Noah Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language
1. (n.) The sitting of an army around a fortified place to force a surrender; the surrounding or investing of a place by an army, and approaching it by passages and advanced works, which cover the besiegers from the enemy's fire. See Blockade.
2. (n.) A seat; especially, a royal seat; a throne.
3. (n.) Hence, place or situation; seat.
4. (n.) Rank; grade; station; estimation.
5. (n.) Passage of excrements; stool; fecal matter.
6. (n.) Hence, a continued attempt to gain possession.
7. (n.) The floor of a glass-furnace.
8. (n.) A workman's bench.
9. (v. t.) To besiege; to beset.