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sit

verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a sitting target (=someone who is easy to attack)
▪ In the open, the soldiers are sitting targets.
a sitting/kneeling/standing position
▪ The priest rose from his kneeling position by the bed.
fall/sit down etc with a bump
▪ Rose fell, landing with a bump.
nowhere to go/live/sit etc
▪ I have no job and nowhere to live.
sat cross-legged
▪ We sat cross-legged on the floor.
serve/sit on a committee (=be a member of an important committee)
▪ Our organization is always in need of volunteers to serve on the committee.
sit around a table
▪ We sat around the table and talked.
sit at a desk
▪ I don't want to do a job in which I'm sitting at a desk all day.
sit at a table
▪ He was sitting at a corner table.
sit (down) at the piano
▪ She sat down at the piano and began to play.
sit in/on a chair
▪ She sat in her favourite chair.
sit upright
▪ She was sitting upright in bed.
sit/lie/sleep on the floor
▪ Officers found her lying face down on the floor.
sit/serve on a jury (=be a member of a jury)
▪ At that time, black people were not allowed to serve on juries.
sit/serve on the bench (=work as a judge or magistrate)
sit/serve on the board
▪ She had served on the board of governors of the BBC.
sit/stand bolt upright (=sit or stand with your back very straight)
▪ Murphy and I both sat bolt upright when we heard the alarm.
sit/take your finals
▪ Anna sat her finals last summer.
sitting astride
▪ a photograph of my mother sitting astride a horse
sitting comfortably
▪ I was sitting comfortably in the lounge, reading a newspaper.
sitting duck
▪ Out in the open, the soldiers were sitting ducks for enemy fire.
sitting in front of
▪ I spend most of my time sitting in front of a computer.
sitting member
▪ the sitting member for Newbury
sitting room
sitting tenant
stand/sit/lie motionless
▪ The men stood motionless as Weir held his finger to his lips.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
around
▪ All participants sit around a large table.
▪ But in the land of my forebears, women sit around and wait for their men.
▪ We sat around the table, searching frantically for explanations and hoping unavailingly for good news.
▪ We would just sit around for hours and tell each other stories.
▪ Having finished a job, they don't sit around enjoying the results - it's on to the next.
▪ I can sit around with a word processor and hate everything.
▪ They all sat around in a circle agreeing what a swine Henry was.
▪ Everybody sat around talking with Camille.
back
▪ Jay sat back in her chair.
▪ Gordy commanded her to sit back down then bolted out the door.
▪ She heard him returning just as she sat back to admire her handiwork.
▪ The thick pungent smoke from the spliff filled the car in no time as Firebug took long leisurely tokes and sat back.
▪ City were content to sit back on their lead, and Newcastle lacked the pace or imagination to break them down.
▪ Fredrickson talked himself out and finally flushed and apologized like always and sat back down.
▪ He forced himself to sit back in his chair, to swallow more beer.
▪ I sat back in the chair, petting a new friend.
down
▪ By the time Sir Humphrey sat down few people in that court could have felt that Simmons had arrested the wrong man.
▪ She sipped the bubbly liquid and handed the glass back to Adrienne who sat down close beside her.
▪ Inder Lal and I sat down under a tree while the watchman went off to find the keys.
▪ You can see them on the hardwood ridges, but only if you sit down and wait patiently.
▪ Slinging his mac over the back of a pew he sat down and rested his feet on the one in front.
▪ Having completed these arrangements, I sat down, naked, on the box in the tub and typed my notes.
▪ Two large boulders were rolled on to the road and they sat down to wait, guns at the ready.
▪ She barely gained the dry bank of the stream before she sat down and leaned against a mulberry tree.
here
▪ But I can't sit here all night.
▪ I could sit here in the cool shadows of the city for ever.
▪ They used to sit here together for hours, smoking their pipes and chatting.
▪ We sit here so that we won t miss seeing anyone who comes in, anyone who goes out.
▪ I could sit here for hours, just looking.
▪ John Chico sat here, Alice Puerala sat here.
▪ She wanted to sit here all day.
▪ John Chico sat here, Alice Puerala sat here.
in
▪ Hugh sat in at the window.
▪ Marge felt herself sinking into the chair she sat in.
▪ Invite the most junior person in your department to sit in on your executive meeting.
▪ The body sits in a chair, a pistol nearby.
▪ No, honestly, I often sit in alone wearing a bottle and a half of Christmas cologne.
▪ I sat in the sun for a few minutes, naked.
In a unique demonstration they left their schools to sit in on a county council meeting discussing the cuts.Tim Hurst reports.
▪ Meir Ahronson sat in an old armchair, a piece of furniture that dated back to the times of King Sobieski.
just
▪ As a kid I'd just sit and watch my parents work and you'd learn so much.
▪ Every time it rang, I just sat there.
▪ You get the child who just sits and can't think what to do.
▪ Now Craig Bixby was trying to catch his eye, but Sonny just sat there.
▪ I just sat on the chair, staring at him.
