from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A place or thing on which to sit; a bench, stool, chair, throne, or the like.
  • noun That part of a thing on which one sits, or on which another part or thing rests, or by which it is supported: as, the seat of a chair; the seats in a wagon; the seat of a valve.
  • noun That part of the body on which one sits; the breech, buttocks, or fundament; technically, the gluteal region.
  • noun That part of a garment which covers the breech: as, the seat of a pair of trousers.
  • noun Site; situation; location: as, the seat of Eden; the seat of a tumor, or of a disease.
  • noun Abode; place of abode or residence; specifically, a mansion: as, a family seat; a country-seat.
  • noun Regular or appropriate place, as of rest, activity, etc.; the place where anything is settled, fixed, or established, or is carried on or flourishes; the matter in which any form inheres: as, the seat of war; a seat of learning or of commerce.
  • noun A right to sit.
  • noun Method or posture of sitting, as on horseback; hold in sitting: as, to have a firm seat in the saddle.
  • noun A clutch or sitting (of eggs).
  • noun A place or situation in a shoemaking establishment: as, a seat of work; a seat of stuff (that is, an engagement to make stuff shoes).
  • noun Same as seat-earth.
  • To place on a seat; cause to sit down: as, to seat one's guests: often used reflexively: as, to seat one's self at table.
  • To furnish or fit up with seats: as, to seat a church for a thousand persons.
  • To repair by renewing or mending the seat: as, to seat a chair or a garment.
  • To afford sitting accommodation for; accommodate with seats or sittings: as, a room that seats four hundred.
  • To fix; set firm.
  • To locate; settle; place definitely as in a permanent abode or dwelling-place; fix: often reflexively.
  • In mech., to fix in proper place, as on a bed or support; cause to lie truly on such support; fit accurately.
  • To settle; plant with inhabitants: as, to seat a country.
  • To fix or take up abode; settle down permanently; establish a residence.
  • To rest; lie down.
  • To close tight upon its seat: said of a lifting-valve, which may be actuated mechanically from without or be self-acting by the variation of pressure within the passages which it controls.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To place on a seat; to cause to sit down.
  • transitive verb To cause to occupy a post, site, situation, or the like; to station; to establish; to fix; to settle.
  • transitive verb To assign a seat to, or the seats of; to give a sitting to.
  • transitive verb To fix; to set firm.
  • transitive verb obsolete To settle; to plant with inhabitants; as to seat a country.
  • transitive verb To put a seat or bottom in.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun That part of a thing on which a person sits.
  • noun A sitting; a right to sit; regular or appropriate place of sitting.
  • noun Posture, or way of sitting, on horseback.
  • noun (Mach.) A part or surface on which another part or surface rests.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the pinworm.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To rest; to lie down.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun furniture that is designed for sitting on
  • noun the cloth covering for the buttocks
  • verb put a seat on a chair
  • verb provide with seats
  • verb place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position
  • noun a part of a machine that supports or guides another part
  • verb be able to seat
  • noun a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane)
  • noun the location (metaphorically speaking) where something is based
  • noun a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised)
  • verb place in or on a seat
  • verb place or attach firmly in or on a base
  • noun the legal right to sit as a member in a legislative or similar body


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