seat·​ing | \ˈsē-tiŋ \

Definition of seating 

1a : material for covering or upholstering seats

b : a seat on or in which something rests a valve seating

2 : the act of providing with seats

Examples of seating in a Sentence

There won't be enough seating for everyone. The auditorium has seating for 400. There is additional seating on the deck. The auditorium has a seating capacity of 400. There are two seatings for tea. We bought tickets for the 5:30 seating of the show.
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Duke University, Durham, N.C. Duke University is dominated by Collegiate Gothic buildings, most notably the towering, 210-foot-high Duke Chapel, with a 50-bell carillon, three pipe organs, and seating for no fewer than 1,800 people. Condé Nast Traveler, "The 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America," 6 Aug. 2018 The waste was then recycled into 28 floating hexagonal blocks that are bolted together to create little floating islands that can be used as seating for visitors or plant beds for growing greens. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This floating park is made entirely from recycled plastic," 16 July 2018 The restaurant is small — there are eight seats at the bar and two seatings for dinner (5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.). Grace Wong,, "Omakase Yume brings chefs' choice sushi to the West Loop, plus other restaurant news," 10 July 2018 The in-stadium seating for that club is also unusual. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "NFL stadiums are more luxurious than ever. Here's how the Panthers could keep up.," 5 July 2018 The quartz counter tops carry over to the kitchen's large island, which has wraparound seating under the decorative light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Airiness in craftsman-style home creates inviting, family-centered space," 5 July 2018 Expanded seating for Dos Ranchitos Cocina, the cafeteria-style Mexican restaurant at the front of the store. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "How to score free groceries and gifts at Phoenix Food City on July 4 and 11," 3 July 2018 The main lobby includes a full-service complimentary coffee bar and 63-foot-by-9-foot living green wall, as well as a town hall space with an open layout of conference rooms with operable partitions and bleacher seating for large events. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Rebrands to BSE Global," 7 June 2018 In addition, members will have private seating on the clubhouse lawn with drink service adjacent to the tournament practice green and on-site valet parking. Shelia Poole, ajc, "Members can get a luxury experience at the Tour Championship," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of seating

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of seating was in 1761

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English Language Learners Definition of seating

: seats or places to sit

: a scheduled time when people are allowed into a performance, a meal, etc.

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