1. A seat; especially, a royal seat; a throne. Upon the very siege of justice. A stately siege of sovereign majesty, And thereon sat a woman gorgeous gay. (Spenser) In our great hall there stood a vacant chair . . . And merlin called it The siege perilous.' (Tennyson)
5. The sitting of an army around or before a fortified place for the purpose of compelling the garrison to surrender; the surrounding or investing of a place by an army, and approaching it by passages and advanced works, which cover the besiegers from the enemy's fire. See the note under blockade.
Origin: OE. Sege, OF. Siege, F. Siege a seat, a siege; cf. It. Seggia, seggio, zedio, a seat, asseggio, assedio, a siege, F. Assieger to besiege, It. & LL. Assediare, L. Obsidium a siege, besieging; all ultimately fr. L. Sedere to sit. See Sit, and cf. See.