Definition of sitting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsidiNG/


1A continuous period of being seated, especially when engaged in a particular activity: the whole roast was eaten at one sitting
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  • The more calories you eat in a sitting, the more likely you are to store them as body fat.
  • He eats around 10 pounds at a sitting at least three times a week before a big match, increasing the volume each time.
  • Laser facials require eight sittings at intervals of two weeks.
1.1A period of time spent as a model for an artist or photographer.
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  • Blanch was his stand-in model between sittings with his portrait subjects, including the queen.
  • During the first few sittings, the artist must concentrate on the face and any other physical qualities, such as hands, that need special attention.
  • The portrait was completed in the artist's studio in Suffolk after five sittings in January.
1.2A scheduled period of time when a group of people are served a meal, especially in a restaurant: there will be two sittings for Christmas lunch
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  • The Ritz serves 300 covers a day at four sittings.
  • There were two sittings for dinner in the restaurant and shortly after boarding you were allocated your sitting and your table number which you kept with you throughout the cruise.
  • There were no sittings; passengers came to one of the ship's restaurants when they felt like it, and if a table was available, they took it.
1.3A period of time during which a committee or legislature is engaged in its normal business.
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  • He will be the key player in the meetings of the Conference of the Presidents, which meets monthly to set out the agenda for the sittings of the European Parliament.
  • Today was the fourth time a serving US President has addressed a joint sitting of Parliament.
  • A further rebuke took place during the first sitting of parliament.
1.4British Law A period of time when a court of law holds sessions.
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  • The defendant had been remanded in custody from a sitting of Wexford District Court the previous week.
  • The next available Divisional Court sittings in Brampton is May 31.
  • He was remanded in custody at a special sitting of Cork District Court yesterday, to appear again this morning.
session, meeting, assembly;


1In a seated position.
Example sentences
  • Slowly slide your back down the wall until you are in a sitting position, as though seated on an imaginary chair.
  • The taxi driver sits in his vehicle and watches as the other driver pulls himself out from under his motorbike and raises himself to a sitting position.
  • He refuted the skeptics by proving that a man could still make concert-stage mayhem from a sitting position.
1.1(Of an animal or bird) not running or flying.
2(Of an elected representative) current; present: the resignation of the sitting congressman
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  • Not only will he have to deal with the sitting representative, there are others in his party gunning for the coveted seat and a place in the House.
  • The leader is elected by the sitting members of the relevant party.
  • A number of the current sitting board members have had close associations with Mr Murdoch or his company.
3(Of a hen or other bird) settled on eggs for the purpose of incubating them.
Example sentences
  • If the sitting bird's body does not completely cover the nest, heat may also be lost to the air outside the nest.
  • Nests are hidden in vegetation, each lined with an ample layer of down to cover the eggs when the sitting bird is absent.

Words that rhyme with sitting

fitting, unbefitting, unremitting, witting

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Syllabification: sit·ting

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