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Webster 1913 Edition


Seat

Seat

(sēt)
,
Noun.
[OE.
sete
, Icel.
saeti
; akin to Sw.
säte
, Dan.
saede
, MHG.
sāze
, AS.
set
,
setl
, and E.
sit
. √154. See
Sit
, and cf.
Settle
,
Noun.
]
1.
The place or thing upon which one sits; hence; anything made to be sat in or upon, as a chair, bench, stool, saddle, or the like.
And Jesus . . . overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the
seats
of them that sold doves.
Matt. xxi. 12.
2.
The place occupied by anything, or where any person or thing is situated, resides, or abides; a site; an abode, a station; a post; a situation.
Where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s
seat
is.
Rev. ii. 13.
He that builds a fair house upon an ill
seat
committeth himself to prison.
Bacon.
A
seat
of plenty, content, and tranquillity.
Macaulay.
3.
That part of a thing on which a person sits;
as, the
seat
of a chair or saddle; the
seat
of a pair of pantaloons
.
4.
A sitting; a right to sit; regular or appropriate place of sitting;
as, a
seat
in a church; a
seat
for the season in the opera house
.
5.
Posture, or way of sitting, on horseback.
She had so good a
seat
and hand she might be trusted with any mount.
G. Eliot.
6.
(Mach.)
A part or surface on which another part or surface rests;
as, a valve
seat
.
Seat worm
(Zool.)
,
the pinworm.

Seat

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Seated
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Seating
.]
1.
To place on a seat; to cause to sit down;
as, to
seat
one's self
.
The guests were no sooner
seated
but they entered into a warm debate.
Arbuthnot.
2.
To cause to occupy a post, site, situation, or the like; to station; to establish; to fix; to settle.
Thus high . . . is King Richard
seated
.
Shakespeare
They had
seated
themselves in New Guiana.
Sir W. Raleigh.
3.
To assign a seat to, or the seats of; to give a sitting to;
as, to
seat
a church, or persons in a church
.
4.
To fix; to set firm.
From their foundations, loosening to and fro,
They plucked the
seated
hills.
Milton.
5.
To settle; to plant with inhabitants; as to seat a country.
[Obs.]
W. Stith.
6.
To put a seat or bottom in;
as, to
seat
a chair
.

Seat

,
Verb.
I.
To rest; to lie down.
[Obs.]
Spenser.

Webster 1828 Edition


Seat

SEAT

,
Noun.
[L. sedes, situs.]
1. That on which one sits; a chair, bench, stool or any other thing on which a person sits.
Christ--overthrew the tables of the money changers and the seats of them that sold doves. Matt. 21.
2. The place of sitting; throne; chair of state; tribunal; post of authority; as the seat of justice; judgment-seat.
3. Mansion; residence; dwelling; abode; as Italy the seat of empire. The Greeks sent colonies to seek a new seat in Gaul.
In Albe he shall fix his royal seat. Dryden.
4. Site; situation. The seat of Eden has never been incontrovertibly ascertained.
5. That part of a saddle on which a person sits.
6. In horsemanship, posture or situation of a perosn on horseback.
7. A pew or slip in a chruch; a place to sit in.
8. The place where a thing is settled or established. London is the seat of business and opulence. So we say, the seat of the muses,the seat of arts, the seat of commerce.

SEAT

, v.t.
1. To place on a seat; to cause to sit down. We seat ourselves; we seat our guests.
The guests were no sooner seated but they entered into a warm debate.

Definition 2022


seat

seat

See also: SEAT

English

Noun

seat (plural seats)

An automobile seat
  1. Something to be sat upon.
    1. A place in which to sit.
      There are two hundred seats in this classroom.
      • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
        The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; [] . Our table in the dining-room became again the abode of scintillating wit and caustic repartee, Farrar bracing up to his old standard, and the demand for seats in the vicinity rose to an animated competition.
    2. The horizontal portion of a chair or other furniture designed for sitting.
      He sat on the arm of the chair rather than the seat, which always annoyed his mother.
      the seat of a saddle
    3. A piece of furniture made for sitting; e.g. a chair, stool or bench; any improvised place for sitting.
      She pulled the seat from under the table to allow him to sit down.
    4. The part of an object or individual (usually the buttocks) directly involved in sitting.
      Instead of saying "sit down", she said "place your seat on this chair".
    5. The part of a piece of clothing (usually pants or trousers) covering the buttocks.
      The seat of these trousers is almost worn through.
    6. (engineering) A part or surface on which another part or surface rests.
      The seat of the valve had become corroded.
  2. A location or site.
    1. (figuratively) A membership in an organization, particularly a representative body.
      Our neighbor has a seat at the stock exchange and in congress.
    2. The location of a governing body.
      Washington D.C. is the seat of the U.S. government.
      • 2013 August 3, The machine of a new soul”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
        But how the neurons are organised in these lobes and ganglia remains obscure. Yet this is the level of organisation that does the actual thinking—and is, presumably, the seat of consciousness.
    3. (certain Commonwealth countries) An electoral district, especially for a national legislature.
    4. The place occupied by anything, or where any person or thing is situated or resides; a site.
      • Bible, Revelation ii. 13
        Where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is.
      • Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
        He that builds a fair house upon an ill seat committeth himself to prison.
      • Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859)
        a seat of plenty, content, and tranquillity
  3. The starting point of a fire.
  4. Posture, or way of sitting, on horseback.
    • George Eliot (1819-1880)
      She had so good a seat and hand she might be trusted with any mount.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

seat (third-person singular simple present seats, present participle seating, simple past and past participle seated)

  1. (transitive) To put an object into a place where it will rest; to fix; to set firm.
    • Milton
      From their foundations, loosening to and fro, / They plucked the seated hills.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      One morning I had been driven to the precarious refuge afforded by the steps of the inn, after rejecting offers from the Celebrity to join him in a variety of amusements. But even here I was not free from interruption, for he was seated on a horse-block below me, playing with a fox terrier.
    Be sure to seat the gasket properly before attaching the cover.
  2. (transitive) To provide with places to sit.
    This classroom seats two hundred students.
    The waiter seated us and asked what we would like to drink.
    • Arbuthnot
      The guests were no sooner seated but they entered into a warm debate.
    • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
      He used to seat you on the piano and then, with vehement gestures and pirouettings, would argue the case. Not one word of the speech did you understand.
  3. (transitive) To request or direct one or more persons to sit.
    Please seat the audience after the anthem and then introduce the first speaker.
  4. (transitive, legislature) To recognize the standing of a person or persons by providing them with one or more seats which would allow them to participate fully in a meeting or session.
    Only half the delegates from the state were seated at the convention because the state held its primary too early.
    You have to be a member to be seated at the meeting. Guests are welcome to sit in the visitors section.
  5. (transitive) To assign the seats of.
    to seat a church
  6. (transitive) To cause to occupy a post, site, or situation; to station; to establish; to fix; to settle.
    • Shakespeare
      Thus high [] is King Richard seated.
    • Sir Walter Raleigh
      They had seated themselves in New Guiana.
  7. (obsolete, intransitive) To rest; to lie down.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  8. To settle; to plant with inhabitants.
    to seat a country
    (Can we find and add a quotation of W. Stith to this entry?)
  9. To put a seat or bottom in.
    to seat a chair

Translations

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Anagrams


Romansch

Alternative forms

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Surmiran, Puter, Vallader) set
  • (Sursilvan) siat

Etymology

From Latin septem, from Proto-Indo-European *septḿ̥.

Number

seat

  1. (cardinal, Sutsilvan) seven