▪ Three red stars sit just off the right side of my head.
▪ I du n no how long I sit there, I just sit there and sort of watch the cars go by.
▪ You just sit back and look around.
next
▪ I wonder if Emily Post has a chapter on what to wear and whom to sit next to at a hanging.
▪ No one to sit next to on the plane.
▪ George came and sat next to him.
▪ She sat next to him at dinner that night and engaged him in a lively discussion of rope walking.
▪ Steve had always been particularly friendly to me, and I had often sat next to him.
▪ Ahtonia sat next to her, holding her hand.
▪ While flying home I sat next to a senior executive with a large international organization.
▪ Will he sit next to you?
on
▪ He was as cold as the stone she sat on, she thought forlornly.
▪ He sat on his stool, his hands in his aproned lap, his big fleshy head swaying to the music.
▪ Lena sat on for a quarter of an hour, exactly timed by her watch, before leaving herself.
▪ Benjy sat on his sagging back steps with six-year-old Louis Klubock, who lived next door.
▪ She went out, cut more branches, threw the dying ones away, and sat on through the afternoon, thinking.
▪ We sat on and around the bunker while Nate and Connors told the story.
▪ Or take campaign-finance reform, which both parties cynically agreed to sit on until 1996 was safely over.
▪ The shack sat on about 1-1 / 4 rugged acres he bought jointly with his brother for $ 2, 100.
quietly
▪ If it is injured or sick it may sit quietly in an unusually visible position during daylight hours.
▪ They sit quietly on the locker-room benches, their faces solemn, their eyes averted.
▪ Then we asked the students to sit quietly with their eyes closed and think about the costs.
▪ I sat quietly and listened to their exchange.
▪ But one evening - a full hour before her usual meal - I sat quietly in the armchair, reading.
▪ So they could sit quietly adding block after block to various buildings they were constructing.
▪ There was only one exception, a very elderly male who sat quietly and hardly moved.
▪ She sat quietly on the steel chair, looking sad.
still
▪ In fact, Mr Murdoch could not sit still.
▪ She sat still, placid and waiting, until he was clear up the steps.
▪ His two visitors had sat still, waiting patiently until the coughing subsided.
▪ The enemy, aware of the strength of his position, simply sat still and waited for us.
▪ I sat still, sipping slowly and thinking hard.
▪ I had the sense that it was difficult for him to sit still.
▪ Maxim did nothing except sit still and watch as Agnes had told him to.
there
▪ She sat there, mouth open.
▪ Let it sit there a while.
▪ My three daughters sat there waiting for me.
▪ She sat there till she died.
▪ Roland had once asked her if he could help in the garden, in exchange for the right to sit there sometimes.
▪ She just sat there, silently.
▪ As I sat there, the china spewed forth from the open door and cascaded down the ready-made ramp into my lap.
▪ So it just sits there with the layer of dust on its monitor getting thicker all the time.
up
▪ I sat up at the counter and ordered Scotch on the rocks.
▪ And although the bebop classics give her the most vocal trouble, she nevertheless makes you sit up and take notice.
▪ During the study the subject was allowed to sit up, or walk around briefly if they wished every 60 minutes.
▪ After a bit they sat up and watched the welcome breeze work like an animal through the silver-green barley.
▪ Yet when another child is attacked, they sit up and take notice.
▪ Increase the work-load by holding a weight against your chest as you sit up.
▪ Or ... Maggie sat up in bed.
▪ Amy sat up and put her mug down on the table and swung her feet to the floor.
■ NOUN
bed
▪ I sat on the bed for a few moments, recovering.
▪ She nodded and sat on the bed a moment, staring at him.
▪ She had sat up in bed and was shouting like a mad-woman.
▪ And at that moment Ed sat up in the bed, looking straight ahead, a tear rolling down his cheek.
▪ Philippa sat cross-legged beside the bed, as if meditating on the carpet.
▪ They sat on the bed cross-legged and looked straight at each other.
▪ Then she sat on the bed next to Sarah.
▪ I sat on the bed and thought.
bench
▪ Those who sit on the Treasury Bench make claims about average net income increases.
▪ Grunt Six and the other captain sat on the bench seat facing forward.
▪ The captain invited us brusquely to sit on a bench before the table and hurried out of a side door.
▪ We crossed Main Street and went into a little park, sat on a wooden bench under a huge scraggly tree.
▪ I sat down on the bench and leaned back against the wall.
▪ I just sat on the park bench and watched him dragging that potbelly around.
▪ At the police station Rita sat on a wooden bench and answered questions.
▪ They made an appointment and while walking toward the building, stopped to sit on a bench.
chair
▪ He longed to know which chair she sat in, what space she occupied.
▪ Marge felt herself sinking into the chair she sat in.
▪ When I fall asleep in my chair he always sits on my lap.
▪ He went to his chair and sat down.
▪ After she seated herself at our table, other writers came by and, pulling chairs over, sat down.
▪ The red chair where I sit has a long seat, comfortable for a tall person.
