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SEIGN-IOR-AGE, n. [see'nyorage.]

A royal right or prerogative of the king of England, by which he claims an allowance of gold and silver brought in the mass to be exchanged for coin. Encyc.


the same as Seigneurial.

SEIGN-IOR-IZE, v.t. [see'nyorize.]

To lord it over. [Little used.] – Halifax.

SEIGN-IOR-Y, n. [see'nyory; Fr. seigneurie.]

  1. A lordship; a manor. – Davies. Encyc.
  2. The power or authority of a lord; dominion. O'Neal never had any seignory over that country, but what he got by encroachment upon the English. – Spenser.

SEIN, n. [Sax. segne; Fr. seine; Arm. seigne; L. sagena; Gr. σαγηνη.]

A large net for catching fish. The seins used for takings hat in the Connecticut, sometimes sweep nearly the whole breadth of the river.


A fisher with a sein or net. [Not much used.] – Carew.

SE-IS-MOM'E-TER, n. [Gr. σεισμος.]

An instrument for measuring the shock of an earthquake, and other concussions. – Edin. Phil. Trans.

SE'I-TY, n. [L. se, one's self.]

Something peculiar to a man's self. [Not well authorized.] – Totler.


That may be seized; liable to be taken.

SEIZE, v.t. [Fr. saisir; Arm. seisza or sesya; probably allied to assess, and to sit, set. The sense is to fall on, to throw one's self on, which is nearly the primary sense of set. It must be noticed that this word, in writers on law is usually written seise; as also in composition, disseise, disseisin, redisseise. But except in law, it is usually or always written seize. It is desirable that the orthography should be uniform.]

  1. To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold on; or gripe or grasp suddenly. The tiger rushes from the thicket and seizes his prey. A dog seizes an animal by the throat. The hawk seizes a chicken with his claws. The office seizes a thief.
  2. To take possession by force, with or without right. At last they seize / The scepter, and regard not David's son. – Milton.
  3. To invade suddenly; to take hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient. And hope and doubt alternate seize her soul. – Pope.
  4. To take possession by virtue of a warrant or legal authority. The sherif seized the debtor's goods; the whole estate was seized and confiscated. We say, to arrest a person; to seize goods.
  5. To fasten; to fix. In seamen's language, to fasten two ropes or different parts of one rope together with a cord. – Mar. Dict. To be seized of, to have possession; as, a griffin seized of his prey. A. B. was seized and possessed of the manor of Dale. – Spenser. To seize on or upon, is to fall on and grasp, to take hold on; to take possession. Matth. xxi.

SEIZ-ED, pp.

Suddenly caught or grasped; taken by force; invaded suddenly; taken possession of; fastened with a cord; having possession.


One that seizes.

SEIZ-IN, n. [Fr. saisine.]

  1. In law, possession. Seizin is of two sorts, seizin in deed or fact, and seizin in law. Seizin in fact or deed, is actual corporal possession; seizin in law, is when something is done which the law accounts possession or seizin, as enrollment, or when lands descend to an heir, but he has not yet entered on them. In this case, the law considers the heir as seized of the estate, and the person who wrongfully enters on the land is accounted a disseizor. – Cowel. Encyc.
  2. The act of taking possession. [Not used except in law.]
  3. The thing possessed; possession. – Hale. Livery of seizin. [See Livery.] Primer seizin. [See Primer.]


  1. The act of taking or grasping suddenly.
  2. In seamen's language, the operation of fastening together ropes with a cord; also, the cord or cords used for such fastening. – Mar. Dict.

SEIZ-ING, ppr.

Falling on and grasping suddenly; laying hold on suddenly; taking possession by force, or taking by warrant; fastening.


One who seizes. – Wheaton.


  1. The act of seizing; the act of laying hold on suddenly; as, the seizure of a thief.
  2. The act of taking possession by force; as, the seizure of lands or goods; the seizure of a town by an enemy; the seizure of a throne by an usurper.
  3. The act of taking by warrant; as, the seizure of contraband goods.
  4. The thing taken or seized. – Milton.
  5. Gripe; grasp; possession. Aud give me seizure of the mighty wealth. – Dryden.
  6. Catch; a catching; Let there be no sudden seizure of a lapsed syllable, to play upon it. – Watts.


In heraldry, sitting, like a cat with the fore feet straight; applied to a lion or other beast. – Encyc.

SE-JOIN, v.t.

To separate. [Not English.]

SE-JU'GOUS, a. [L. sejugis; sex, six, and jugum, yoke.]

In botany, a sejugous leaf is a pinnate leaf having six pairs of leaflets.

SE-JUNC'TION, n. [L. sejunctio; se, from, and jungo, to join.]

The act of disjointing; a disuniting; separation. [Little used.] Pearson.

SE-JUNG'I-BLE, a. [supra.]

That may be disjointed. [Little used.] – Pearson.

SEKE, v.

for Sick. [Obs. See Sick.] Chaucer.

SE'KOS, n. [Gr.]

A place in a temple in which pagans in closed the images of their deities.

SEL'A-GRAPH, n. [Qu.]

The section of a building to show the inner part.