Pronunciation: (châr), [key]
1. a seat, esp. for one person, usually having four legs for support and a rest for the back and often having rests for the arms.
2. something that serves as a chair or supports like a chair: The two men clasped hands to make a chair for their injured companion.
3. a seat of office or authority.
4. a position of authority, as of a judge, professor, etc.
5. the person occupying a seat of office, esp. the chairperson of a meeting: The speaker addressed the chair.
6. (in an orchestra) the position of a player, assigned by rank; desk: first clarinet chair.
7. the chair, Informal.See electric chair.
9. See sedan chair.
10. (in reinforced-concrete construction) a device for maintaining the position of reinforcing rods or strands during the pouring operation.
11. a glassmaker's bench having extended arms on which a blowpipe is rolled in shaping glass.
12. Railroads Brit.a metal block for supporting a rail and securing it to a crosstie or the like.
13. get the chair, to be sentenced to die in the electric chair.
14. take the chair,
a. to begin or open a meeting.
b. to preside at a meeting; act as chairperson.
1. to place or seat in a chair.
2. to install in office.
3. to preside over; act as chairperson of: to chair a committee.
4. Brit.to carry (a hero or victor) aloft in triumph.
to preside over a meeting, committee, etc.
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