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Chief vs. Chair — What's the Difference?

Chief vs. Chair — What's the Difference?

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Chief

A leader or ruler of a people or clan
Chief Banawi
The chief of the village

Chair

One of the basic pieces of furniture, a chair is a type of seat. Its primary features are two pieces of a durable material, attached as back and seat to one another at a 90° or slightly greater angle, with usually the four corners of the horizontal seat attached in turn to four legs—or other parts of the seat's underside attached to three legs or to a shaft about which a four-arm turnstile on rollers can turn—strong enough to support the weight of a person who sits on the seat (usually wide and broad enough to hold the lower body from the buttocks almost to the knees) and leans against the vertical back (usually high and wide enough to support the back to the shoulder blades).

Chief

An ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across the top of the shield.

Chair

A piece of furniture designed to accommodate one sitting or reclining person, providing support for the back and often the arms and typically standing on four legs.

Chief

Most important
Chief among her concerns is working alone at night
The chief reason for the spending cuts
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Chair

A seat of office, authority, or dignity, such as that of a bishop.

Chief

One who is highest in rank or authority; a leader.

Chair

An office or position of authority, such as a professorship.

Chief

A chief petty officer.

Chair

A person who holds an office or a position of authority, such as one who presides over a meeting or administers a department of instruction at a college; a chairperson.

Chief

(Nautical) The chief engineer of a ship.

Chair

The position of a player in an orchestra.

Chief

(Slang) A supervisor; a boss.

Chair

(Slang) The electric chair.

Chief

(Heraldry) The upper section of a shield.

Chair

A seat carried about on poles; a sedan chair.

Chief

Highest in rank, authority, or office
The chief scientist in the lab.

Chair

Any of several devices that serve to support or secure, such as a metal block that supports and holds railroad track in position.

Chief

Most important or influential
The chief ingredients in the stew. See Usage Note at absolute.

Chair

To preside over as chairperson
Chair a meeting.

Chief

A leader or head of a group of people, organisation, etc.
All firefighters report to the fire chief.

Chair

To install (someone) in a position of authority, especially as a presiding officer.

Chief

(heraldry) The top part of a shield or escutcheon; more specifically, an ordinary consisting of the upper part of the field cut off by a horizontal line, generally occupying the top third.

Chair

To carry (someone) high off the ground in a chair or in a seated position, especially as a tribute.

Chief

The principal part or top of anything.

Chair

An item of furniture used to sit on or in, comprising a seat, legs or wheels, back, and sometimes arm rests, for use by one person. Compare stool, couch, sofa, settee, loveseat and bench.
All I need to weather a snowstorm is hot coffee, a warm fire, a good book and a comfortable chair.

Chief

An informal term of address.

Chair

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Under the rules of order adopted by the board, the chair may neither make nor second motions.

Chief

An informal term of address for a Native American or First Nations man.

Chair

(music) The seating position of a particular musician in an orchestra.
My violin teacher used to play first chair with the Boston Pops.

Chief

Primary; principal.
Negligence was the chief cause of the disaster.

Chair

(rail transport) An iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers, and similar devices.

Chief

(Scotland) Intimate, friendly.

Chair

(chemistry) One of two possible conformers of cyclohexane rings (the other being boat), shaped roughly like a chair.

Chief

To smoke cannabis.

Chair

Ellipsis of electric chair
The court will show no mercy; if he gets convicted, it's the chair for him.

Chief

The head or leader of any body of men; a commander, as of an army; a head man, as of a tribe, clan, or family; a person in authority who directs the work of others; the principal actor or agent.

Chair

(education) A distinguished professorship at a university.

Chief

The principal part; the most valuable portion.
The chief of the things which should be utterly destroyed.

Chair

A vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles, or a two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse; a gig.

Chief

The upper third part of the field. It is supposed to be composed of the dexter, sinister, and middle chiefs.

Chair

The seat or office of a person in authority, such as a judge or bishop.

Chief

Highest in office or rank; principal; head.

Chair

(transitive) To act as chairperson at; to preside over.
Bob will chair tomorrow's meeting.

Chief

Principal or most eminent in any quality or action; most distinguished; having most influence; taking the lead; most important; as, the chief topic of conversation; the chief interest of man.

Chair

(transitive) To carry in a seated position upon one's shoulders, especially in celebration or victory.

Chief

Very intimate, near, or close.
A whisperer separateth chief friends.

Chair

To award a chair to (a winning poet) at a Welsh eisteddfod.
The poet was chaired at the national Eisteddfod.

Chief

A person who is in charge;
The head of the whole operation

Chair

A movable single seat with a back.

Chief

A person who exercises control over workers;
If you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman

Chair

An official seat, as of a chief magistrate or a judge, but esp. that of a professor; hence, the office itself.
The chair of a philosophical school.
A chair of philology.

Chief

Most important element;
The chief aim of living
The main doors were of solid glass
The principal rivers of America
The principal example
Policemen were primary targets

Chair

The presiding officer of an assembly; a chairman; as, to address the chair.

Chair

A vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles, or two-wheeled carriage, drawn by one horse; a gig.
Think what an equipage thou hast in air,And view with scorn two pages and a chair.

Chair

An iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers.

Chair

To place in a chair.

Chair

To carry publicly in a chair in triumph.

Chair

To function as chairperson of (a meeting, committee, etc.); as, he chaired the meeting.

Chair

A seat for one person, with a support for the back;
He put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down

Chair

The position of professor;
He was awarded an endowed chair in economics

Chair

The officer who presides at the meetings of an organization;
Address your remarks to the chairperson

Chair

An instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles a chair;
The murderer was sentenced to die in the chair

Chair

Act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university;
She chaired the department for many years

Chair

Preside over;
John moderated the discussion

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