▪ When chairs sit in the middle of a space, the back might be the first part you see.
desk
▪ The long black beads at her waist rattled against the desk as she sat in the chair next to his.
▪ Emily moved to the desk and sat down, spreading the pages of figures out before her.
▪ He went behind the desk and sat down.
▪ At a desk before the window sat a pale man in a dark suit.
▪ He returned to his desk and sat down.
▪ On the other side of each desk, the applicant sits in a large, heavily padded, executive-type swivel chair.
edge
▪ She sat on the edge of her bed for a few minutes, digging dirt from under her nails.
▪ De Nesle sat down on the edge of the desk and picked up the coffee cup.
▪ I rested for a few minutes, then sat on the edge of the bed and looked around.
▪ The small village, no more than 20 wooden and canvas shacks, sat on the edge of a coastal inlet.
▪ Young Paul Collins sat on the edge of a chair in my office in Ada, Michigan.
▪ He went over and sat on the edge of the bed.
fire
▪ To sit by fires and watch the moon rise.
▪ Pregnant every year including the year she sat by the fire telling him she was going to run.
▪ As he sat by the fire softening potatoes between his gums, he felt pleased with himself.
▪ We retire into the cabin to eat by candlelight, then come back out to sit around the fire and talk.
▪ He told us to sit by the fire.
▪ When l joined him there, we sat out by the fire and I pestered him for the story.
▪ Sir George drew the curtains, and motioned Roland and Maud to sit down by the fire, in the velvet chairs.
▪ He sat in front of the fire and found his place.
floor
▪ Robyn sat on the floor by the fire, with her plate on her lap, and tucked in.
▪ Then he sat down on the floor beside her and smoked his pipe.
▪ They did not sit on the floor.
▪ He turned off the cold water, picked up the razor blade and sat on the floor next to the tub.
▪ She continued to sit limply on the floor.
▪ He sat cross-legged on the floor scanning titles for hours.
▪ The student sits on the floor and opens his legs in front of him, pushing his body weight forward as far as it will go.
▪ His boss sat on the forty-first floor and was still basking in the reflected glory of his minion.
kitchen
▪ Now he sat at the kitchen table with the worm-cake before him and the taste of nausea already on his tongue.
▪ All week-end long, it sat on the kitchen table staring at him like a cold watery eye.
▪ He sits in the kitchen all that time.
▪ Then Beatrice and Mike Tonelli and I sit at the kitchen table.
▪ He sat down at the kitchen table and picked up the hacksaw.
▪ Afterward I sat in the kitchen with her over a cup of coffee.
▪ She spooned four heaped spoonfuls of sugar into it and some condensed milk and sat at the kitchen table.
▪ Norma sat silently in the kitchen of their home, drinking coffee and trying to calm her nerves.
room
▪ It opened straight on to her living room, and I sat down before she could change her mind.
▪ In the living room, I sit, feet up, huddled in a rocking chair.
▪ When she went into the rest room she sat down for a minute while waiting for Peggy to come out of the lavatory.
▪ Then, staggering under the weight, she carried her suitcases into the waiting room and sat down beside Ollie.
▪ In the next room Dinah sits at her window praying.
seat
▪ Compare the statement that he sat in a seat iii the circle.
▪ Grunt Six and the other captain sat on the bench seat facing forward.
▪ The chief innovation however, were the 32 passengers who sat along wooden seats at each side.
▪ I sat in the right seat with my hands and feet near the controls, waiting, tense, scared.
▪ She sat back in the seat as she racked her brain before coming to just one conclusion: Harry Martin.
▪ Sarah sat up in her seat.
▪ Juliet sat rigidly in her seat.
▪ Williams just sat in his seat behind him, glaring.
side
▪ Personal Bankers sit on your side of the counter so they are easy to talk to.
▪ He looked at both of them as they sat side to side across from him, fingers interlocked.
▪ The person who sat at the side of the Secretary of State was the regional officer from Leeds.
▪ Acutes: sit on your side of the day room and wait for cards and Monopoly games to be brought out.
▪ Two grey-haired ladies sat either side of a fire eating green soup from wide dishes on their knees.
▪ Master Yehudi sat by my side throughout this ordeal.
▪ Victor sat on her other side.
▪ Chromes: sit on your side and puzzles from the Red Cross box.
silence
▪ So they sat in tense silence together, reading.
▪ After Olivia Davenport left, he sat in silence, staring at the door.
▪ Enigmatically, Boon sits in silence for a while.
▪ They sat in silence for a while.
▪ They sat in silence, eating, drinking, two amiable and contented men.
▪ We sat suddenly swamped by silence, intense and enveloping.
▪ We sat in silence as the trap entered the estate grounds.
table
▪ The waitress pushed two tables together and we sat down and studied the menus.
▪ Sometimes children must wait for an empty chair at the milk table before they can sit down.
▪ They never put their elbows on the table, and they sat up straight instead of slouching.
▪ The table he sat at was circular and made of pine or what Hilbert and Adam's father had called deal.
▪ They groped their way to a plastic table and sat facing the swaying shadows at the bar.
