from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something, such as a chair or bench, that may be sat on.
- n. A place in which one may sit.
- n. The right to occupy such a place or a ticket indicating this right: got seats for the concert.
- n. The part on which one rests in sitting: a bicycle seat.
- n. The buttocks.
- n. The part of a garment that covers the buttocks.
- n. A part serving as the base of something else.
- n. The surface or part on which another part sits or rests.
- n. The place where something is located or based: The heart is the seat of the emotions.
- n. A center of authority; a capital: the county seat. See Synonyms at center.
- n. A place of abode or residence, especially a large house that is part of an estate: the squire's country seat.
- n. Membership in an organization, such as a legislative body or stock exchange, that is obtained by appointment, election, or purchase.
- n. The manner of sitting on a horse: a fox hunter with a good seat.
- transitive v. To place in or on a seat.
- transitive v. To cause or assist to sit down: The ushers will seat the members of the bride's family.
- transitive v. To provide with a particular seat: The usher seated me in the back row.
- transitive v. To have or provide seats for: We can seat 300 in the auditorium.
- transitive v. To install in a position of authority or eminence.
- transitive v. To fix firmly in place: seat an ammunition clip in an automatic rifle.
- intransitive v. To rest on or fit into another part: The O-rings had not seated correctly in their grooves.
- idiom by the seat of (one's) pants Slang In a manner based on intuition and experience rather than method: He ran the business by the seat of his pants.
- idiom by the seat of (one's) pants Slang Without the use of instruments: an inexperienced pilot who had to fly the aircraft by the seat of her pants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A place in which to sit.
- n. The horizontal portion of a chair or other furniture designed for sitting.
- n. A piece of furniture made for sitting; e.g. a chair, stool or bench; any improvised place for sitting.
- n. The part of an object or individual (usually the buttocks) directly involved in sitting.
- n. The part of a piece of clothing (usually pants or trousers) covering the buttocks.
- n. A membership in an organization, particularly a representative body.
- n. The location of a governing body.
- n. an electoral district, especially for a national legislature.
- n. The starting point of a fire.
- v. To put an object into a place where it will rest.
- v. To provide places to sit.
- v. To rest; to lie down.
Middle English sete, probably from Old Norse sæti; see sed- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Old Norse sæti, compare Old English set (Wiktionary)