1. something for sitting on, as a chair or bench; the place on or in which one sits.
2. the part of a chair 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.
5. manner of sitting, as on horseback.
6. that on which the base of anything rests.
7. the base itself.
8. Carpentry any surface of intended contact, as the prepared bearing of a beam.
9. a place in which something prevails or is established: a seat of learning.
10. an established place or centre, as of government.
11. a part of the body considered as the place in which a function or emotion is situated: the head is the seat of the intellect.
12. site, location, or locality.
13. abode or residence, especially a country mansion with parkland.
14. the throne or authority of a king, bishop, etc.
15. a place for a spectator in a theatre or the like.
16. right of admittance to such a place, especially as indicated by ticket.
17. a right to sit as a member in a legislative or similar body as the House of Representatives.
18. a right to the privileges of membership in a stock exchange or the like.
19. a parliamentary constituency.
20. a directorship of a limited company.
21. take a seat, to sit down.
-- verb (t)
22. to place on a seat or seats; cause to sit down.
23. to find seats for; accommodate with seats: a hall that seats a thousand persons.
24. to put a seat on or into (a chair, a garment, etc.).
25. to fix firmly or accurately in a particular place.
26. to put in a position of authority or in a legislative body.
27. to commit pederasty on.
[ME sete, from Scandinavian; cf. Icel. sæti, c. OE sæt position for ambush, G Gesäss ]
-- seater, noun