chair ( chairs plural & 3rd person present) ( chairing present participle) ( chaired past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A chair is a piece of furniture for one person to sit on. Chairs have a back and four legs.
He rose from his chair and walked to the window.
2 n-count At a university, a chair is the post of professor.
usu sing, oft N of/in n
He has been appointed to the chair of sociology at Southampton University...
3 n-count The person who is the chairof a committee or meeting is the person in charge of it.
usu sing, oft N of n
She is the chair of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Military.
4 verb If you chair a meeting or a committee, you are the person in charge of it.
He was about to chair a meeting in Venice of EU foreign ministers... V n
5 n-sing The chair is the same as the electric chair. (AM) the N
chair lift ( chair lifts plural ) , chairlift A chair lift is a line of chairs that hang from a moving cable and carry people up and down a mountain or ski slope. n-count
easy chair ( easy chairs plural ) An easy chair is a large, comfortable padded chair. n-count
electric chair ( electric chairs plural ) Theelectric chair is a method of killing criminals, used especially in the United States, in which a person is strapped to a special chair and killed by a powerful electric current. n-count usu the N in sing
high chair ( high chairs plural ) , highchair A high chair is a chair with long legs for a small child to sit in while they are eating. n-count
rocking chair ( rocking chairs plural ) A rocking chair is a chair that is built on two curved pieces of wood so that you can rock yourself backwards and forwards when you are sitting in it. n-count
sedan chair ( sedan chairs plural ) A sedan chair is an enclosed chair for one person carried on two poles by two men, one in front and one behind. Sedan chairs were used in the 17th and 18th centuries. n-count
swivel chair ( swivel chairs plural ) A swivel chair is a chair whose seat can be turned around a central point to face in a different direction without moving the legs. n-count usu sing