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1 : A siege.

2 : To besiege.

3 : To beset or surround with armed forces, for the purpose of compelling to surrender; to lay siege to; to beleaguer; to beset.

4 : of Besiege

5 : The act of besieging, or the state of being besieged.

6 : One who besieges; -- opposed to the besieged.

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1 : Assiege


A siege.

2 : Assiege

v. t.

To besiege.

3 : Besiege

v. t.

To beset or surround with armed forces, for the purpose of compelling to surrender; to lay siege to; to beleaguer; to beset.

4 : Besieged

imp. & p. p.

of Besiege

5 : Besiegement


The act of besieging, or the state of being besieged.

6 : Besieger


One who besieges; -- opposed to the besieged.

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From Wikipedia

Picture of the siege of Rancagua during the Chilean War of Independence

A siege is a military blockade of a city, or fortress, with the intent of conquering by attrition, or a well-prepared assault. This derives from sedere, Latin for "to sit".[1] Siege warfare is a form of constant, low-intensity conflict characterized by one party holding a strong, static, defensive position. Consequently, an opportunity for negotiation between combatants is not uncommon, as proximity and fluctuating advantage can encourage diplomacy.

A siege occurs when an attacker encounters a city or fortress that cannot be easily taken by a quick assault, and which refuses to surrender. Sieges involve surrounding the target to block the provision of supplies and the reinforcement or escape of troops (a tactic known as "investment"[2]). This is typically coupled with attempts to reduce the fortifications by means of siege engines, artillery bombardment, mining (also known as sapping), or the use of deception or treachery to bypass defenses.

Failing a military outcome, sieges can often be decided by starvation, thirst, or disease, which can afflict either the attacker or defender. This form of siege, though, can take many months or even years, depending upon the size of the stores of food the fortified position holds.

The attacking force can circumvallate the besieged place, which is to build a line of earth-works, consisting of a rampart and trench, surrounding it. During the process of circumvallation, the attacking force can be set upon by another force, an ally of the besieged place, due to the lengthy amount of time required to force it to capitulate. A defensive ring of forts outside the ring of circumvallated forts, called contravallation, is also sometimes used to defend the attackers from outside.

Ancient cities in the Middle East show archaeological evidence of having had fortified city walls. During the Warring States era of ancient China, there is both textual and archaeological evidence of prolonged sieges and siege machinery used against the defenders of city walls. Siege machinery was also a tradition of the ancient Greco-Roman world. During the Renaissance and the early modern period, siege warfare dominated the conduct of war in Europe. Leonardo da Vinci gained as much of his renown from the design of fortifications as from his artwork.

Medieval campaigns were generally designed around a succession of sieges. In the Napoleonic era, increasing use of ever more powerful cannon reduced the value of fortifications. In the 20th century, the significance of the classical siege declined. With the advent of mobile warfare, a single fortified stronghold is no longer as decisive as it once was. While traditional sieges do still occur, they are not as common as they once were due to changes in modes of battle, principally the ease by which huge volumes of destructive power can be directed onto a static target. Modern sieges are more commonly the result of smaller hostage, militant, or extreme resisting arrest situations.

  1. ^ Merriam-Webster: siege
  2. ^ Merriam-Webster: invest

From Wiktionary

See also: Siege, siége, siégé, and siège


  • 1 English
    • 1.1 Alternative forms
    • 1.2 Etymology
    • 1.3 Pronunciation
    • 1.4 Noun
      • 1.4.1 Synonyms
      • 1.4.2 Derived terms
      • 1.4.3 Translations
    • 1.5 Verb
      • 1.5.1 Translations
    • 1.6 Anagrams
  • 2 German
    • 2.1 Verb
  • 3 Middle French
    • 3.1 Noun


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Alternative forms[edit]

  • syege (15th - 16th centuries)


From Middle English sege, from Old French sege, siege, seige (modern French siège), from Vulgar Latin *sēdicum, ultimately from Latin sēdēs (seat).


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  • enPR: sēj IPA(key): /siːdʒ/
  • Rhymes: -iːdʒ


siege (plural sieges)

  1. (heading) A seat.
    1. (obsolete) A seat, especially as used by someone of importance or authority.
      • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter ij, in Le Morte Darthur, book V.
        Now Merlyn said kyng Arthur / goo thow and aspye me in al this land l knyghtes whiche ben of most prowesse & worship / within short tyme merlyn had founde suche knyȝtes [] Thenne the Bisshop of Caunterbury was fette and he blessid the syeges with grete Royalte and deuoycyon / and there sette the viij and xx knyghtes in her syeges
      • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen, II.vii:
        To th'vpper part, where was aduaunced hye / A stately siege of soueraigne maiestye; / And thereon sat a woman gorgeous gay [].
    2. (obsolete) An ecclesiastical see.
    3. (obsolete) The place where one has his seat; a home, residence, domain, empire.
    4. The seat of a heron while looking out for prey; a flock of heron.
    5. (obsolete) A toilet seat.
    6. (obsolete) The anus; the rectum.
      • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, III.17:
        Another ground were certain holes or cavities observable about the siege; which being perceived in males, made some conceive there might be also a feminine nature in them.
    7. (obsolete) Excrements, stool, fecal matter.
      • 1610, The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, act 2 scene 2
        Thou art very Trinculo indeed! How cam'st thou / to be the siege of this moon-calf? Can he vent Trinculos?
    8. (obsolete) Rank; grade; station; estimation.
      • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
        I fetch my life and being / From men of royal siege.
    9. (obsolete) The floor of a glass-furnace.
    10. (obsolete) A workman's bench.
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  2. (heading) Military action.
    1. A prolonged military assault or a blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition.
      • 1748, David Hume, Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, Section 3 §5:
        The Peloponnesian war is a proper subject for history, the siege of Athens for an epic poem, and the death of Alcibiades for a tragedy.
    2. (US) A period of struggle or difficulty, especially from illness.
    3. (figuratively) A prolonged assault or attack.
      • 2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, in BBC Sport:
        But once again Hodgson's men found a way to get the result they required and there is a real air of respectability about their campaign even though they had to survive a first-half siege from a Ukraine side desperate for the win they needed to progress.
  3. (obsolete) A place with a toilet seat: an outhouse; a lavatory.


  • (place with a toilet seat): See Thesaurus:bathroom

Derived terms[edit]

  • siegehouse
  • siege tower



siege (third-person singular simple present sieges, present participle sieging, simple past and past participle sieged)

  1. (transitive, uncommon) To assault a blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition; to besiege.
    Synonyms: besiege



  • Geise, Giese




  1. First-person singular present of siegen.
  2. Imperative singular of siegen.
  3. First-person singular subjunctive I of siegen.
  4. Third-person singular subjunctive I of siegen.

Middle French[edit]


siege m (plural sieges)

  1. siege (prolonged military assault or a blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition)
  2. seat (place where one sits)