Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
Sist (?), n. (Scots Law) A stay or suspension of proceedings; an order for a stay of proceedings.
Sis"ter (?), n. [OE. sister, fr. Icel. systir; also suster, from AS. sweostor, sweoster, swuster, akin to OFries. sweester, suster, LG. s\'81ster, suster, D. zuster, OS. & OHG. swestar, G. schwester, Icel. systir, Sw. syster, Dan. söster, Goth. swistar, Lith. ses, Russ. sestra, Pol. siostra, L. soror, Skr. svasr. &root;298. Cf. Cousin.]
1. A female who has the same parents with another person, or who has one of them only. In the latter case, she is more definitely called a half sister. The correlative of brother.
I am the sister of one Claudio.
2. A woman who is closely allied to, or assocciated with, another person, as in the sdame faith, society, order, or community.
James ii. 15.
3. One of the same kind, or of the same condition; -- generally used adjectively; as, sister fruits.
Sister Block (Naut.), a tackle block having two sheaves, one above the other. -- Sister hooks, a pair of hooks fitted together, the shank of one forming a mousing for the other; -- called also match hook. -- Sister of charity, Sister of mercy. (R. C. Ch.) See under Charity, and Mercy.
Sis"ter, v. t. To be sister to; to resemble closely. [Obs.]
Sis"ter*hood (?), n. [Sister + hood.]
1. The state or relation of being a sister; the office or duty of a sister.
She . . . abhorr'd
Her proper blood, and left to do the part
Of sisterhood, to do that of a wife.
2. A society of sisters; a society of women united in one faith or order; sisters, collectively. A sisterhood of holy nuns."
The fair young flowers . . . a beauteous sisterhood.
Sis"ter*ing, a. Contiguous. [Obs.]
Sis"ter-in-law` (?), n; pl. Sisters-in-law(). The sister of one's husband or wife; also, the wife of one's brother; sometimes, the wife of one's husband's or wife's brother.
Sis"ter*ly, a. Like a sister; becoming a sister, affectionate; as, sisterly kindness; sisterly remorse.
Sis"tine (?), a.[It. sistino.] Of or pertaining to Pope Sixtus.
Sistine chapel, a chapel in the Vatican at Rome, built by Pope Sixtus IV., and decorated with frescoes by Michael Angelo and others.
Sis"tren (?), n. pl. Sisters. [Obs.]
Sis"trum (?), [L., fr. Gr. , from to shake.] (Mus.) An instrument consisting of a thin metal frame, through which passed a number of metal rods, and furnished with a handle by which it was shaken and made to rattle. It was peculiarly Egyptian, and used especially in the worship of Isis. It is still used in Nubia.
Sis`y*phe"an (?), a. Relating to Sisyphus; incessantly recurring; as, Sisyphean labors.
Sis"y*phus (?), n. [L. Sisyphus, Sisyphus, fr. Gr. .] (Class. Myth.) A king of Corinth, son of æolus, famed for his cunning. He was killed by Theseus, and in the lower world was condemned by Pluto to roll to the top of a hill a huge stone, which constantly rolled back again, making his task incessant.
Sit (?), obs. 3d pers. sing. pres. of Sit, for sitteth.
Sit, v. i. [imp. Sat (?) (Sate (?), archaic); p. p. Sat (Sitten (?), obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Sitting.] [OE. sitten, AS. sittan; akin to OS. sittian, OFries. sitta, D. zitten, G. sitzen, OHG. sizzen, Icel. sitja, SW. sitta, Dan. sidde, Goth. sitan, Russ. sidiete, L. sedere, Gr. , Skr. sad. &root;154. Cf. Assess,Assize, Cathedral, Chair, Dissident, Excise, Insidious, Possess, Reside, Sanhedrim, Seance, Seat, n., Sedate, 4th Sell, Siege, Session, Set, v. t., Sizar, Size, Subsidy.]
1. To rest upon the haunches, or the lower extremity of the trunk of the body; -- said of human beings, and sometimes of other animals; as, to sit on a sofa, on a chair, or on the ground.
And he came and took the book put of the right hand of him that sate upon the seat.
Bible (1551) (Rev. v. 7.)
I pray you, jest, sir, as you sit at dinner.
2. To perch; to rest with the feet drawn up, as birds do on a branch, pole, etc.
3. To remain in a state of repose; to rest; to abide; to rest in any position or condition.
And Moses said to . . . the children of Reuben, Shall your brothren go to war, and shall ye sit here?
Num. xxxii. 6.
Like a demigod here sit I in the sky.
4. To lie, rest, or bear; to press or weigh; -- with on; as, a weight or burden sits lightly upon him.
The calamity sits heavy on us.
5. To be adjusted; to fit; as, a coat sts well or ill.
This new and gorgeous garment, majesty,
Sits not so easy on me as you think.
6. To suit one well or ill, as an act; to become; to befit; -- used impersonally. [Obs.]
7. To cover and warm eggs for hatching, as a fowl; to brood; to incubate.
As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not.
Jer. xvii. 11.
