1. (n.) The sitting of an army around a fortified place to force a surrender\; the surrounding or investing of a place by an army, and approaching it by passages and advanced works, which cover the besiegers from the enemy's fire. See Blockade.

2. (n.) A seat; especially, a royal seat; a throne.

3. (n.) Hence, place or situation; seat.

4. (n.) Rank; grade; station; estimation.

5. (n.) Passage of excrements; stool; fecal matter.

6. (n.) Hence, a continued attempt to gain possession.

7. (n.) The floor of a glass-furnace.

8. (n.) A workman's bench.

9. (v. t.) To besiege; to beset.

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