I. noun Etymology: Middle English sete, from Old Norse sæti; akin to Old English gesete seat, sittan to sit Date: 13th century 1. a. a special chair of one in eminence; also the status represented by it b. a chair, stool, or bench intended to be sat in or on c. the particular part of something on which one rests in sitting <
the seat of a chair
trouser seat
d. buttocks 2. a. a seating accommodation <
a seat for the game
a 200-seat restaurant
b. a right of sitting <
lost his seat in Congress
c. membership on an exchange 3. a. a place where something specified is prevalent ; center <
a seat of learning
b. a place from which authority is exercised <
the county seat
c. a bodily part in which some function or condition is centered <
the brain as the seat of the mind
4. posture in or way of sitting on horseback 5. a. a part at or forming the base of something b. a part (as a socket) or surface on or in which another part or surface rests II. verb Date: 1586 transitive verb 1. a. to install in a seat of dignity or office b. (1) to cause to sit or assist in finding a seat (2) to provide seats for <
a theater seating 1000 persons
c. to put in a sitting position 2. to repair the seat of or provide a new seat for 3. to fit to or with a seat <
seat a valve
intransitive verb 1. archaic to take one's seat or place 2. to fit correctly on a seat

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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