8. To have position, as at the point blown from; to hold a relative position; to have direction.
Like a good miller that knows how to grind, which way soever the wind sits.
Sits the wind in that quarter?
Sir W. Scott.
9. To occupy a place or seat as a member of an official body; as, to sit in Congress.
10. To hold a session; to be in session for official business; -- said of legislative assemblies, courts, etc.; as, the court sits in January; the aldermen sit to-night.
11. To take a position for the purpose of having some artistic representation of one's self made, as a picture or a bust; as, to sit to a painter.
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To sit at, to rest under; to be subject to. [Obs.] A farmer can not husband his ground so well if he sit at a great rent". Bacon. -- To sit at meat ∨ at table, to be at table for eating. -- To sit down. (a) To place one's self on a chair or other seat; as, to sit down when tired. (b) To begin a siege; as, the enemy sat down before the town. (c) To settle; to fix a permanent abode. Spenser. (d) To rest; to cease as satisfied. Here we can not sit down, but still proceed in our search." Rogers. -- To sit for a fellowship, to offer one's self for examination with a view to obtaining a fellowship. [Eng. Univ.] -- To sit out. (a) To be without engagement or employment. [Obs.] Bp. Sanderson. (b) To outstay. -- To sit under, to be under the instruction or ministrations of; as, to sit under a preacher; to sit under good preaching. -- To sit up, to rise from, or refrain from, a recumbent posture or from sleep; to sit with the body upright; as, to sit up late at night; also, to watch; as, to sit up with a sick person. He that was dead sat up, and began to speak." Luke vii. 15.
Sit (?), v. t.
1. To sit upon; to keep one's seat upon; as, he sits a horse well.
Hardly the muse can sit the headstrong horse.
2. To cause to be seated or in a sitting posture; to furnish a seat to; -- used reflexively.
They sat them down to weep.
Sit you down, father; rest you.
3. To suit (well ∨ ill); to become. [Obs. or R.]
Site (?), n. [L. situs, fr. sinere, situm, to let, p. p. situs placed, lying, situate: cf. F. site. Cf. Position.]
1. The place where anything is fixed; situation; local position; as, the site of a city or of a house.
2. A place fitted or chosen for any certain permanent use or occupation; as, a site for a church.
3. The posture or position of a thing. [R.]
The semblance of a lover fixed
In melancholy site.
Sit"ed (?), a. Having a site; situated. [Obs.]
[The garden] sited was in fruitful soil.
Sit"fast` (?), a. [Sit + fast.] Fixed; stationary; immovable. [R.]
'T is good, when you have crossed the sea and back,
To find the sitfast acres where you left them.
Sit"fast`, n. (Far.) A callosity with inflamed edges, on the back of a horse, under the saddle.
Sith (?), prep., adv., & conj. [See Since.] Since; afterwards; seeing that. [Obs.]
We need not fear them, sith Christ is with us.
Sith thou art rightful judge.
Sith (?), Sithe (?), n. [AS. a path, way, time, occasion.] Time. [Obs.]
And humbly thanked him a thousand sithes.
Sithe (?), v. i. [Cf. Sigh.] To sigh. [A spelling of a corrupt and provincial pronunciation.]
Sithe (?), n. A scythe. [Obs.]
Sithe, v. t. To cut with a scythe; to scythe. [Obs.]
Sithed (?), a. Scythed. [Obs.]
Sithe"man (?), n. A mower. [Obs.]
Sith"en (?), adv. & conj. [See Since.] Since; afterwards. See 1st Sith. [Obs.]
Fortune was first friend and sithen foe.
Sith"ence, Sith"ens (?), adv. & conj. Since. See Sith, and Sithen. [Obs.]
Sith"then (?), adv. & conj. See Sithen. [Obs.]
Siththen that the world began.
Si*tol"o*gy (?), n. [Gr. food + -logy.] A treatise on the regulation of the diet; dietetics. [Written also sitiology.]
Si`to*pho"bi*a (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. food + fear.] (Med.) A version to food; refusal to take nourishment. [Written also sitiophobia.]
Sit"ten (?), obs. p. p. of Sit, for sat.
Sit"ter (?), n.
1. One who sits; esp., one who sits for a portrait or a bust.
2. A bird that sits or incubates.
Sit"tine (?), a. [NL. sitta the nuthatch, from Gr. .] (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the family Sittidæ, or nuthatches.
Sit"ting (?), a. Being in the state, or the position, of one who, or that which, sits.
1. The state or act of one who sits; the posture of one who occupies a seat.
2. A seat, or the space occupied by or allotted for a person, in a church, theater, etc.; as, the hall has 800 sittings.
3. The act or time of sitting, as to a portrait painter, photographer, etc.
4. 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.
The sitting closed in great agitation.
5. The time during which one sits while doing something, as reading a book, playing a game, etc.
For the understanding of any one of St. Paul's Epistles I read it all through at one sitting.
6. A brooding over eggs for hatching, as by fowls.
The male bird . . . amuses her [the female] with his songs during the whole time of her sitting.
