something designed to support a person in a sitting position, as a chair, bench, or pew; a place on or in which one sits.
the part of a chair, sofa, or the like, on which one sits.
the part of the body on which one sits; the buttocks.
the part of the garment covering it:the seat of one's pants.
a manner of or posture used in sitting, as on a horse.
something on which the base of an object rests.
the base itself.
a place in which something belongs, occurs, or is established; site; location.
a place in which administrative power or the like is centered: the seat of the government.
a part of the body considered as the place in which an emotion or function is centered: The heart is the seat of passion.
the office or authority of a king, bishop, etc.: the episcopal seat.
a space in which a spectator or patron may sit; accommodation for sitting, as in a theater or stadium.
right of admittance to such a space, especially as indicated by a ticket.
a right to sit as a member in a legislative or similar body: to hold a seat in the senate.
a right to the privileges of membership in a stock exchange or the like.
to place on a seat or seats; cause to sit down.
to usher to a seat or find a seat for: to be seated in the front row.
to have seats for; accommodate with seats: a theater that seats 1200 people.
to put a seat on or into (a chair, garment, etc.).
to install in a position or office of authority, in a legislative body, etc.
to fit (a valve) with a seat.
to attach to or place firmly in or on something as a base: Seat the telescope on the tripod.
(of a cap, valve, etc.) to be closed or in proper position: Be sure that the cap of the dipstick seats.
Idioms about seat
by the seat of one's pants, using experience, instinct, or guesswork.
- seater, noun
- seatless, adjective
- mis·seat, verb (used with object)
- un·der·seat·ed, adjective
- well-seated, adjective
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How to use seat in a sentence
If Biden wins the election, the Democratic Party will almost certainly gain seats in the US Senate.
Right now, people think like, “All right, I go past this place and all these seats are outside and people are hanging out.”Tom Colicchio Hopes (and Fears) COVID-19 Will Change the Restaurant Industry | Pallabi Munsi | September 16, 2020 | Ozy
We use each seat’s predicted probabilities to run simulations of the 2018 congressional elections.The Forecast: The Methodology Behind Our 2020 Election Model | Daniel Malloy | September 10, 2020 | Ozy
By that point, Perry had reclaimed his seat on the board of Energy Transfer and acquired its stock.
For the past three years, the share of new board seats filled by nonwhite candidates has remained stalled at 23%.Nearly half of open board seats went to women in 2019. Only 23% were filled by people of color | ehinchliffe | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
They want to change bad behaviors—tobacco, alcohol, using a seat belt, anything.
On the Democratic side, many expect former Rep. Mike McMahon to make another run at the seat.
Interestingly, if Grimm is expelled, he is not legally prohibited from running in the special election for his seat.
This means every Senate seat will be Republican, and 80 percent of the House seats will be, too.
There, he allegedly pulled her into the back seat of his black Pontiac.
Aristide replaced the baby, and with a complicated arrangement of string fastened it securely to the seat.
Pierre Van Cortlandt, a distinguished revolutionary patriot, died at his seat at Croton river, aged 94.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Aristide clambered back to his seat, took the child on his knees, and commiserated it profoundly.
He deposited it on the vacant seat, clambered up behind the wheel, and started.
De Castellor was now in his seat; and when Castanos came off; the Duke was stunned into stupor, overcome by the illimitable ruin.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
British Dictionary definitions for seat
a piece of furniture designed for sitting on, such as a chair or sofa
the part of a chair, bench, etc, on which one sits
a place to sit, esp one that requires a ticket: I have two seats for the film tonight
the part of a garment covering the buttocks
the part or area serving as the base of an object
the part or surface on which the base of an object rests
the place or centre in which something is located: a seat of government
a place of abode, esp a country mansion that is or was originally the chief residence of a family
a membership or the right to membership in a legislative or similar body
mainly British a parliamentary constituency
membership in a stock exchange
the manner in which a rider sits on a horse
by the seat of one's pants by instinct rather than knowledge or experience
on seat Western African informal (of officials) in the office rather than on tour or on leave: the agricultural advisor will be on seat tomorrow
(tr) to bring to or place on a seat; cause to sit down
(tr) to provide with seats
(tr; often passive) to place or centre: the ministry is seated in the capital
(tr) to set firmly in place
(tr) to fix or install in a position of power
(tr) to put a seat on or in (an item of furniture, garment, etc)
(intr) (of garments) to sag in the area covering the buttocks: your thin skirt has seated badly
- seatless, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with seat
In addition to the idiom beginning with seat
- seat of the pants, by the
- backseat driver
- catbird seat
- hot seat
- in the driver's seat
- ringside seat
- take a back seat
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