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Besiege Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    besiege v
  1. surround so as to force to give up; "The Turks besieged Vienna" [syn: beleaguer, surround, hem in, circumvent]
  2. cause to feel distressed or worried; "She was besieged by so many problems that she got discouraged"
  3. harass, as with questions or requests; "The press photographers besieged the movie star"
Besiege Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Besiege \Be*siege"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Besieged; p. pr. & vb. n. Besieging.] [OE. bisegen; pref. be- + segen to siege. See Siege.] To beset or surround with armed forces, for the purpose of compelling to surrender; to lay siege to; to beleaguer; to beset. Till Paris was besieged, famished, and lost. --Shak. Syn: To environ; hem in; invest; encompass.
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Military history

A siege is a military blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by attrition or assault. The term derives from sedere, Latin for "to sit". Generally speaking, siege warfare is a form of constant, low intensity conflict characterized by one party holding a strong, static defensive position. Consequently, an opportunity for negotiation between combatants is not uncommon, as proximity and fluctuating advantage can encourage diplomacy.

A siege occurs when an attacker encounters a city or fortress that cannot be easily taken by a coup de main and refuses to surrender. Sieges involve surrounding the target and blocking the reinforcement or escape of troops or provision of supplies (a tactic known as "investment"), typically coupled with attempts to reduce the fortifications by means of siege engines, artillery bombardment, mining (also known as sapping), or the use of deception or treachery to bypass defenses. Failing a military outcome, sieges can often be decided by starvation, thirst or disease, which can afflict either the attacker or defender.

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  • Qadri's supporters besiege Pakistan parliament
    Thousands of anti-government protesters demanding resignation of PM Nawaz Sharif today besieged parliament building of Pakistan, trapping dozens of MPs inside. Read more on this news related to 'Besiege'
  • Pakistan protesters besiege parliament; lawmakers trapped inside
    Thousands of anti-government protesters demanding resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today besieged the parliament building of Pakistan, trapping dozens of lawmakers inside. Read more on this news related to 'Besiege'
  • Pakistan holds talks with opposition as protesters besiege parliament to pressure PM to quit
    Pakistani officials have held first, "initial" talks with two opposition groups whose supporters have been besieging the parliament for a second day demanding the prime minister resign over alleged election fraud. Read more on this news related to 'Besiege'

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