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sitting

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
References in classic literature ?
Alexey Alexandrovitch walked into the hall where the sitting was held, greeted the members and the president, as usual, and sat down in his place, putting his hand on the papers laid ready before him.
The maid went and found her sitting in front of the barrel, screaming loudly.
Natasha wept, sitting on the blue-striped feather bed and hugging her friend.
WHEN she came out, the sandy whiskered gentleman was sitting on a log reading the newspaper--at least he had it spread out, but he was looking over the top of it.
The night- clerk was there, behind the desk, sitting in the dim light of another tallow candle--just sitting and staring.
It had been made into a separate apartment by a glass partition, and here they found Watson sitting back in a chair, reading The Sportsman.
And an old man was sitting on it--a bent old man with long, snow-white hair and beautiful sad blue eyes.
The door led right into a large kitchen, which was full of smoke from one end to the other: the Duchess was sitting on a three-legged stool in the middle, nursing a baby; the cook was leaning over the fire, stirring a large cauldron which seemed to be full of soup.
I put him down for one of your garrulous fellows who try to lure strangers into talk, but next day, when we found him sitting on the Story-seat itself, I had a longer scrutiny of him.
Yes, Yes," said the Raven, "you may believe it; it is as true as I am sitting here.
But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
But the Raven, sitting lonely on that placid bust, spoke only That one word, as if its soul in that one word he did outpour Nothing farther then he uttered; not a feather then he fluttered-- Till I scarcely more than muttered: "Other friends have flown before-- On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.