- 1A thing made or used for sitting on, such as a chair or stool.More example sentences
- I sat down in the white chair while Dr. Clark took a seat on a stool that sat to my left.
- The stone furniture includes cupboards, beds and seats.
- Benches are more flexible than stools or individual seats because you can squeeze in more people along them.
- 1.1The roughly horizontal part of a chair, on which one’s weight rests directly.More example sentences
- The package Campbell had brought the night before rested unassumingly on the seat of my chair.
- Artemis sat on top of the back of a chair, his bare feet resting on the seat.
- Invariably they have cushioned seats and foot rests.
- 1.2A sitting place for a passenger in a vehicle or for a member of an audience: a fairly small theatre with 1,300 seatsMore example sentences
- Some audience members took their seats more than 30 minutes ago.
- He has removed reclining seats, so now passengers have to endure the whole flight sitting up straight.
- In that case the seating available for passengers comprised three single seats and a bench seat 7 ft 4 ins in length.
- 2A person’s buttocks.More example sentences
buttocks, behind, backside, rear, rear end, rump, haunches, hindquarters, cheeks; British bottom; French derrière; German SitzfleischScottish • informal bahookieNorth American • informal butt, fanny, tush, tushie, tail, duff, buns, booty, caboose, heinie, patootie, keister, tuchis, bazoo, bippyWest Indian • informal battyBritish • vulgar slang arseNorth American • vulgar slang ass• technical nates• archaic breech
- They tossed beach balls to one another between the decks and nibbled on cucumber sandwiches as they shook sand from the towels covering their seats.
- 2.1The part of a garment that covers the buttocks.More example sentences
- As she was doing this, the instructor worked her tail through a hole in the seat of the garment.
- And for extra room in the seat, try jeans with a low waist, low pockets and a bit of a flare around the ankle.
- The girl sighed at the dark stain that covered the seat of her pants.
- 2.2A manner of sitting on a horse: he’s got the worst seat on a horse of anyone I’ve ever seenMore example sentences
- Waging war with such tools required more than courage, common sense, and a firm seat on a horse.
- At the same time she will correct your position on the horse, your seat, your hand and legs.
- If your seat is quiet, the horse is more likely to relax and slow his pace.
- 3A place in an elected legislative or other body: he lost his seat in the 1997 electionMore example sentences
- Of all state legislative seats nationwide, Republicans had won or were leading in 3,647, Democrats in 3,630.
- In all, there were 153 congressional and state legislative seats in play in California last November.
- Only half of the 60 seats in the Legislative Council, the lawmaking body, are elected directly.
- 3.1British A parliamentary constituency: a safe Labour seat in the North-EastMore example sentences
- In 1945 he won the safe Tory parliamentary seat of Chislehurst for Labour.
- When he was 21, his father bought him a parliamentary seat for the Irish borough of Cashel.
- We will be standing in all 59 parliamentary seats across Scotland.
- 4A principal site or location: Parliament House was the seat of the Scots Parliament until the Union with EnglandMore example sentences
- The beck breaks to the surface at the site of the former seat of the city's textile industry.
- He regarded it as the principal seat of the soul and the place in which all our thoughts are formed.
- Strasbourg is a central seat of administration for them, that's right, just as it is for the European Commission.
- 4.1British short for country seat. Lamport Hall was the seat of the Isham family for over 400 yearsMore example sentences
- Her brother and mother have sent her to the Castlewood seat in the country; to be away from the attentions of the Prince.
- Kilkenny castle was built in the 12th century and was the principal seat of the Butlers until 1935.
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- 1Arrange for (someone) to sit somewhere: Owen seated his guests in the draughty baronial hallMore example sentences
- They seated the audience on a hillside and the action of the play took place in a grassy circle.
- One of McRae's other decisions is to seat the audience on both sides of the long, narrow stage, one section facing the other.
- Where else would he seat his guests for his famous five-course suppers?
- 1.1 (seat oneself or be seated) Sit down: she invited them to be seated (as adjective seated) a dummy in a seated positionMore example sentences
- Start by seating yourself in a comfortable position in a quiet area.
- Rising slightly from his awkward position, he seated himself wearily on the bed, then pulled her down next to him.
- Sighing, she seated herself in her usual position in the Geography class and prepared herself for a long day.
- 1.2(Of a vehicle or building) have seats for (a specified number of people): the jet seats up to 175 passengersMore example sentences
- (By the way, the theatre seats three hundred and fifteen or six hundred and thirty over two nights).
- But estate cars usually seat just five, and this good-looking car seats seven.
- Business needs are well-catered for with seven meeting rooms and four theatres seating a maximum of 1340 people.
- 2 [with object and adverbial of place] Fit in position: upper boulders were simply seated in the interstices belowMore example sentences
- It would be unwise to assume that this test proves that you can get better pistol accuracy by simply seating the bullet out further.
- She flipped the second safety off before seating it in the holster and stood up.
- When installed properly, your Toyota hubcaps should be evenly seated around the edge of the wheel.
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- Start to take part in the business of an assembly after being elected: the House of Commons refused to allow him to take his seat although he had been duly electedMore example sentences
- National Assembly Speaker Park Kwan Yong was unable to take his seat to call the assembly into session and hold a floor vote because some 40 Uri Party lawmakers held him back.
- Not until 1886 was Bradlaugh, an avowed atheist, allowed to take his seat in Parliament.
- She will take her seat in the assembly from May 1.
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- The party has three seats out of 47 in greater Dublin, is much reduced in Cork and is seatless in several rural areas.
- This means that, ultimately, the new Verso cannot become a seatless, low-floored delivery van in the way the old one could.
- Each Spartan cell has a seatless toilet, a small sink and metal bed bolted into the wall.
Middle English (as a noun): from Old Norse sæti, from the Germanic base of sit. The verb dates from the late 16th century.