verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- chair bed,
- chair car,
- chair lift,
- chair rail,
- chair table
- to begin or open a meeting.
- to preside at a meeting; act as chairperson.
Origin of chair
Examples from the Web for chair
While 19 percent of the House is female, just one woman will get to chair one of its 20 committees.
Still fearful and smarting from the pain, I arrived on time and was led to chair in his office.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I started to squirm in my chair and Jimbo put his hand back on my shoulder to settle me down.
Slouching in her chair she is in defensive mode when describing the age of her latest lover.
At that first meeting, activists elected Nobel laureate Andrei Sakharov to be the chair for their society.The Kremlin’s Plan to Erase Russia’s Memory and Its Conscience|Anna Nemtsova|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hervey, cowering in the chair, thus met with an antagonist against whom he had no armor.The Green Mummy|Fergus Hume
"I'm waiting to hear about those little savages of yours," she said, as Mary greeted her and sank limply down into a chair.Mary Ware in Texas|Annie F. Johnston
She cannot now even walk across the room, nor can she move from one chair to another without great help.Story of My Life, volumes 1-3|Augustus J. C. Hare
I kissed her without speaking, and went back to my chair by Annie's bed.Saxe Holm's Stories|Helen Hunt Jackson
She sat upright in her chair again, with a slight impatient shake of the head.The Book of Susan|Lee Wilson Dodd
Word Origin for chair
early 13c., chaere, from Old French chaiere "chair, seat, throne" (12c.; Modern French chaire "pulpit, throne;" the more modest sense having gone since 16c. with variant form chaise), from Latin cathedra "seat" (see cathedral).
Figurative sense of "authority" was in Middle English, of bishops and professors. Meaning "office of a professor" (1816) is extended from the seat from which a professor lectures (mid-15c.). Meaning "seat of a person presiding at meeting" is from 1640s. As short for electric chair from 1900.
mid-15c., "install in a chair or seat" (implied in chairing), from chair (n.); meaning "preside over" (a meeting, etc.) is attested by 1921. Related: Chaired.
see musical chairs.