[ seet ]
/ sit /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

(of a cap, valve, etc.) to be closed or in proper position: Be sure that the cap of the dipstick seats.

Nearby words

  1. seasoned,
  2. seasoning,
  3. seasons,
  4. seasons, the,
  5. seastrand,
  6. seat belt,
  7. seat of the pants, by the,
  8. seat-of-the-pants,
  9. seatback,
  10. seater


    by the seat of one's pants, using experience, instinct, or guesswork.

Origin of seat

1150–1200; Middle English sete (noun) < Old Norse sæti

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seat

British Dictionary definitions for seat


/ (siːt) /



Derived Formsseatless, adjective

Word Origin for seat

Old English gesete; related to Old Norse sæti, Old High German gasāzi, Middle Dutch gesaete

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Word Origin and History for seat
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Idioms and Phrases with seat


In addition to the idiom beginning with seat

  • seat of the pants, by the

also see:

  • backseat driver
  • catbird seat
  • hot seat
  • in the driver's seat
  • ringside seat
  • take a back seat
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