Definitions and meaning of seat
From Middle English sete, from Old English sǣte and Old Norse sæti (“seat”), both from Proto-Germanic *sētiją (“seat”); compare Old English set (“seat”). Compare also Old High German gisazi (German Gesäß), Middle Dutch gesaete. Sense of "residence, abode, established place" likely derived from cognate Old English sǣte (“house”), related to Old High German sāza (“sedan, seat, domicile”).
- IPA(key): /siːt/
- Rhymes: -iːt
seat (plural seats)
- Something to be sat upon.
- A place in which to sit.
- The horizontal portion of a chair or other furniture designed for sitting.
- A piece of furniture made for sitting; e.g. a chair, stool or bench; any improvised place for sitting.
- The part of an object or individual (usually the buttocks) directly involved in sitting.
- The part of a piece of clothing (usually pants or trousers) covering the buttocks.
- (engineering) A part or surface on which another part or surface rests.
- A location or site.
- (figurative) A membership in an organization, particularly a representative body.
- The location of a governing body.
- (certain Commonwealth countries) An electoral district, especially for a national legislature.
- 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.
- The place occupied by anything, or where any person, thing or quality is situated or resides; a site.
- 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.
- 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.
- The starting point of a fire.
- Posture, or way of sitting, on horseback.
- 1876, George Eliot, Daniel Deronda Chapter 3
- She had so good a seat and hand she might be trusted with any mount.
seat (third-person singular simple present seats, present participle seating, simple past and past participle seated)
- (transitive) To put an object into a place where it will rest; to fix; to set firm.
- (transitive) To provide with places to sit.
- 1712, John Arbuthnot, An Essay Concerning the Effects of Air on Human Bodies
- The guests were no sooner seated but they entered into a warm debate.
- 1887, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, History of Woman Suffrage
- 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.
- (transitive) To request or direct one or more persons to sit.
- Please seat the audience after the anthem and then introduce the first speaker.
- (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.
- (transitive) To assign the seats of.
- to seat a church
- (transitive) To cause to occupy a post, site, or situation; to station; to establish; to fix; to settle.
- c. 1610?, Walter Raleigh, A Discourse of War
- They had seated themselves in Nova Guiana.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To rest; to lie down.
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- To settle; to plant with inhabitants.
- to seat a country
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- To put a seat or bottom in.
- to seat a chair
- seat of learning
- seat of wisdom
- seat of honor
- AEST, ESTA, East, TEAs, east, eats, etas, sate, saté, seta, tase, teas
- (Rumantsch Grischun, Surmiran, Puter, Vallader) set
- (Sursilvan) siat
From Latin septem, from Proto-Indo-European *septḿ̥.
- (Sutsilvan) seven
- SEASTRAND, the seashore.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)