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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Session  \Ses"sion\,  n.  [L.  sessio,  fr  sedere,  sessum,  to  sit: 
  cf  F.  session.  See  {Sit}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  sitting,  or  the  state  of  being  seated. 
  [Archaic] 
 
  So  much  his  ascension  into  heaven  and  his  session  at 
  the  right  hand  of  God  do  import.  --Hooker. 
 
  But  Viven,  gathering  somewhat  of  his  mood,  .  .  . 
  Leaped  from  her  session  on  his  lap,  and  stood. 
  --Tennyson. 
 
  2.  The  actual  sitting  of  a  court,  council,  legislature,  etc., 
  or  the  actual  assembly  of  the  members  of  such  a  body,  for 
  the  transaction  of  business. 
 
  It's  fit  this  royal  session  do  proceed.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Hence  also  the  time,  period,  or  term  during  which  a 
  court,  council,  legislature,  etc.,  meets  daily  for 
  business;  or  the  space  of  time  between  the  first  meeting 
  and  the  prorogation  or  adjournment;  thus  a  session  of 
  Parliaments  is  opened  with  a  speech  from  the  throne,  and 
  closed  by  prorogation.  The  session  of  a  judicial  court  is 
  called  a  term. 
 
  It  was  resolved  that  the  convocation  should  meet  at 
  the  beginning  of  the  next  session  of  Parliament. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  Note:  Sessions,  in  some  of  the  States,  is  particularly  used 
  as  a  title  for  a  court  of  justices,  held  for  granting 
  licenses  to  innkeepers,  etc.,  and  for  laying  out 
  highways,  and  the  like  it  is  also  the  title  of  several 
  courts  of  criminal  jurisdiction  in  England  and  the 
  United  States. 
 
  {Church  session},  the  lowest  court  in  the  Presbyterian 
  Church,  composed  of  the  pastor  and  a  body  of  elders 
  elected  by  the  members  of  a  particular  church,  and  having 
  the  care  of  matters  pertaining  to  the  religious  interests 
  of  that  church,  as  the  admission  and  dismission  of 
  members,  discipline,  etc 
 
  {Court  of  Session},  the  supreme  civil  court  of  Scotland. 
 
  {Quarter  sessions}.  (Eng.Law)  See  under  {Quarter}. 
 
  {Sessions  of  the  peace},  sittings  held  by  justices  of  the 
  peace.  [Eng.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  session 
  n  1:  a  meeting  for  execution  of  a  group's  functions;  "it  was  the 
  opening  session  of  the  legislature" 
  2:  the  time  during  which  a  school  holds  classes;  "they  had  to 
  shorten  the  school  term"  [syn:  {school  term},  {academic 
  term}] 
  3:  a  meeting  devoted  to  a  particular  activity;  "a  filming 
  session";  "a  gossip  session" 
  4:  a  meeting  of  spiritualists;  "the  seance  was  held  in  the 
  medium's  parlor"  [syn:  {seance},  {sitting}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  session 
 
    1.  A  lasting  connection  between  a  user  (or  user 
  agent)  and  a  {peer},  typically  a  {server},  usually  involving 
  the  exchange  of  many  packets  between  the  user's  computer  and 
  the  server.  A  session  is  typically  implemented  as  a  layer  in 
  a  network  {protocol}  (e.g.  {telnet},  {FTP}). 
 
  In  the  case  of  protocols  where  there  is  no  concept  of  a 
  session  layer  (e.g.  {UDP})  or  where  sessions  at  the  {session 
  layer}  are  generally  very  short-lived  (e.g.  {HTTP}),  {virtual} 
  sessions  are  implemented  by  having  each  exchange  between  the 
  user  and  the  remote  host  include  some  form  of  {cookie}  which 
  stores  state  (e.g.  a  unique  session  ID  information  about  the 
  user's  preferences  or  authorisation  level,  etc.). 
 
  See  also  {login}. 
 
  2.  A  lasting  connection  using  the  {session  layer}  of  a 
  networking  protocol. 
 
  (1997-08-03) 
 
 




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