siege

siegeable, adj.
/seej/, n., v., sieged, sieging.
n.
1. the act or process of surrounding and attacking a fortified place in such a way as to isolate it from help and supplies, for the purpose of lessening the resistance of the defenders and thereby making capture possible.
2. any prolonged or persistent effort to overcome resistance.
3. a series of illnesses, troubles, or annoyances besetting a person or group: a siege of head colds.
4. a prolonged period of trouble or annoyance.
5. Also, sedge. Ornith.
a. a flock of herons.
b. the station of a heron at prey.
6. the shelf or floor of a glassmaking furnace on which the glass pots are set.
7. Obs.
a. a seat, esp. one used by a person of distinction, as a throne.
b. station as to rank or class.
8. lay siege to, to besiege: The army laid siege to the city for over a month.
v.t.
9. to assail or assault; besiege.
[1175-1225; (n.) ME sege < OF: seat, n. deriv. of siegier < VL *sedicare to set, deriv. of L sedere to SIT1; (v.) ME segen, deriv. of the n.]
Syn. 1. SIEGE, BLOCKADE are terms for prevention of free movement to or from a place during wartime. SIEGE implies surrounding a city and cutting off its communications, and usually includes direct assaults on its defenses. BLOCKADE is applied more often to naval operations that block all commerce, especially to cut off food and other supplies from defenders.

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(as used in expressions)
Leningrad Siege of
Mafikeng Siege of
Toulon Siege of
Vienna Siege of
Yorktown Siege of
Zara Siege of

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