Pronunciation Noun

seat (plural seats)

  1. Something to be sat upon.
    1. A place in which to sit.
      There are two hundred seats in this classroom.
    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. (figurative) 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.
    3. (certain Commonwealth countries) An electoral district, especially for a national legislature.
    4. A temporary residence, such as a country home or a hunting lodge.
      • 1806, William Cobbett, The Parliamentary History of England
        A man of fortune, who lives in London, may, in plays, operas, routs, assemblies, French cookery, French sauces, and French wines, spend as much yearly, as he could do, were he to live in the most hospitable manner at his seat in the country.
    5. The place occupied by anything, or where any person, thing or quality is situated or resides; a site.
      • , Book of Revelation ii. 13
        Where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is.
      • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Building
        He that builds a fair house upon an ill seat committeth himself to prison.
      • 1911, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “[,_Oliver Goldsmith, Oliver]”, in 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
        a seat of plenty, content, and tranquillity
      • 1927-29, M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, translated 1940 by Mahadev Desai, Part I, Chapter xvii ↗:
        I stopped taking the sweets and condiments I had got from home. The mind having taken a different turn, the fondness for condiments wore away, and I now relished the boiled spinach which in Richmond tasted insipid, cooked without condiments. Many such experiments taught me that the real seat of taste was not the tongue but the mind.
  3. The starting point of a fire.
  4. Posture, or way of sitting, on horseback.
    • She had so good a seat and hand she might be trusted with any mount.
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  • Italian: seggio
  • Russian: ме́сто
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seat (seats, present participle seating; past and past participle seated)

  1. (transitive) To put an object into a place where it will rest; to fix; to set firm.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      From their foundations, loosening to and fro, / They plucked the seated hills.
    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.
    • The guests were no sooner seated but they entered into a warm debate.
    • 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.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene ii]:
      Thus high […] is King Richard seated.
    • They had seated themselves in New Guiana.
  7. (obsolete, intransitive) To rest; to lie down.
  8. To settle; to plant with inhabitants.
    to seat a country
  9. To put a seat or bottom in.
    to seat a chair
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  • Italian: mettere a sedere
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seat (plural seats)

  1. (US, aviation, firefighting, acronym) Single engine air tanker.
Pronunciation 2
  • (British) IPA: /ˈseɪæt/
Proper noun
  1. Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo, a Spanish automobile manufacturer.
  2. An automobile bearing its name.

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