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Meaning of seat

seat

Pronunciation: (sēt), [key]
— n.
  1. something designed to support a person in a sitting position, as a chair, bench, or pew; a place on or in which one sits.
  2. the part of a chair, sofa, or the like, on which one sits.
  3. the part of the body on which one sits; the buttocks.
  4. the part of the garment covering it: the seat of one's pants.
  5. a manner of or posture used in sitting, as on a horse.
  6. something on which the base of an object rests.
  7. the base itself.
  8. a place in which something belongs, occurs, or is established; site; location.
  9. a place in which administrative power or the like is centered: the seat of the government.
  10. a part of the body considered as the place in which an emotion or function is centered: The heart is the seat of passion.
  11. the office or authority of a king, bishop, etc.: the episcopal seat.
  12. a space in which a spectator or patron may sit; accommodation for sitting, as in a theater or stadium.
  13. right of admittance to such a space, esp. as indicated by a ticket.
  14. a right to sit as a member in a legislative or similar body: to hold a seat in the senate.
  15. a right to the privileges of membership in a stock exchange or the like.
  16. using experience, instinct, or guesswork.
—v.t.
  1. to place on a seat or seats; cause to sit down.
  2. to usher to a seat or find a seat for: to be seated in the front row.
  3. to have seats for; accommodate with seats: a theater that seats 1200 people.
  4. to put a seat on or into (a chair, garment, etc.).
  5. to install in a position or office of authority, in a legislative body, etc.
  6. to fit (a valve) with a seat.
  7. to attach to or place firmly in or on something as a base: Seat the telescope on the tripod.
—v.i.
  1. (of a cap, valve, etc.) to be closed or in proper position: Be sure that the cap of the dipstick seats.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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