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First published 2000 (DOST Vol. VIII).
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Seging, Seiging, vbl. n. Also: seag- and -eing, -(e)yng, -eng. [ME seging (Cursor M.); Seg(e v. Cf. also Asseging n.]

1. The action or fact of laying siege (to), besieging (a place or person) or an instance of this.(1) c1475 Wall. viii 502.
No teyme we haiff off segyng now to bid
a1500 Bk. Chess 88.
In seging of the tovne Of Troye
1531 Bell. Boece II 160. 1533 Bell. Livy I 251/7.
Thai drewe the myndis of Equis and Wolchis fra all segeing
a1578 Pitsc. II 119/19.
Four gret cannonis … and all vthir necessaris for seageing of housis [pr. houss] or of castellis
1596 Dalr. I 311/29.
In seigeng the castell of Edinburgh and in all battellis of ony affecte, he vset his ingine
1596 Dalr. II 18/27.
S. Jhones toun, efter lang seigeng, is tane
(2) 1585 Reg. Privy C. IV 24.
In segeing of him within the same [sc. house] be schuiting of pistollettis
(3) c1475 Wall. xi 855.
Wallace … At Sanct Jhonstoun was at the segeyng still
a1500 Bk. Chess 1192.
‘O lord’, he sayis, ‘to lang this seging standis Now sall I put this towne in to ȝour handis
1504 Treas. Acc. II 431.
To Hannis gunnar … for to pas in the Ilis to the segeing of Carneburgh
1515 Reg. Privy S. I 398/2.
For thair … supple gevin in the tresonable segeing and taking of the kingis castellis and hous of Carnebog and Dunskaith
1535 Stewart 52569.
a1578 Pitsc. I 19/19.

2. Seating or installing (something) in a ‘bed’ or ‘seat’. Cf. Set v. 12.1596 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 621 (see Sege n.2 6).

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