Dictionary: SEAT – SE-BAC'IC

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SEAT, v.t.

  1. To place on a seat; to cause to sit down. We seat ourselves; we seat our guests. The guests were no sooner seated but they entered into a warm debate. – Arbuthnot.
  2. To place in a post of authority, in office, or a place of distinction. He seated his son in the professor's chair. Then high was king Richard seated. – Shak.
  3. To settle; to fix in a particular place or country. A colony of Greeks seated themselves in the south of Italy; another at Massilia is Gaul.
  4. To fix; to set firm. From their foundations, loosening to and fro, / They pluck'd the seated hills. – Milton.
  5. To place in a church; to assign seats to. In New England, where the pews in churches are not private property, it is customary to seat families for a year or longer time; that is, assign and appropriate seats to their use.
  6. To appropriate the pews in, to particular families; as, to seat a church.
  7. To repair by making the seat new; as, to seat a garment.
  8. To settle; to plant with inhabitants; as, to seat a country. [Not much used.] – Stith, Virg.

SEAT-ED, pp.

Placed in a chair or on a bench, &c; set; fixed; settled; established; furnished with a seat.

SEA-TERM, n. [sea and term.]

A word or term used appropriately by seamen, or peculiar to the art of navigation.

SEA-THIEF, n. [sea and thief.]

A pirate. Bp. of Chichester.

SEAT-ING, ppr.

Placing on a seat; setting; settling; furnishing with a seat; having its seats assigned to individuals, as a church.

SEA-TOAD, n. [sea and toad.]

An ugly fish, so called. Cotgrave.

SEA-TORN, a. [sea and torn.]

Torn by or at sea. Browne.

SEA-TOSS-ED, a. [sea and tossed.]

Tossed by the sea. Shak.


Traveling by sea voyages.

SEA-UR-CHIN, n. [sea and urchin.]

A genus of marine animals, the Echinus, of many species. The body is roundish, covered with a bony crust, and often set with movable prickles. This and the sea-egg, and the sea-hedgehog, belong to the family of radiated animals. – Encyc.

SEAVES, n. [plur; Sw. säf; Dan. siv; Heb. סיף suf.]

Rushes. [Local.]

SEAV-Y, a.

Overgrown with rushes. [Local.]

SEA-WALL-ED, a. [sea and walled.]

Surrounded or defended by the sea. – Shak.

SEA-WARD, a. [sea and ward.]

Directed toward the sea. – Donne.

SEA-WARD, adv.

Toward the sea. – Drayton.

SEA-WA-TER, n. [sea and water.]

Water of the sea or ocean, which is salt. – Bacon.

SEA-WEED, n. [sea and weed.]

A marine plant of the genus Fucus, used as manure, and for making glass and soap. A common name for the marine algæ, and some other plants growing in salt water.



SEA-WOLF, n. [sea and wolf. See Wolf.]

A fish of the genus Anarrhicas, found in northern latitudes, about Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Scotland, England, &c. This fish is so named from its fierceness and ravenousness. It grows sometimes to the length of four and even seven feet, and feeds on crustaceous animals and shell fish. – Encyc.


A sort of wormwood growing by the sea, the Artemisia maritima. – Johnson. Lee.


Worn by service at sea.


The state of being able to resist the ordinary violence of wind and weather; as that of a ship. – Kent.

SEA-WOR-THY, a. [sea and worthy.]

Fit for a voyage; worthy of being trusted to transport a cargo with safety; as, a seaworthy ship.

SE-BA'CEOUS, a. [Low L. sebaceus, from sebum, sevum, tallow, W. saim. Qu. Eth. sebach, fat.]

Made of tallow or fat; pertaining to fat. Sebaceous humor, a suet-like or glutinous matter secreted by the sebaceous glands, which serves to defend the skin and keep it soft. – Coxe. Parr. Sebaceous glands, small glands seated in the cellular membrane under the skin, which secrete the sebaceous humor. – Parr.

SE-BAC'IC, a. [supra.]

In chimistry, pertaining to fat; obtained from fat; as, the sebacic acid. – Lavoisier.