- a flock of herons.
- the station of a heron at prey.
- a seat, especially one used by a person of distinction, as a throne.
- station as to rank or class.
verb (used with object), sieged, sieg·ing.
- sieg heil,
- siegbahn, karl manne georg,
- siege mentality,
- siege perilous,
- siege piece,
Origin of siege
Examples from the Web for siege
The Kurds claimed at least 100 Islamic militants were killed in the two-day battle to lift the siege.Iraqi Kurds Get Their Groove Back, End Siege of Mount Sinjar|Jamie Dettmer|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Steve Garth, who works in Circular Quay, was inside the Cartier jewelry store near the café when the siege began.
The Siege of Boston marked the opening phase of the American Revolution.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site|Justin Jones|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In late August, U.S. airpower and Iranian-backed militias broke the ISIS siege on the town of Amerli.Iran Orders Elite Troops: Lay Off U.S. Forces in Iraq|Eli Lake|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In Iraq, Tehran was our silent partner, working to break an ISIS siege and edging out Maliki.How Iran Could Become Our Shadow Enemy in the Syria ISIS War|Jacob Siegel|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During the siege, the prophet was more than once anxiously consulted by the king as to the issue of the crisis.
The siege of Colchester terminated in a manner no less unfortunate than Hamilton's engagement for the royal cause.
Under the command of Camillus the army hotly pressed the siege.Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)|Charles Morris
Charleston, after a forty days' siege, was forced to surrender.Comic History of the United States|Bill Nye
The story of the siege of Troy and of the great events of Homer's Iliad.Special Method in Primary Reading and Oral Work with Stories|Charles Alexander McMurry
- 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
Word Origin for siege
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.