▪ Ben went slowly to the big table and sat down.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
at/in one sitting
▪ Jeff ate a whole bag of potato chips in one sitting.
▪ As in my landscapes, I work quickly and the portrait has to be completed in one sitting.
▪ At other times the sessions are intended to serve the need of teachers of five of six languages at one sitting.
▪ But if you get a copy, save it for when you can read it at one sitting.
▪ I devoured it all almost at one sitting, reading it until my eyes closed.
▪ I read it in one sitting and lay awake that night disturbed by its power and frightened by its implication.
▪ It is an interesting book to dip into, but it can not be read at one sitting.
be (sitting) in the catbird seat
be sitting on a goldmine
be/lie/sit sprawled (out)
▪ He was lying sprawled across the pillow leaning on his elbow, his head propped to one side, reading the letter.
▪ His rear gunner lay sprawled dead in the back.
▪ The next thing she knew, she was lying sprawled across the pavement.
▪ The observer lay sprawled across his gun, his blond hair streaming romantically in the wind.
▪ We may see a road accident but we shall never be sprawled out on the tarmacadam like that.
rest/sit on your laurels
▪ But there is no room for resting on our laurels.
▪ But this generous accolade does not mean that we are resting on our laurels.
▪ Little time was granted to Lee and his men for resting on their laurels.
▪ Motorola has long been a leader in that as well, and it has never stopped to rest on its laurels.
▪ That is the only time when you can rest on your laurels.
▪ The religious authorities, who were very active during the nationalist struggle, rested on their laurels after independence.
▪ This evolution of Diamond Rio signals that the group is not ready to rest on its laurels -- at least not voluntarily.
▪ You can never rest on your laurels.
ride/sit side-saddle
sit/be on the fence
▪ He is the obvious choice for those who wish to sit on the fence.
▪ If the encyclopaedia has a weakness it is that it sits on the fence on controversial issues.
sit/lie/lean back
▪ Craig sighed and leaned back in his chair.
▪ But no one can sit back in investment clubs and just listen.
▪ He must generate all his own internal discipline against the possible inclination to lie back and enjoy his good fortune.
▪ He sat back on his heels, sorrowfully examining the ruined glove.
▪ He walked without hesitation to the very front row, sat down and lay back, gazing up at the screen.
▪ She heard him returning just as she sat back to admire her handiwork.
▪ Then she lay back on her pillow and they looked at each other as if it was for the first time.
▪ We started to sit back because we were up on the No. 1 team in the nation.
▪ Whatever some think, we don't sit back.
sit/stand bolt upright
▪ We found her sitting bolt upright in bed with all the lights on.
▪ He sat bolt upright and kept his eyes on the table in front of him.
▪ Hotspur sat bolt upright in the saddle, his eyes narrowed on the hurtling horsemen, and never moved a hand.
▪ I walked across her line of vision and she sat bolt upright in annoyance.
▪ She sat bolt upright in the back seat during the hour long journey, some of which was on a motorway.
▪ She sat bolt upright, aches and pains quite forgotten.
▪ She sat bolt upright; her features were strong, her manna forthright, even aggressive.
▪ Suddenly I sit bolt upright, feeling a familiar stab of panic that can mean only one thing: the videos!
▪ Suddenly, Urquhart stood bolt upright, not twenty yards in front of the deer which froze in confusion.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A woman in a huge hat came and sat right in front of us.
▪ After a few days, he was finally allowed to sit up in bed.
▪ An grey-haired woman was sitting at the reception desk.
▪ Billy sat on the edge of the desk, swinging his legs.
▪ Come and sit next to me -- I haven't seen you for ages.
▪ Come and sit on Mommy's knee.
▪ Do you want to sit next to Brian?
▪ He sat down right beside me.
▪ I sat my final exams last year.
▪ I saw a man with grey hair sitting in the car next to Jean.
▪ I wish you children would sit still for 10 minutes.
▪ Is it okay if I sit here?
▪ It's so hot in here. Shall we go and sit by the window?
▪ Jeff's dog sat next to his chair as we talked.
▪ Let's go sit outside.
▪ The Court of Appeals sits in San Francisco.
▪ We all used to sit around the kitchen table, smoking and chatting.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Claude and Ruth were talking quietly with Pat, who sat cross-legged on the sofa.
▪ He sat thinking how he was stuck with her, how there was no privacy in this house for emergency situations.
▪ He came over to me, picked up the piece of paper before me, and sat back down on the bed.
▪ Peter would have liked to sit next to Kate but he had lacked the necessary social agility to secure the centre position.
▪ Riker and I and Reacher and the gunner sat around the Huey and ate lunch.
▪ Taking the book to the chair by the fire, Alexandra sat down with it in her hand.
▪ The cistern of the close-coupled design sits on top of the pan and is connected directly to it.
▪ The power struggle went on for about a minute, then the Archon sat down.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sit

