3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Chair \Chair\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Chaired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Chairing}.]

1. To place in a chair.

2. To carry publicly in a chair in triumph. [Eng.]

3. To function as chairperson of (a meeting, committee, etc.); as, he chaired the meeting. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Chair \Chair\ (ch[^a]r), noun [OE. chaiere, chaere, OF. chaiere, chaere, F. chaire pulpit, fr. L. cathedra chair, armchair, a teacher's or professor's chair, Gr. ? down + ? seat, ? to sit, akin to E. sit. See {Sit}, and cf. {Cathedral}, {chaise}.]

1. A movable single seat with a back.

2. An official seat, as of a chief magistrate or a judge, but esp. that of a professor; hence, the office itself.

The chair of a philosophical school. --Whewell.

A chair of philology. --M. Arnold.

3. The presiding officer of an assembly; a chairman; as, to address the chair.

4. A vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles, or two-wheeled carriage, drawn by one horse; a gig. --Shak.

Think what an equipage thou hast in air, And view with scorn two pages and a chair. --Pope.

5. An iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers.

{Chair days}, days of repose and age.

{To put into the chair}, to elect as president, or as chairman of a meeting. --Macaulay.

{To take the chair}, to assume the position of president, or of chairman of a meeting.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a seat for one person, with a support for the back; "he put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down"

2: the position of professor; "he was awarded an endowed chair in economics" [syn: {professorship}, {chair}]

3: the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization; "address your remarks to the chairperson" [syn: {president}, {chairman}, {chairwoman}, {chair}, {chairperson}]

4: an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person; "the murderer was sentenced to die in the chair" [syn: {electric chair}, {chair}, {death chair}, {hot seat}]

5: a particular seat in an orchestra; "he is second chair violin"


1: act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university; "She chaired the department for many years" [syn: {chair}, {chairman}]

2: preside over; "John moderated the discussion" [syn: {moderate}, {chair}, {lead}]

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