Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Wikipedia.
1. the act or period of posing for one's portrait to be painted, carved, etc.
2. a meeting, esp of an official body, to conduct business
3. the incubation period of a bird's eggs during which the mother sits on them to keep them warm
4. Politics, Law in office
5. (of a hen) brooding eggs
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005