Pronunciation: (sēt), [key]
1. something designed to support a person in a sitting position, as a chair, bench, or pew; a place on or in which one sits.
2. the part of a chair, sofa, or the like, on which one sits.
3. the part of the body on which one sits; the buttocks.
4. the part of the garment covering it: the seat of one's pants.
5. a manner of or posture used in sitting, as on a horse.
6. something on which the base of an object rests.
7. the base itself.
8. a place in which something belongs, occurs, or is established; site; location.
9. a place in which administrative power or the like is centered: the seat of the government.
10. a part of the body considered as the place in which an emotion or function is centered: The heart is the seat of passion.
11. the office or authority of a king, bishop, etc.: the episcopal seat.
12. a space in which a spectator or patron may sit; accommodation for sitting, as in a theater or stadium.
13. right of admittance to such a space, esp. as indicated by a ticket.
14. a right to sit as a member in a legislative or similar body: to hold a seat in the senate.
15. a right to the privileges of membership in a stock exchange or the like.
16. by the seat of one's pants, using experience, instinct, or guesswork.
1. to place on a seat or seats; cause to sit down.
2. to usher to a seat or find a seat for: to be seated in the front row.
3. to have seats for; accommodate with seats: a theater that seats 1200 people.
4. to put a seat on or into (a chair, garment, etc.).
5. to install in a position or office of authority, in a legislative body, etc.
6. to fit (a valve) with a seat.
7. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.