- 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: we have a fairly small theater with about 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.
- 1.3A place in an elected legislative or other body: he lost his seat in the 1998 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.
- 1.4A site or location of something specified: Washington, the seat of the federal governmentMore 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.
- 1.6 short for county seat.
- 2A person’s buttocks.More example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Arrange for (someone) to sit somewhere: he seated her next to her husbandMore 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 place such as a theater or restaurant) have seats for (a specified number of people): a large tent that seats 100 to 150 peopleMore 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.
- 1.3Fit 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.
by the seat of one's pants
- • informal By instinct rather than logic or knowledge.More example sentences
- The steering is utterly lifeless, which means you have to steer by sight rather than by the seat of your pants.
- The rest of the trip will be conducted by the seat of our pants.
- But wars never proceed according to plan; they are always fought by the seat of one's pants, through constant improvisation.
take one's seat
- Sit down, typically in a seat assigned to one.More 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.