Now men come to the feast, and Hallgerda sat upon the cross-bench, and she was a very merry bride.
It touched and sat upon the hill-top like a great circle of fire.
He sat upon his imperial throne purple in the face, his eyes distended with horror, his mouth gaping, and full of rice.
She had an attractive trick of swinging it as she sat upon the piano stool.
Uncle Henry sat upon the door-step and looked anxiously at the sky, which was even grayer than usual.
It was an insult to John Storm to be sat upon in judgment by such a woman.
The whole structure was very light, the boiler was of polished brass, and sat upon end.
I sat upon the bank hopelessly discouraged, not knowing what to do.
At the dinner table, Phonny and Stuyvesant sat upon one side of the table, and Malleville sat on the other side, opposite to them.
Barbara sat upon the blanket and leaned her back against the log.
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.