seat

Definitions

  • Showing the seating and a quarter section of the underlying chambers
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v seat show to a seat; assign a seat for "The host seated me next to Mrs. Smith"
    • v seat place in or on a seat "the mother seated the toddler on the high chair"
    • v seat place or attach firmly in or on a base "seat the camera on the tripod"
    • v seat provide with seats "seat a concert hall"
    • v seat put a seat on a chair
    • v seat place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position "there was a ceremony to induct the president of the Academy"
    • v seat be able to seat "The theater seats 2,000"
    • n seat any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit) "he dusted off the seat before sitting down"
    • n seat furniture that is designed for sitting on "there were not enough seats for all the guests"
    • n seat the cloth covering for the buttocks "the seat of his pants was worn through"
    • n seat a part of a machine that supports or guides another part
    • n seat the legal right to sit as a member in a legislative or similar body "he was elected to a seat in the Senate"
    • n seat the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on "he deserves a good kick in the butt","are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
    • n seat the location (metaphorically speaking) where something is based "the brain is said to be the seat of reason"
    • n seat a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane) "he booked their seats in advance","he sat in someone else's place"
    • n seat a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing seating and steps; showing arches Showing seating and steps; showing arches
Seated at the table Seated at the table
Kiln Door Construction. Doors Seated. Wood Construction Kiln Door Construction. Doors Seated. Wood Construction
Kiln Door Construction. Doors Seated. Fire-proof Construction Kiln Door Construction. Doors Seated. Fire-proof Construction
A seated man smokes and forms a letter C A seated man smokes and forms a letter C
Isolde, seated on a sham rock, awaiting the coming of her lover. Alas! all ends unharpily Isolde, seated on a sham rock, awaiting the coming of her lover. Alas! all ends unharpily
I amused myself by dropping gingerbread nuts over the seat I amused myself by dropping gingerbread nuts over the seat
Catharine stands behind the seated king Catharine stands behind the seated king

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1953, racecar driver Tim Flock raced at Nascar with a monkey in the seat beside him
    • Seat (Mach) A part or surface on which another part or surface rests; as, a valve seat .
    • Seat A sitting; a right to sit; regular or appropriate place of sitting; as, a seat in a church; a seat for the season in the opera house.
    • Seat Posture, or way of sitting, on horseback. "She had so good a seat and hand she might be trusted with any mount."
    • Seat That part of a thing on which a person sits; as, the seat of a chair or saddle; the seat of a pair of pantaloons.
    • Seat The place occupied by anything, or where any person or thing is situated, resides, or abides; a site; an abode, a station; a post; a situation. "Where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is.""He that builds a fair house upon an ill seat committeth himself to prison.""A seat of plenty, content, and tranquillity."
    • Seat The place or thing upon which one sits; hence; anything made to be sat in or upon, as a chair, bench, stool, saddle, or the like. "And Jesus . . . overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves."
    • Seat To assign a seat to, or the seats of; to give a sitting to; as, to seat a church, or persons in a church.
    • Seat To cause to occupy a post, site, situation, or the like; to station; to establish; to fix; to settle. "Thus high . . . is King Richard seated .""They had seated themselves in New Guiana."
    • Seat To fix; to set firm. "From their foundations, loosening to and fro,
      They plucked the seated hills."
    • Seat To place on a seat; to cause to sit down; as, to seat one's self. "The guests were no sooner seated but they entered into a warm debate."
    • Seat To put a seat or bottom in; as, to seat a chair.
    • v. i Seat To rest; to lie down.
    • Seat To settle; to plant with inhabitants; as to seat a country.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest wedding chapel in Las Vegas is the Viva Las Vegas Chapel, which can seat 100 people
    • n Seat sēt that on which one sits: a chair, bench, &c.: the place or room where one sits, as in church, at a theatre, &c.: site: a place where anything is settled or established: post of authority: station: abode: a mansion: that part of the body or of a garment on which one sits: posture or situation on horseback: a right to sit: membership: sitting-room: a sitting: a sitting of eggs
    • v.t Seat to place on a seat: to cause to sit down: to place in any situation, site, &c.: to establish: to fix: to assign a seat to: to furnish with seats: to fit accurately: to repair by making a seat new
    • v.i Seat to lie down
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Quotations

