siege

Military operation to surround a community. It was a common experience in the ancient world for towns to be surrounded by an enemy and all supplies cut off. The defenders built walls and gates to resist the enemy, and sometimes were successful. Samaria held out against the Assyrians for three years, until 722. The siege against Jerusalem in 701 was lifted and the city remained free until the Babylonian siege of 597 when Nebuchadnezzar attacked it (2 Kgs. 25:1). Some of the Roman siege works against Masada are still visible.

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  • siège — [ sjɛʒ ] n. m. • 1080; lat. pop. °sedicum, de °sedicare, de sedere « être assis » I ♦ 1 ♦ Lieu où se trouve la résidence principale (d une autorité, d une société). Rome est le siège de la papauté. Siège d un tribunal, localité où il tient… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • siege — Siege. s. m. Meuble fait pour s asseoir, comme un fauteüil, une chaise, un tabouret, &c. Siege de bois. siege de drap. siege de tapisserie. siege propre. siege commode. siege pliant. donnez un siege, des sieges. apportez un siege. On dit aussi,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • siege — Siege, m. penac. Tantost signifie une chaire ou autre chose à se seoir, Sedile, Sedes, Et l Espagnol et l Italien disent de mesmes, Una sedia, Un seddio, ou seggio, una silla. Tantost, mais par metaphore, le lieu de la seance, comme le siege d un …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Siege — Siège Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • siege — [ sidʒ ] noun count or uncount 1. ) an attack in which an army surrounds a castle or city in order to prevent the people inside from receiving food and water: The troops prepared to withstand a long siege. break a siege (=to cause a siege to end) …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • siege — [si:dʒ] n [U and C] [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: sege seat, siege , from Vulgar Latin sedicum, from Latin sedere to sit ] 1.) a situation in which an army or the police surround a place and try to gain control of it or force someone to …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Siege — Siege, n. [OE. sege, OF. siege, F. si[ e]ge a seat, a siege; cf. It. seggia, seggio, zedio, a seat, asseggio, assedio, a siege, F. assi[ e]ger to besiege, It. & LL. assediare, L. obsidium a siege, besieging; all ultimately fr. L. sedere to sit.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • siege — [sēj] n. [ME sege < OFr siege, aphetic < * assiege < VL * absedium, for L obsidium, siege, blockade, ambush < obsidere, to besiege < ob , against + sedere, to SIT] 1. the encirclement of a fortified place by an opposing armed force …   English World dictionary

  • siege — ► NOUN 1) a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling those inside to surrender. 2) a similar operation by a police team to compel an armed person to surrender …   English terms dictionary

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