What does sitting mean?

Definitions for sitting
ˈsɪt ɪŋsit·ting

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sitting.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sitting, posingnoun

    (photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait)

    "he wanted his portrait painted but couldn't spare time for the sitting"

  2. sittingnoun

    the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position

    "he read the mystery at one sitting"

  3. seance, sitting, sessionnoun

    a meeting of spiritualists

    "the seance was held in the medium's parlor"

  4. sittingadjective

    a session as of a legislature or court

  5. seated, sittingadjective

    (of persons) having the torso erect and legs bent with the body supported on the buttocks

    "the seated Madonna"; "the audience remained seated"

  6. sittingadjective

    not moving and therefore easy to attack

    "a sitting target"


  1. sittingnoun

    a period during which one is seated for a specific purpose

  2. sittingnoun

    a legislative session

  3. sittingnoun

    the act (of a bird) of incubating eggs; the clutch of eggs under a brooding bird

  4. sittingadjective

    executed from a sitting position

  5. sittingadjective

    occupying a specific official or legal position; incumbent

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sittingnoun

    Etymology: from sit.

    Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine up rising. Psal.

    Few good pictures have been finished at one sitting; neither can a good play be produced at a heat. Dryden.

    I’ll write you down;
    The which shall point you forth at every sitting,
    What you must say. William Shakespeare.

    I wish it may be at that sitting concluded, unless the necessity of the time press it. Francis Bacon.

    For the understanding of any one of St. Paul’s epistles, I read it all through at one sitting. John Locke.

    What more than madness reigns,
    When one short sitting many hundred drains,
    And not enough is left him to supply
    Board-wages, or a footman’s livery. Dryden.

    Whilst the hen is covering her eggs, the male bird takes his stand upon a neighbouring bough, and amuses her with his songs during the whole time of her sitting. Addison.


  1. Sitting

    Sitting is a basic action and resting position in which the body weight is supported primarily by the bony ischial tuberosities with the buttocks in contact with the ground or a horizontal surface such as a chair seat, instead of by the lower limbs as in standing, squatting or kneeling. When sitting, the torso is more or less upright, although sometimes it can lean against other objects for a more relaxed posture. Sitting for much of the day may pose significant health risks, with one study suggesting people who sit regularly for prolonged periods may have higher mortality rates than those who do not. The average person sits down for 4.7 hours per day, according to a global review representing 47% of the global adult population.The form of kneeling where the buttocks sit back on the heels, for example as in the Seiza and Vajrasana postures, is also often interpreted as sitting.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sitting

    of Sit

  2. Sittingadjective

    being in the state, or the position, of one who, or that which, sits

  3. Sittingnoun

    the state or act of one who sits; the posture of one who occupies a seat

  4. Sittingnoun

    a seat, or the space occupied by or allotted for a person, in a church, theater, etc.; as, the hall has 800 sittings

  5. Sittingnoun

    the act or time of sitting, as to a portrait painter, photographer, etc

  6. Sittingnoun

    the actual presence or meeting of any body of men in their seats, clothed with authority to transact business; a session; as, a sitting of the judges of the King's Bench, or of a commission

  7. Sittingnoun

    the time during which one sits while doing something, as reading a book, playing a game, etc

  8. Sittingnoun

    a brooding over eggs for hatching, as by fowls


  1. Sitting

    Sitting is a rest position supported by the buttocks or thighs where the torso is more or less upright.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sitting' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1424

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sitting' in Written Corpus Frequency: #707

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sitting in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sitting in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sitting in a Sentence

  1. Bruce Dickinson:

    I met him a long time ago … in Toronto when he and his band came and they were sitting, watching us do a soundcheck, and he came backstage after we finished. And I ’m not exactly the world’s tallest guy. I ’m like 5 ’ 6.

  2. Larry Park:

    There was a point where Ed Ray was like, ‘You got to know when to kick the bucket.’ But who kept going? Who said, ‘No, we're not kicking the bucket. We're going to get out of here.’ You know who said that? I don't know. Maybe the guy sitting beside me.

  3. Attorney General William Barr:

    Today, the Department filed aStatement of Interestin support of a church in Mississippi that allegedly sought to hold parking lot worship services, in which congregants listened to their pastor preach over their car radios, while sitting in their cars in the church parking lot with their windows rolled up, the City of Greenville fined congregants $ 500 per person for attending these parking lot services while permitting citizens to attend nearby drive-in restaurants, even with their windows open.

  4. Joseph Hammond:

    Sometimes when I am in my sitting room, it comes before me, when we were crossing the river, fighting, it's printed on my memory like a video film, anybody that goes to war, everyone must have respect for that person. It is not child's play.

  5. Don Sadoway:

    Two hours later I was sitting up, talking to my kids.

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