank.