- a seat, especially for one person, usually having four legs for support and a rest for the back and often having rests for the arms.
- something that serves as a chair or supports like a chair: The two men clasped hands to make a chair for their injured companion.
- a seat of office or authority.
- a position of authority, as of a judge, professor, etc.
- the person occupying a seat of office, especially the chairperson of a meeting: The speaker addressed the chair.
- (in an orchestra) the position of a player, assigned by rank; desk: first clarinet chair.
- the chair, Informal. electric chair.
- sedan chair.
- (in reinforced-concrete construction) a device for maintaining the position of reinforcing rods or strands during the pouring operation.
- a glassmaker's bench having extended arms on which a blowpipe is rolled in shaping glass.
- British Railroads. a metal block for supporting a rail and securing it to a crosstie or the like.
- to place or seat in a chair.
- to install in office.
- to preside over; act as chairperson of: to chair a committee.
- British. to carry (a hero or victor) aloft in triumph.
- to preside over a meeting, committee, etc.
- get the chair, to be sentenced to die in the electric chair.
- take the chair,
- to begin or open a meeting.
- to preside at a meeting; act as chairperson.
Origin of chair
Examples from the Web for chairing
To be sure, the presidential role is entirely ceremonial: chairing meetings, shaking hands.The U.N.’s Next President Is a Gay-Hating Friend of Uganda’s Corrupt Dictator
June 3, 2014
Will the image of Ted Cruz chairing a committee or the Affordable Care Act getting gutted make the left show up?Democrats, You Better Get Angry or You’ll Lose Congress
April 23, 2014
But he certainly did occupy at various times some of its key positions, chairing and serving on critical committees.Herman Cain's Aquila Dealings Undercut His Business-Acumen Claims
November 21, 2011
No sooner had he formally opened the meeting, however, than it became clear he was not chairing it unaided.The Man Who Won't Apologize
October 23, 2011
The chairing took place on the day following the declaration of the poll.
On the contrary, the women saw nothing absurd in drowning him with flowers and the men in "chairing him."The Lincoln Story Book
Henry L. Williams
Now the gatherings have been deprived of some of their most characteristic features; and even the chairing is almost forgotten.Bygone Cumberland and Westmorland
On the 27th the newly-elected members dined with their supporters at the Norfolk Hotel, and the chairing took place on the 28th.
Its chairing of the bards is an ancient ceremony; its gorsedd of bards is probably modern.A Short History of Wales
Owen M. Edwards
- a seat with a back on which one person sits, typically having four legs and often having arms
- an official position of authoritya chair on the board of directors
- the person chairing a debate or meetingthe speaker addressed the chair
- a professorshipthe chair of German
- railways an iron or steel cradle bolted to a sleeper in which the rail sits and is locked in position
- short for sedan chair
- in the chair chairing a debate or meeting
- take the chair to preside as chairman for a meeting, etc
- the chair an informal name for electric chair
- to preside over (a meeting)
- British to carry aloft in a sitting position after a triumph or great achievement
- to provide with a chair of office
- to install in a chair
Word Origin and History for chairing
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.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with chairing
see musical chairs.