Sitting room, an apartment where the members of a family usually sit, as distinguished from a drawing-room, parlor, chamber, or kitchen.
Situate; 135, Situated
Sit"u*ate (?; 135), Sit"u*a`ted (?), a. [LL. situatus, from situare to place, fr. L. situs situation, site. See Site.]
1. Having a site, situation, or location; being in a relative position; permanently fixed; placed; located; as, a town situated, or situate, on a hill or on the seashore.
2. Placed; residing.
Pleasure situate in hill and dale.
&hand; Situate is now less used than situated, but both are well authorized.
Sit"u*ate (?), v. t. To place. [R.]
Sit`u*a"tion (?), n. [LL. situatio: cf. F. situation.]
1. Manner in which an object is placed; location, esp. as related to something else; position; locality site; as, a house in a pleasant situation.
2. Position, as regards the conditions and circumstances of the case.
A situation of the greatest ease and tranquillity.
3. Relative position; circumstances; temporary state or relation at a moment of action which excites interest, as of persons in a dramatic scene.
There's situation for you! there's an heroic group!
4. Permanent position or employment; place; office; as, a situation in a store; a situation under government.
Syn. -- State; position; seat; site; station; post; place; office; condition; case; plight. See State.
Si"tus (?), n. [L., situation.] (Bot.) The method in which the parts of a plant are arranged; also, the position of the parts.
Sitz" bath` (?). [G. sitzbad.] A tub in which one bathes in a sitting posture; also, a bath so taken; a hip bath.
Si"va (?), n. [Skr. Civa, properly, kind, gracious.] (Hindoo Myth.) One of the triad of Hindoo gods. He is the avenger or destroyer, and in modern worship symbolizes the reproductive power of nature.
Si"van (?), n. [Heb. sīvān.] The third month of the Jewish ecclesiastical year; -- supposed to correspond nearly with our month of June.
Siv`a*the"ri*um (?), n. [NL., from E. Siva + Gr. a beast, an animal.] (Paleon.) A genus of very large extinct ruminants found in the Tertiary formation of India. The snout was prolonged in the form of a proboscis. The male had four horns, the posterior pair being large and branched. It was allied to the antelopes, but very much larger than any exsisting species.
Siv"er (?), v. i. To simmer. [Obs.]
Siv"vens (), n. (Med.) See Sibbens.
Si"win (?), n. (Zoöl.) Same as Sewen.
Six (?), a. [AS. six, seox, siex; akin to OFries. sex, D. zes, OS. & OHG. sehs, G. sechs, Icel., Sw., & Dan. sex, Goth. sa\'a1hs, Lith. szeszi, Russ. sheste, Gael. & Ir. se, W. chwech, L. sex, Gr. , Per. shesh, Skr. shash. &root;304. Cf. Hexagon, Hexameter, Samite, Senary, Sextant, Sice.] One more than five; twice three; as, six yards.
Six Nations (Ethnol.), a confederation of North American Indians formed by the union of the Tuscaroras and the Five Nations. -- Six points circle. (Geom.) See Nine points circle, under Nine.
1. The number greater by a unit than five; the sum of three and three; six units or objects.
2. A symbol representing six units, as 6, vi., or VI.
To be at six and seven ∨ at sixes and sevens, to be in disorder. Bacon. Shak. Swift.
Six"fold` (?), a. [AS. sixfealand.] Six times repeated; six times as much or as many.
Six"-foot`er (?), n. One who is six feet tall. [Colloq. U.S.]
Six"pence (?), n.; pl. Sixpences (). An English silver coin of the value of six pennies; half a shilling, or about twelve cents.
Six"pen`ny (?), a. Of the value of, or costing, sixpence; as, a sixpenny loaf.
Six"score` (?), a. & n. [Six + score, n.] Six times twenty; one hundred and twenty.
Six"-shoot`er (?), n. A pistol or other firearm which can be fired six times without reloading especially, a six-chambered revolver. [Colloq. U.S.]
Six"teen` (?), a. [AS. sixtne, sixtne. See Six, and Ten, and cf. Sixty.] Six and ten; consisting of six and ten; fifteen and one more.
1. The number greater by a unit than fifteen; the sum of ten and six; sixteen units or objects.
2. A symbol representing sixteen units, as 16, or xvi.
Six*teen"mo (?), n.; pl. Sixteenmos (). See Sextodecimo.
Six"teenth` (?), a. [From Sixteen: cf. AS. sixteóa.]
1. Sixth after the tenth; next in order after the fifteenth.
2. Constituting or being one of sixteen equal parts into which anything is divided.
Sixteenth note (Mus.), the sixteenth part of a whole note; a semiquaver.
1. The quotient of a unit divided by sixteen; one of sixteen equal parts of one whole.
2. The next in order after the fifteenth; the sixth after the tenth.
3. (Mus.) An interval comprising two octaves and a second.
Moore (Encyc. of Music.)
Sixth (?), a. [From Six: cf. AS. sixta, siexta.]
1. First after the fifth; next in order after the fifth.
2. Constituting or being one of six equal parts into which anything is divided.