sitting (plural sittings)
- A period during which one is seated for a specific purpose.
- Due to the sheer volume of guests, we had to have two sittings for the meal.
- The Queen had three sittings for her portrait.
- A legislative session (in the sense of "meeting", not "period").
- The act (of a bird) of incubating eggs.
- A clutch of eggs laid by a brooding bird.
- we have thirty-four chicks from eight sittings of eggs
From Middle English sittinge, sittynge, variant of sittinde, sittende, sittande, from Old English sittende (“sitting”), from Proto-Germanic *sitjandz (“sitting”), present participle of Proto-Germanic *sitjaną (“to sit”), equivalent to sit + -ing. Cognate with West Frisian sittend (“sitting”), Dutch zittend (“sitting”), German sitzend (“sitting”), Swedish sittande (“sitting”), Icelandic sitjandi (“sitting”).
sitting (not comparable)
- Executed from a sitting position.
- Occupying a specific official or legal position; incumbent.
- 2013 June 22, “Engineers of a different kind”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 70:
- Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers. […] Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster. Clever financial ploys are what have made billionaires of the industry’s veterans. “Operational improvement” in a portfolio company has often meant little more than promising colossal bonuses to sitting chief executives if they meet ambitious growth targets. That model is still prevalent today.
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