Sit \Sit\, obs. 3d pers. sing. pres. of Sit, for sitteth.

Sit

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.]

  1. 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.
    --Shak.

  2. To perch; to rest with the feet drawn up, as birds do on a branch, pole, etc.

  3. 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.
    --Shak.

  4. 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.
    --Jer. Taylor.

  5. 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.
    --Shak.

  6. To suit one well or ill, as an act; to become; to befit; -- used impersonally. [Obs.]
    --Chaucer.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.
    --Selden.

    Sits the wind in that quarter?
    --Sir W. Scott.

  9. To occupy a place or seat as a member of an official body; as, to sit in Congress.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    1. To place one's self on a chair or other seat; as, to sit down when tired.

    2. To begin a siege; as, the enemy sat down before the town.

    3. To settle; to fix a permanent abode.
      --Spenser.

    4. 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.

      1. To be without engagement or employment. [Obs.]
        --Bp. Sanderson.

      2. To outstay.

        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 \Sit\, v. t.

  1. To sit upon; to keep one's seat upon; as, he sits a horse well.

    Hardly the muse can sit the headstrong horse.
    --Prior.

  2. To cause to be seated or in a sitting posture; to furnish a seat to; -- used reflexively.

    They sat them down to weep.
    --Milton.

    Sit you down, father; rest you.
    --Shak.

  3. To suit (well or ill); to become. [Obs. or R.]

Wiktionary

sit

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

sit

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.

WordNet

sit

  1. v. be seated [syn: sit down] [ant: stand, lie]

  2. sit around, often unused; "The object sat in the corner"

  3. take a seat [syn: sit down] [ant: arise]

  4. be in session; "When does the court of law sit?"

  5. assume a posture as for artistic purposes; "We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often" [syn: model, pose, posture]

  6. 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]

  7. work or act as a baby-sitter; "I cannot baby-sit tonight; I have too much homework to do" [syn: baby-sit]

  8. show to a seat; assign a seat for; "The host seated me next to Mrs. Smith" [syn: seat, sit down]

  9. [also: sitting, sat]

Wikipedia

SIT

SIT may refer to:

Sit (island)

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.