sit·​ting | \ ˈsi-tiŋ How to pronounce sitting (audio) \

Definition of sitting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the act of one that sits
b : a single occasion of continuous sitting (as for a portrait or meal)
2a : a brooding over eggs for hatching
3 : session a sitting of the legislature



Definition of sitting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : that is setting a sitting hen
2 : occupying a judicial, legislative, or executive seat : being in office
3 : easily hit or played a sitting target
4a : used in or for sitting a sitting position
b : performed while sitting a sitting shot

Examples of sitting in a Sentence

Noun I got through the book in one sitting. He finished the portrait in one sitting. We'll eat at the second sitting. We have reservations for the 5:30 sitting. Adjective a sitting member of Parliament
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Upstairs in the master suite, they'll be treated to a king bed, private sitting area, walk-in closet, and soaking tub. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "This Charleston Hotel's New $19,000 Package Comes With Butler Service, Daily Champagne, and a Stunning Suite," 7 Apr. 2021 Clots form in response to injuries and can also be caused by many illnesses, including cancer and genetic disorders, certain drugs and prolonged sitting or bed rest. New York Times, "Should You Be Concerned About Blood Clots, Bleeding and the AZ-Vaccine?," 16 Mar. 2021 Five of the seven bedrooms have an adjoining play, sitting or office space. oregonlive, "Southeast Portland’s ‘Versailles’ mansion is for sale at $2.85 million," 20 Jan. 2021 That being said, Zied did look absolutely sad and pathetic sitting against a wall in an apartment decorated with a lone shopping cart. Ashley Ray-harris, Vulture, "90 Day Fiancé Recap: Natalie Goes Full Villain," 18 Jan. 2021 Even a medium would have difficulty reading more than a few of these stories in one sitting. Washington Post, "What does the afterlife look like? ‘The Ghost Variations’ offers 100 possibilities," 16 Mar. 2021 The protests, which also took place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart, coincide with the first sitting of Parliament since the allegation against Porter became public in early March. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, "Australians rally at Parliament to demand justice for women," 14 Mar. 2021 The death-defying act featured four acrobats on a wire supporting two on the next tier, with the seventh sitting at the top on a chair. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Carla Wallenda, Surefooted Mainstay of a High-Wire Act, Dies at 85," 8 Mar. 2021 Records show that Vincenti paid Be sheekee $5 for the sitting. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Curators Seek $25,000 to Repair Artworks Damaged in U.S. Capitol Attack," 27 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In Mississippi, where the sitting Republican governor is term-limited, Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood is running against Republican Lt. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "Voters in Kentucky, Mississippi decide whether Trump can sway races for governor," 5 Nov. 2019 With the stalemate, the sitting Republican governor, Morgan G. Bulkeley simply stayed in office for two more years. Gideon Cohn-postar, The Conversation, "Mississippi governor’s race taking place under Jim Crow-era rules after judge refuses to block them," 1 Nov. 2019 For a while, the sitting Republican governor, Matt Bevin, looked eminently deposable. I.k. | Lexington, The Economist, "The election for Kentucky’s governor will be a referendum on Donald Trump," 1 Nov. 2019 Another favorite among our testers, the Deluxe has a wide and broad sitting area that doesn't pinch or press into your hammies, shoulders, or hips. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Super-Portable Camp Chairs," 11 June 2019 Blessed be the person who can fall asleep sitting upright while wrapped in a flimsy layer of polyester blanket that only covers approximately 1/3rd of the length of their legs. Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Travel Kits that Will Actually Help You Sleep on a Plane," 22 Mar. 2018 Outside, the 16,107-square-foot La Villa Contenta has more sitting areas for relaxation, work and watching the tots play. Cara Zimmerman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Brought Her Twins Home to This $400k-per-Month Malibu Estate," 26 June 2017 The pattern of Catalonia supporting a losing side in a war, and paying through the nose for it, continued as right-wing fascist forces under the direction of General Francisco Franco sought to usurp the sitting Republican government in 1936. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Beyond the Headlines, Catalan Culture Has a Long History of Vibrancy and Staying Power," 25 June 2018 Kylie is currently in Paris to celebrate Virgil Abloh’s premiere menswear collection for Louis Vuitton, which debuted yesterday to the likes of Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and more sitting front row. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Wears a Fendi Two-Piece Towel Outfit," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of sitting


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Apr 2021

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“Sitting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sitting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a period of time during which someone sits and does a particular activity
: a period of time when a person poses for a portrait or photograph
: a time when a meal is served to a number of people at the same time



English Language Learners Definition of sitting (Entry 2 of 2)

: currently holding an office
: used in or for sitting
: easily hit


sit·​ting | \ ˈsi-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of sitting

1 : a period during which someone poses for a portrait or photograph
2 : session sense 2 a sitting of the legislature
3 : a time when a meal is served to a number of people There will be two sittings for the dinner.

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