Definition of Chair

1. Noun. 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. Verb. Act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university. "She chaired the department for many years"
Exact synonyms: Chairman
Generic synonyms: Head, Lead
Derivative terms: Chairman

3. Noun. The position of professor. "He was awarded an endowed chair in economics"
Exact synonyms: Professorship
Generic synonyms: Berth, Billet, Office, Place, Position, Post, Situation, Spot
Derivative terms: Professor

4. Verb. Preside over. "Sam and Sue chair"; "John moderated the discussion"
Exact synonyms: Lead, Moderate
Generic synonyms: Discuss, Hash Out, Talk Over
Derivative terms: Lead, Moderator

5. Noun. The officer who presides at the meetings of an organization. "Address your remarks to the chairperson"

6. Noun. An instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person. "The murderer was sentenced to die in the chair"
Exact synonyms: Death Chair, Electric Chair, Hot Seat
Generic synonyms: Instrument Of Execution

7. Noun. A particular seat in an orchestra. "He is second chair violin"
Generic synonyms: Seat

Definition of Chair

1. n. A movable single seat with a back.

2. v. t. To place in a chair.

Definition of Chair

1. Noun. An item of furniture used to sit on or in comprising a seat, legs, back, and sometimes arm rests, for use by one person. Compare stool, couch, sofa, settee, loveseat and bench. ¹

2. Noun. Chairperson. ¹

3. Noun. (music) The seating position of a particular musician in an orchestra. ¹

4. Noun. (rail transport) Blocks that support and hold railroad track in position, and similar devices. ¹

5. Noun. (chemistry) One of two possible conformers of cyclohexane rings (the other being boat), shaped roughly like a chair. ¹

6. Noun. (slang with ''the'') The electric chair. ¹

7. Noun. A professorship at a university ¹

8. Verb. To act as chairperson. ¹

9. Verb. To carry someone in a seated position upon one's shoulders, especially in celebration or victory ¹

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Definition of Chair

1. to install in office [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Chair

chainsaw consultant
chair (current term)
chair car
chair conformation
chair form
chair lift
chair mat
chair mats
chair plug
chair rail

Literary usage of Chair

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1889)
"Ultimately he agreed to accept a chair of natural science which Dr. Chalmers ... His appointment to this chair in 1845 enabled him to devote his whole heart ..."

2. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1839)
"Crimson with fury, Oliver started up, overthrew chair and table, seized Noah by the throat, shook him in the violence of his rage till his teeth chattered ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"Vice-Président Scott in the chair. The Rounded Sands of Paleozoic Formations: GILBERT VAN INGEN, Princeton, NJ Certain sandstones and dolomites of Paleozoic ..."

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