Definition: Siege

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  1. seat
    1. (obsolete) A seat, especially as used by someone of importance or authority.
    2. (obsolete) An ecclesiastical see.
    3. (obsolete) The place where one has his seat; a home, residence, domain, empire.
    4. The seat of a heron while looking out for prey; a flock of heron.
    5. (obsolete) A privy or lavatory.
  2. military action
    1. A prolonged military assault or a blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition.
      • 1748. David Hume. Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. Section 3. ยง 5.
        The Peloponnesian war is a proper subject for history, the siege of Athens for an epic poem, and the death of Alcibiades for a tragedy.
    2. Flag of United States United States A period of struggle or difficulty, especially from illness.


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