A seat; especially, a royal seat; a throne.
Hence, place or situation; seat.
The sitting of an army around or before a fortified place for the purpose of compelling the garrison to 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 the Note under Blockade.
To besiege; to beset.
The military tactic that involves the surrounding and isolation of a castle, town or army by another army until the trapped forces are starved into surrender. (MEDIEV-L. Medieval Terms) Related terms: Castle
All of the operations carried out to take a stronghold
the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack
a military tactic which basically involves breaking through physical barriers protecting a city or castle
an attempt to keep the enemy from getting new supplies while making him consume his current ones (men, material)
Military tactic that involved the surrounding and isolation of a castle, town or army by another army until the trapped forces were starved or frightened into surrender. Hemyock Castle was besieged and captured by the Royalist forces in 1644, during the Civil War. In 1373, while Sir William Asthorpe was Keeper of the Channel Islands, Mont Orgueil (then known as Gurri or Gorey Castle) was besieged by a large French force led by In 1373, Bertrand du Guesclin, Constable of France, (also called "The Sword of France") and Duc du Bourbon.
Blocking the supply lines and escape routes of a city to force it to surrender. A siege usually meant one army trapped in a city, slowly running out of food and fresh water, with the opposing army camped outside.
To mount an extended assault on a mountain by moving laboriously upward through a series of progressively higher camps. Siege tactics include the use of oxygen, previously cached equipment dumps, and high-altitude porters to do the heavy lifting.
Enemy attack on a fort or stronghold, surrounding it and cutting off supplies. Britain felt it was under siege in 1940, when Germany had occupied most of Western Europe and was bombing towns and cities and destroying ships at sea. See also island fortress
A siege is a military blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition, often accompanied by an assault. The term derives from the Latin word for "seat" or "sitting."http://m-w.com/dictionary/siege Merriam-Webster: siege A siege occurs when an attacker encounters a city or fortress that refuses to surrender and cannot be easily taken by a frontal assault. Sieges involve surrounding the target and blocking the reinforcement or escape of troops or provision of supplies (a tactic known as "investment"http://m-w.com/dictionary/invest Merriam-Webster: invest), typically coupled with attempts to reduce the fortifications by means of siege engines, artillery bombardment, or sapping (also known as mining), or the use of deception or treachery to bypass defenses.