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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chair  \Chair\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  pr  {Chaired};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Chairing}.] 
  1.  To  place  in  a  chair. 
 
  2.  To  carry  publicly  in  a  chair  in  triumph.  [Eng.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chair  \Chair\,  n.  [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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  chair 
  n  1:  a  seat  for  one  person,  with  a  support  for  the  back 
  2:  the  position  of  professor  [syn:  {professorship}] 
  3:  the  officer  who  presides  at  the  meetings  of  an  organization 
  [syn:  {president},  {chairman},  {chairwoman},  {chairperson}] 
  4:  an  instrument  of  death  by  electrocution  that  resembles  a 
  chair  [syn:  {electric  chair},  {death  chair},  {hot  seat}] 
  v  1:  act  or  preside  as  chair,  as  of  an  academic  department  in  a 
  university;  "She  chaired  the  department  for  many  years" 
  [syn:  {chairman}] 
  2:  of  meetings  [syn:  {preside}] 
  3:  preside  over  "John  moderated  the  discussion"  [syn:  {moderate}, 
  {lead}] 




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