I think of the many African American children who sat in one-room schoolhouses, desperately trying to get an education.
I nodded, and we carried our tall cups and sat by the window at the gate.
On CNN's Reliable Sources, Gibbs sat down with Howard Kurtz to discuss how he came to join the Twitterati.
She brought with her that special presence and tranquillity as she sat speaking with his wife.
His barracks at Fort Carson sat near the artillery range and the booming shells sent him trembling under his bed.
When these were arranged upon the table to his satisfaction, they sat down to tea.
At the breakfast-table, comfortably near the hearth, sat Horace Milbrey.
They were shown at once into the apartment in which Henry Dunbar sat waiting for them.
He sat down again, and it flooded back upon him with new force.
And when they came to a gate they sat down in the grass by the wayside.
1961, initialism for Scholastic Aptitude Test.
Old English sittan "to occupy a seat, be seated, sit down, seat oneself; remain, continue; settle, encamp, occupy; lie in wait; besiege" (class V strong verb; past tense sæt, past participle seten), from Proto-Germanic *setjan (cf. Old Saxon sittian, Old Norse sitja, Danish sidde, Old Frisian sitta, Middle Dutch sitten, Dutch zitten, Old High German sizzan, German sitzen, Gothic sitan), from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).
With past tense sat, formerly also set, now restricted to dialect, and sate, now archaic; and past participle sat, formerly sitten. In reference to a legislative assembly, from 1510s. Meaning "to baby-sit" is recorded from 1966.
To sit back "be inactive" is from 1943. To sit on one's hands was originally "to withhold applause" (1926); later, "to do nothing" (1959). To sit around "be idle, do nothing" is 1915, American English. To sit out "not take part" is from 1650s. Sitting pretty is from 1916.