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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Recent Examples on the Web

Visitors will be allowed to bring lawn chairs, as limited bleacher seating will be available, according to the event’s website. Rick Kambic,, "Chicago Bears announce ticketing process for practice at Vernon Hills High School," 11 July 2018 Despite such complaints, stool seating is often a moneymaker. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Pull Up a Stool: Restaurants Squeeze in More Seats," 4 July 2018 The seating is flexible, with a sliding second-row seat and a two-passenger third-row seat, which is standard on front-drive models and available on all-wheel-drive versions for $500. star-telegram, "VW’s second-generation Tiguan crossover starts at $24,595, has room for up to seven," 23 June 2018 However, seating is limited and tickets are required. Luke Broadwater,, "Marilyn Mosby, Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah to debate in Baltimore state's attorney race," 7 June 2018 The facility, which has a seating capacity of about 200, is meant to evoke beach and industrial vibes, Hadjis said. Ben Brazil,, "San Clemente’s Left Coast Brewing Co. opens an Irvine location," 12 July 2018 Anticipating a larger turnout, U-T event organizer Jada Scarbrough said seating capacity and the number of panels will be increased. Olivia Ralph,, "Olivia's Report: U-T to host second annual San Diego Festival of Books," 5 July 2018 The Joyce Theater, with a seating capacity of 472, is one of them. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Ballet Today, the Good and the Bad, on Display at the Joyce," 29 June 2018 Designed for flexibility, the 200,000-square-foot venue incorporates innovative moveable walls that can expand and contract to create four different seating capacities that range from an intimate setting of 3,000 seats to a maximum of 6,400. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land touts success in year-in-review," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of seating

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Phrases Related to seating

seating arrangement/plan

seating plan

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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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