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    “It's only the view from where you sit that makes you feel defeat. Life is full of many aisles, so why don't you change your seat?”
  • Source Unknown
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    “If you stand up to be counted, someone will take your seat.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.”
  • Walter Winchell
    Walter Winchell
    “Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
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    “To rule is not so much a question of the heavy hand as the firm seat.”
  • Austin O'Malley
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    “An Englishmen thinks seated; a Frenchmen standing; an American pacing, an Irishman, afterwards.”

Idioms

Bums on seats - The people who have paid to watch a performance are bums on seats.
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By the seat of your pants - If you do something by the seat of your pants, you achieve something, but only by a narrow margin or do something without advance preparation.
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Fly by the seat of one's pants - If you fly by the seat of one's pants, you do something difficult even though you don't have the experience or training required.
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In the catbird seat - (USA) If someone is in the catbird seat, they are in an advantageous or superior position.
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In the driver's seat - If you are in the driver's seat, you are in charge of something or in control of a situation.
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In the hot seat - If someone's in the hot seat, they are the target for a lot of unwelcome criticism and examination.
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Ringside seat - If you have a ringside seat, you can observe something from a very close and clear position.
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Take a back seat - If you take a back seat to something or someone, you are surbordinate.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sete, Icel. sæti,; akin to Sw. säte, Dan. sæde, MHG. sāze, AS. set, setl, and E. sit,. √154. See Sit, and cf. Settle (n.)

Usage

In literature:

They made the seat under the canopy seem a seat in heaven.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Simon, Abbat of S. Albans (1167-1183), seated at his book-chest.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
They were seated like this when the door opened and Byrne shewed in Mr. Pinckney.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
The king, having taken his seat, requested the others to be seated also.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
They desired to take their seats in the diet, and to join with the Germans in political reform.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
In a few moments the two were seated facing each other, and Rebecca's needles were already busy.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
His summers were passed at the splendid country-seats of ministers and peers.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Then she went to an old garden seat, touched it tenderly, and stood looking down at it for some seconds.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
In fractures of deep-seated bones, discoloration may only show on the surface after some days, and at a distance from the break.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
An hour passed and Lord Chetwynde came down, and the two took their seats at the breakfast-table.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
He started talking in a low tone to the man seated next to him.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
She seated herself between two women, both of whom had small children on their laps.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Stan crossed the room and seated himself.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
But the captain, waving the way, piloted them to a corner, got them seated and stood, pad in hand.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
The young man seated beside Estridge in the sleigh smoked continually.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
The daughters climbed down, seated themselves on the doorstep, and cried for their mother.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
Supposing we place it side by side with mine under the seat?
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
When she returned a few minutes later she found Mr. Merryvale seated in the rocker while Aunt Maggie stood by the table.
"The Shadow" by Mary White Ovington
Seated in an open carriage, Doctor Sixtus journeyed toward the Highlands.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
Louie took his seat in silence, but it was plain he did not enjoy the insolence of the cowboy.
"The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop" by Hamlin Garland
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In poetry:

Earth was to us a seat of war,
In thrones of triumph now we are.
We long'd to see our Jesus dear,
And sought him there, but find him here.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
High on a hill of dazzling light
The King of glory spreads his seat,
And troops of angels stretched for flight
Stand waiting round his awful feet.
"Hymn 18" by Isaac Watts
Who was lord of yon beautiful seat;
Yon woods which are tow'ring so high?
Who spread the rich board for the great,
Yet listen'd to pity's soft sigh?
"The Banks Of Wye - Book II" by Robert Bloomfield
So I knew that my darling, though not with me,
Is in heaven an angel bright;
And the form that climbs up to his seat on my knee
Is the shadow of him to-night.
"Those Footsteps" by Alexander Anderson
And he smiles as he climbs to his seat on my knee,
To whisper his childish mirth;
Then clasps my neck—though you may not see,
For my darling is not of earth.
"Those Footsteps" by Alexander Anderson
His streaming griefs my Grizzie sees,
She sprang like light'ning frae her seat,
Cried, while she claspt the mourner's knees,
'Your Helen's daughter's at your feet?'
"The Pastoral, Or Lyric Muse Of Scotland. Canto Third. Dornock Ha'. A Ballad" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

