- search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Origin of SETI
First recorded in 1975–80
- a combining form meaning “bristle”; used in the formation of compound words: setiform.
Origin of seti-
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Examples from the Web for seti
Was not the temple of Seti more indebted to him than to any one?
Every teacher in these institutions belonged to the priesthood of the House of Seti.
The temple of Seti proper was a massive structure of limestone.
"They said so in the temple of Seti, whence I have just come," replied Paaker.
I must and will punish you—and I do so by requesting you to leave the House of Seti this very day.
- Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence; the attempt to detect signals, esp radiowaves or light, from an intelligent extraterrestrial source
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A program devoted to the search for signals from other parts of the galaxy that would indicate the presence of advanced technological civilizations. Over the years, it has sometimes been funded by NASA, sometimes by private organizations.
SETI involves scanning radio waves for signals, but it has found none to date.
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