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seat

noun \ ˈsēt \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of seat

1 a :a special chair of one in eminence; also :the status represented by it
b :a chair, stool, or bench intended to be sat in or on
c :the particular part of something on which one rests in sitting
  • the seat of a chair
  • trouser seat
2 a :a seating accommodation
  • a seat for the game
  • a 200-seat restaurant
b :a right of sitting
  • lost his seat in Congress
c :membership on an exchange
3 a :a place where something specified is prevalent :center
  • a seat of learning
b :a place from which authority is exercised
  • the county seat
c :a bodily part in which some function or condition is centered
  • the brain as the seat of the mind
4 :posture in or way of sitting on horseback
5 a :a part at or forming the base of something
b :a part (such as a socket) or surface on or in which another part or surface rests
by the seat of one's pants
:using experience and intuition rather than mechanical aids or formal theory

Examples of seat in a Sentence

  1. There were seats for six people at the table.

  2. a car with leather seats

  3. He used the box as a seat.

  4. He couldn't find his seat in the concert hall.

  5. The city recently built a new 1,000-seat theater.

  6. She booked a seat on the next flight to Rome.

  7. The stool's seat is broken.

  8. The chairs have woven seats.

  9. The Democrats gained two more seats in the last election.

  10. She won a Senate seat.

Origin and Etymology of seat

Middle English sete, from Old Norse sæti; akin to Old English gesete seat, sittan to sit

seat Synonyms

Synonyms
command, headquarters
Related Words
high command; center, home; capital

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms


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seat

verb

Definition of seat

transitive verb
1 a :to install in a seat of dignity or office
b (1) :to cause to sit or assist in finding a seat
(2) :to provide seats for
  • a theater seating 1000 persons
c :to put in a sitting position
2 :to repair the seat of or provide a new seat for
3 :to fit to or with a seat
  • seat a valve
intransitive verb
1 archaic :to take one's seat or place
2 :to fit correctly on a seat

Examples of seat in a Sentence

  1. I could seat you here if you wish.

  2. The plans call for a stadium seating 30,000 people.

Recent Examples of seat from the Web

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First Known Use of seat

1586

seat Synonyms

Synonyms
set down, sit
Related Words
ensconce, settle; lay, lie, rest; place, put; recline, repose
Near Antonyms
can, discharge, fire, terminate; muster out

Financial Definition of SEAT

seat

What It Is

A seat is a license to trade on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, either as an agent for someone else or for his or her own personal accounts (in which case, the person is called a floor trader).

How It Works

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE, also known as the Big Board) is the first and most popular stock exchange in the world. It was created in 1792 when two dozen stockbrokers and merchants signed the Buttonwood Agreement. Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and derivatives all trade on the NYSE.

The NYSE is an auction market where brokers and specialists buy and sell securities for people by matching the highest bidding price with the lowest selling price. When an investor wishes to buy or sell a security listed on the NYSE, he or she "places a trade" or an "order" by calling her broker or going to her online trading account. In either case, the order goes to a broker, who can get the order to the exchange several ways -- through a regional exchange, electronic communications network or directly to the NYSE. No matter how, the order eventually reaches the floor of the NYSE where floor brokers and specialists handle transactions.

Floor brokers execute buy and sell orders on behalf of their clients or the firms they work for. If you wanted to sell some shares of Company XYZ, for example, you might call your broker down the street and place a sell order. Your broker might in turn route the order to one of his firm's floor brokers who are actually on the floor of the exchange. The floor broker approaches the Company XYZ specialist (see below) and executes the trade. Some floor brokers are independent, meaning that they are not employed by any brokerage firm, but provide services to brokerage firms (that is, they work for themselves). In either case, floor brokers are the people doing most of the shouting on the trading floor.

Being a floor broker requires owning a seat on the NYSE.

Why It Matters

Seat holders help ensure an orderly market, which is one of the pillars of a stable financial system. For many, a seat on the NYSE is a symbol of all that is Wall Street. It is the place where fortunes are made and lost, and where the free market can be seen in its most tangible form. The NYSE manages the transfer of trading seats and determines which companies qualify for listing on the exchange. It also investigates and prosecutes violations of NYSE and federal securities regulations and can censure, fine, suspend, expel or bar members.

Although the NYSE expends considerable effort monitoring seat holders, they are also subject to a considerable amount of regulation from several federal agencies, such as the Federal Reserve, and from a host of laws, such as the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.


SEAT Defined for English Language Learners

seat

noun

Definition of seat for English Language Learners

  • : something (such as a chair) that you sit on : a place for sitting

  • : the part of a chair or other piece of furniture that a person sits on

  • : the part of a piece of clothing (such as a skirt or pair of pants) that you sit on


seat

verb

Definition of seat for English Language Learners

  • : to give (a person) a place to sit

  • : to have enough seats for (a certain number of people)


SEAT Defined for Kids

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seat

noun \ ˈsēt \

Definition of seat for Students

1 :something (as a chair) used to sit in or on
2 :the part of something on which a person sits
  • a chair seat
  • There's a tear on the seat of my pants.
3 :the place on or at which a person sits
  • Take your seat.
4 :a place that serves as a capital or center
  • a seat of government

seated

\ˈsēt-əd\ adjective

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seat

verb

Definition of seat for Students

seated; seating
1 :to place in or on a seat
  • Ushers seated the guests.
2 :to have enough places to sit for
  • The hall seats 500 people.

Medical Dictionary

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seat

noun \ ˈsēt \

medical Definition of seat

:a part or surface especially in dentistry on or in which another part or surface rests — see rest seat

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seat

transitive verb

medical Definition of seat

:to provide with or position on a dental seat
intransitive verb
:to fit correctly on a dental seat


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