- the act or process of surrounding and attacking a fortified place in such a way as to isolate it from help and supplies, for the purpose of lessening the resistance of the defenders and thereby making capture possible.
- any prolonged or persistent effort to overcome resistance.
- a series of illnesses, troubles, or annoyances besetting a person or group: a siege of head colds.
- a prolonged period of trouble or annoyance.
- Also sedge. Ornithology.
- a flock of herons.
- the station of a heron at prey.
- the shelf or floor of a glassmaking furnace on which the glass pots are set.
- a seat, especially one used by a person of distinction, as a throne.
- station as to rank or class.
- to assail or assault; besiege.
- lay siege to, to besiege: The army laid siege to the city for over a month.
Origin of siege
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for sieged
We're sieged in by planes and ground forces of Savannah Fortress.The Night of the Long Knives
Fritz Reuter Leiber
- the offensive operations carried out to capture a fortified place by surrounding it, severing its communications and supply lines, and deploying weapons against it
- (as modifier)siege warfare
- a persistent attempt to gain something
- a long tedious period, as of illness, etc
- obsolete a seat or throne
- lay siege to to besiege
- (tr) to besiege or assail
Word Origin and History for sieged
early 13c., "a seat" (as in Siege Perilous, early 13c., the vacant seat at Arthur's Round Table, according to prophecy to be occupied safely only by the knight destined to find the Holy Grail), from Old French sege "seat, throne," from Vulgar Latin *sedicum "seat," from Latin sedere "sit" (see sedentary). The military sense is attested from c.1300; the notion is of an army "sitting down" before a fortress.