session

A session is a specific block of time dedicated to something. Court may be in session, or school may be in session, or you just might find yourself enjoying a massage therapy session.

The noun session also means a meeting of a board or committee to conduct business. The school board, for example, may hold a special session to discuss budget issues. Session can also refer to a gathering of spiritualists at a séance or a meeting with a psychic. You might have a session with a medium who claims she's delivering a message to you from your great-great-grandmother.

Definitions of session
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n a meeting for execution of a group's functions

“it was the opening session of the legislature”
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sitting
a session as of a legislature or court
clinic
meeting for diagnosis of problems and instruction or remedial work in a particular activity
closed session, executive session
a session (usually of a legislative body) that is closed to the public
hearing
a session (of a committee or grand jury) in which witnesses are called and testimony is taken
skull session
a session (as of executives or advisors) to discuss policy or strategy or to solve problems or exchange ideas
special session
a session that is held in addition to the regular sessions
tutorial
a session of intensive tuition given by a tutor to an individual or to a small number of students
reading clinic
a clinic for people with reading disabilities
basketball clinic
a meeting at which basketball players receive special evaluation and instruction
baseball clinic
a meeting at which baseball players receive special evaluation and instruction
hockey clinic
a meeting at which hockey players receive special evaluation and instruction
confirmation hearing
a hearing held by the US Senate to gather information on whether to approve or reject candidates for high federal office who are nominated by the president
Type of:
conference, group discussion
a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic

n the time during which a school holds classes

Synonyms:
academic session, academic term, school term
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summer school
an academic session during the summer; usually for remedial or supplementary study
semester
one of two divisions of an academic year
trimester
one of three divisions of an academic year
quarter
one of four periods into which the school year is divided
Type of:
term
a limited period of time

n a meeting devoted to a particular activity

“a filming session
“a gossip session
Types:
class period, course session, recitation
a regularly scheduled session as part of a course of study
Type of:
coming together, meeting
the social act of assembling for some common purpose

n a meeting of spiritualists

Synonyms:
seance, sitting
Type of:
get together, meeting
a small informal social gathering

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