session

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a period of time during which something is done

Banking

  • noun a period of time spent on a specific activity, especially as part of a larger event

Computing

  • noun the time during which a program or process is running or active

Cricket

  • noun any of the three periods of play that make up a full day’s cricket at first-class level, separated by the intervals for lunch and tea
    Citation ‘England needed to bat for five sessions to save the game, and a flurry of rain and the composure of Stewart were the only sources of optimism for the tourists on the rest day’ (Vic Marks, Cricketer May 1994)

Electronics

  • A period during which a user is connected to a computer or communications network Also, all the activities which take place during such a session. Also called user session (1).
  • A period during which an individual or entity uses an application or program.

Law

  • noun the period when a group of people meets
  • noun the period during which formal meetings of a body are being held

Medical

  • noun a visit to a therapist for treatment

Politics

  • noun a meeting, or the time when a meeting is held
  • noun the period when parliament is meeting, usually about 12 months long

Origin & History of “session”

Etymologically, a session is simply a ‘sitting’. The word comes via Old French session from Latin sessiō, a derivative of sedēre ‘sit’. Its sense development reflects the symbolic association of ‘sitting down’ with the conducting of business, which can be seen anew in the modern English expression get round a table. other English descendants of Latin sedēre, which is closely related to English sit, include assess, assiduous (16th c.), insidious (16th c.), séance (19th c.), sedentary (16th c.), sediment (16th c.), size, subsidy (14th c.), and supersede.
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