There are 8 names on the ballot for the 116th district seat, left vacant when Steven Palazzo won a seat in Congress.
Last year's Ayersville basketball reserved seat holders are asked to purchase their seats by Nov 14th.
Years ago, a young Wilbur Barnes was on his way to school when a bus driver told him to walk past the empty seats in the front and take a seat in the back because he was black.
The runoff election for the City Council Ward 2 seat is scheduled for April 5, and the two candidates vying for the seat are preparing for the final two weeks of campaigning.
In just a matter of weeks Montana State University set out to raise 8 million dollars for a stadium expansion that will increase the seating at the stadium by 2500 seats.
Season-ticket holders at Lambeau Field have the chance to upgrade their seats to a spot in the new seating section currently under construction.
The 11-game plan starts at $209 per seat, and the 22-game plan starts at $418 per seat.
WestSide Baby provides car seats and booster seats to local children in need.
Because seats must fit a child in order to provide the needed protection in a crash, most children will have at least 3 seats in their lifetime.
Booster seats are aimed at kids who are too big for traditional car seats but too small to be properly restrained by seat belts alone.
This 1972 Corvette LT-1 coupe gets its car seats restored with new leather seat covers, new foam, and refurbished seat frames installed.
Summit Racing Sport Seat Combo Seats .
Summit Racing Sport Seat Combo Old Seats .
But if, by some small chance Colbert is not selected, he could still run for the seat outright when both of the South Carolina seats are up for grabs in 2014.
Safety Tubs Seated Safety Shower is a 60"x30"x37" acrylic seated shower with low 3" threshold.
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In science:

Cumulated results for Timetabling and Seating are provided in Tables 1 and 2, respectively.
Design and Implementation of Aggregate Functions in the DLV System
On Seating, the difference became even more significant.
Design and Implementation of Aggregate Functions in the DLV System
The computational bene fits for this problem are not as drama tic as for Timetabling and Seating, but still quite notable.
Design and Implementation of Aggregate Functions in the DLV System
In the present case, the emitter seats in a real empty cavity of radius R.
Dipole emission from a real cavity in a random medium. Fluorescence in a homogeneous medium II
For example, vesc,surf /cs ∼ 5 in the Solar corona, which is the seat of the Solar wind (e.g., Lemaire 2011).
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
Uniformly random attachment appears, for instance, if people choose random seats and strike up conversations with their neighbors, or are assigned to random classrooms; random attachment also occurs, by design, in some peer-to-peer protocols.
Topological phase transition in a network model with preferential attachment and node removal
When I sat on the chair earlier and I felt a little of the heat that came from my "pre-seated" it grazed me a little.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
Combining these results, we see that we have the following construction for the customer seating patterns.
Clusters and features from combinatorial stochastic processes
Each entering passenger has a ticket with a seat number, but the order of passengers in the initial queue is random (this is our random permutation).
Lectures on integrable probability
For example, the dKB model supposes that the wind is seated at a large distance (∼ 1018 cm) from the central engine.
Dynamics of line-driven disk winds in Active Galactic Nuclei
Here he suggests that the neural electromagnetic field might be the seat of consciousness.
A review of Johnjoe McFadden's book ``Quantum Evolution''
Interesting possibility appears in the case when the resonance is seated on 0.1% width luminosity peak – one could resolve the stoponium exited states.
New Physics Working Group Summary of LCWS2000 at FNAL
Where the fibers are plugged into a mount plate already attached to the telescope, as with the Fruit & Fiber instrument, careful manipulation should ensure the seating error is negligible.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
Standard quantum field theory predicts that seemingly empty space is the seat of field fluctuations corresponding to a Gaussian random process, with a specified variance for each mode k.
Astrophysical and Cosmological Tests of Quantum Theory
The true seat of the fundamental underlying physics is to be found in QED processes.
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper
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