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something designed to support a person in a sitting position, as a chair, bench, or pew; a place on or in which one sits.
the part of a chair, sofa, or the like, on which one sits.
the part of the body on which one sits; the buttocks.
the part of the garment covering it: the seat of one's pants.
a manner of or posture used in sitting, as on a horse.
something on which the base of an object rests.
the base itself.
a place in which something belongs, occurs, or is established; site; location.
a place in which administrative power or the like is centered: the seat of the government.
a part of the body considered as the place in which an emotion or function is centered: The heart is the seat of passion.
the office or authority of a king, bishop, etc.: the episcopal seat.
a space in which a spectator or patron may sit; accommodation for sitting, as in a theater or stadium.
right of admittance to such a space, especially as indicated by a ticket.
a right to sit as a member in a legislative or similar body: to hold a seat in the senate.
a right to the privileges of membership in a stock exchange or the like.
verb (used with object)
to place on a seat or seats; cause to sit down.
to usher to a seat or find a seat for: to be seated in the front row.
to have seats for; accommodate with seats: a theater that seats 1200 people.
to put a seat on or into (a chair, garment, etc.).
to install in a position or office of authority, in a legislative body, etc.
to fit (a valve) with a seat.
to attach to or place firmly in or on something as a base: Seat the telescope on the tripod.
verb (used without object)
(of a cap, valve, etc.) to be closed or in proper position: Be sure that the cap of the dipstick seats.
by the seat of one's pants, using experience, instinct, or guesswork.

1150–1200; Middle English sete (noun) < Old Norse sæti

seater, noun
seatless, adjective
misseat, verb (used with object)
underseated, adjective
well-seated, adjective

1. throne, stool. 3. bottom, fundament. Unabridged
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seat (siːt)
1.  a piece of furniture designed for sitting on, such as a chair or sofa
2.  the part of a chair, bench, etc, on which one sits
3.  a place to sit, esp one that requires a ticket: I have two seats for the film tonight
4.  the buttocks
5.  the part of a garment covering the buttocks
6.  the part or area serving as the base of an object
7.  the part or surface on which the base of an object rests
8.  the place or centre in which something is located: a seat of government
9.  a place of abode, esp a country mansion that is or was originally the chief residence of a family
10.  a membership or the right to membership in a legislative or similar body
11.  chiefly (Brit) a parliamentary constituency
12.  membership in a stock exchange
13.  the manner in which a rider sits on a horse
14.  by the seat of one's pants by instinct rather than knowledge or experience
15.  informal (W African) on seat (of officials) in the office rather than on tour or on leave: the agricultural advisor will be on seat tomorrow
16.  (tr) to bring to or place on a seat; cause to sit down
17.  (tr) to provide with seats
18.  (tr; often passive) to place or centre: the ministry is seated in the capital
19.  (tr) to set firmly in place
20.  (tr) to fix or install in a position of power
21.  (tr) to put a seat on or in (an item of furniture, garment, etc)
22.  (intr) (of garments) to sag in the area covering the buttocks: your thin skirt has seated badly
[Old English gesete; related to Old Norse sæti, Old High German gasāzi, Middle Dutch gesaete]

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Word Origin & History

"thing to sit on, act of sitting," c.1200, from O.N. sæti "seat, position," from P.Gmc. *sæt- (cf. O.H.G. saze, M.Du. gesaete "seat," O.H.G. gisazi, Ger. Gesäß "buttocks"), from PIE base *sed- "to sit" (see sit). The verb is from 1577. Meaning "posterior
of the body" (the sitting part) is from 1607; sense of "part of a garment which covers the buttocks" is from 1835. Seat belt is from 1932, originally in airplanes.

"residence, abode, established place," c.1275, extended use of seat (1), influenced by O.Fr. siege "seat, established place," and L. sedes "seat." Meaning "city in which a government sits" is attested from c.1400. Sense of "place in a parliament or other legislative body" is
attested from 1774. O.E. had sæt "place where one sits in ambush," which also meant "residents, inhabitants," and is the source of the -set in Dorset and Somerset.
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