Definition of Seat

Pronunciation: sēt
n.1.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.
And Jesus . . . overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves.
- Matt. xxi. 12.
2.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.
Where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is.
- Rev. ii. 13.
He that builds a fair house upon an ill seat committeth himself to prison.
- Bacon.
A seat of plenty, content, and tranquillity.
- Macaulay.
3.That part of a thing on which a person sits; as, the seat of a chair or saddle; the seat of a pair of pantaloons.
4.A sitting; a right to sit; regular or appropriate place of sitting; as, a seat in a church; a seat for the season in the opera house.
5.Posture, or way of sitting, on horseback.
She had so good a seat and hand she might be trusted with any mount.
- G. Eliot.
6.(Mach.) A part or surface on which another part or surface rests; as, a valve seat.
Seat worm
(Zool.) the pinworm.
v. t.1.To place on a seat; to cause to sit down; as, to seat one's self.
[imp. & p. p. Seated; p. pr. & vb. n. Seating.]
The guests were no sooner seated but they entered into a warm debate.
- Arbuthnot.
2.To cause to occupy a post, site, situation, or the like; to station; to establish; to fix; to settle.
Thus high . . . is King Richard seated.
- Shak.
They had seated themselves in New Guiana.
- Sir W. Raleigh.
3.To assign a seat to, or the seats of; to give a sitting to; as, to seat a church, or persons in a church.
4.To fix; to set firm.
From their foundations, loosening to and fro,
They plucked the seated hills.
- Milton.
5.To settle; to plant with inhabitants; as to seat a country.
6.To put a seat or bottom in; as, to seat a chair.
v. i.1.To rest; to lie down.

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