chair

A chair is a seat with four legs and a back to lean against. When you invite a large group for dinner, you have to make sure you find chairs for all of your guests.

As opposed to a bench, couch, or sofa, a chair usually seats one single person. You might have wooden kitchen chairs and a comfortable, upholstered chair with arms for watching TV. Another kind of chair is the leader of an organization or group, and it's also a verb meaning to lead such a group: "I've been asked to chair the monthly meetings of the stamp collectors' club." The Old French root is chaiere, "seat or throne."

Primary Meanings of chair

1.
n
a seat for one person, with a support for the back
2.
nv
the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization
act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university
3.
n
the position of professor
4.
n
a particular seat in an orchestra
5.
n
an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person
Full Definitions of chair
1

n a seat for one person, with a support for the back

“he put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down”
Types:
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armchair
chair with a support on each side for arms
barber chair
a large fixed adjustable chair in which barbers seat their customers
chair of state
a ceremonial chair for an exalted or powerful person
chaise, chaise longue, daybed
a long chair; for reclining
Eames chair
a chair designed by Charles Eames; originally made of molded plywood; seat and back shaped to fit the human body
fighting chair
a fixed chair from which a saltwater angler can fight a hooked fish
folding chair
a chair that can be folded flat for storage
feeding chair, highchair
a chair for feeding a very young child; has four long legs and a footrest and a detachable tray
ladder-back, ladder-back chair
a chair with a ladder-back
garden chair, lawn chair
chair left outside for use on a lawn or in a garden
rocker, rocking chair
a chair mounted on rockers
side chair, straight chair
a straight-backed chair without arms
swivel chair
a chair that swivels on its base
tablet-armed chair
a chair with an arm that has been widened for writing
wheelchair
a movable chair mounted on large wheels; for invalids or those who cannot walk; frequently propelled by the occupant
bath chair
a wheelchair usually pushed by an attendant, as at a spa
Boston rocker
a rocking chair that has a high spindle back and a decorative top panel
camp chair
a light folding chair
captain's chair
a wooden armchair with a saddle seat and a low back that has vertical spindles
beach chair, deck chair
a folding chair for use outdoors; a wooden frame supports a length of canvas
easy chair, lounge chair, overstuffed chair
a comfortable upholstered armchair
fauteuil
an upholstered armchair
Morris chair
an armchair with an adjustable back
motorized wheelchair
a wheelchair propelled by a motor
platform rocker
rocking chair on a stationary base
lounger, recliner, reclining chair
an armchair whose back can be lowered and foot can be raised to allow the sitter to recline in it
shoofly
a child's rocking chair with the seat built between two flat sides that are shaped to resemble an animal (such as a swan or duck)
throne
the chair of state for a monarch, bishop, etc.
Windsor chair
straight chair having a shaped seat and a back of many spindles
yacht chair
a light folding armchair for outdoor use
Type of:
seat
furniture that is designed for sitting on
2

n the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization

Synonyms:
chairman, chairperson, chairwoman, president
Types:
Kalon Tripa
the chairman of the Kashag and essentially head of the Tibetan government-in-exile
vice chairman
one ranking below or serving in the place of a chairman
Type of:
presiding officer
the leader of a group meeting

v act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university

“She chaired the department for many years”
Synonyms:
chairman
Type of:
head, lead
be in charge of

v preside over

Synonyms:
lead, moderate
Type of:
discuss, hash out, talk over
speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion
3

n the position of professor

“he was awarded an endowed chair in economics”
Synonyms:
professorship
Type of:
berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation, spot
a job in an organization
4

n a particular seat in an orchestra

“he is second chair violin”
Type of:
seat
any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit)
5

n an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person

“the murderer was sentenced to die in the chair
Synonyms:
death chair, electric chair, hot seat
Type of:
instrument of execution
an instrument designed and used to take the life of a condemned person

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