(Se*date") a. [L. sedatus, p. p. of sedare, sedatum, to allay, calm, causative of sedere to sit.
See Sit.] Undisturbed by passion or caprice; calm; tranquil; serene; not passionate or giddy; composed; staid; as,
a sedate soul, mind, or temper.
Disputation carries away the mind from that calm and sedate temper which is so necessary to contemplate
Whatsoever we feel and knowWordsworth.
Too sedate for outward show.
Syn. Settled; composed; calm; quiet; tranquil; still; serene; unruffled; undisturbed; contemplative; sober; serious.
Se*date"ly, adv. Se*date"ness, n.
(Se*da"tion) n. [L. sedatio.] The act of calming, or the state of being calm. [R.] Coles.
(Sed"a*tive) a. [Cf. F. sédatif.] Tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize; specifically (Med.),
allaying irritability and irritation; assuaging pain.
(Sed"a*tive), n. (Med.) A remedy which allays irritability and irritation, and irritative activity or
(Se"dent) a. [L. sedens, - entis, p. pr. of sedere to sit. See Sit.] Sitting; inactive; quiet. [R.]
(Sed"en*ta*ri*ly) adv. In a sedentary manner.
(Sed"en*ta*ri*ness), n. Quality of being sedentary.
(Sed"en*ta*ry) a. [L. sedentarius, fr. sedere to sit: cf. F. seédentaire. See Sedent.]
1. Accustomed to sit much or long; as, a sedentary man. "Sedentary, scholastic sophists." Bp. Warburton.
2. Characterized by, or requiring, much sitting; as, a sedentary employment; a sedentary life.
Any education that confined itself to sedentary pursuits was essentially imperfect.Beaconsfield.
3. Inactive; motionless; sluggish; hence, calm; tranquil. [R.] "The sedentary earth." Milton.
The soul, considered abstractly from its passions, is of a remiss, sedentary nature.Spectator.
4. Caused by long sitting. [Obs.] "Sedentary numbness." Milton.
5. (Zoöl.) Remaining in one place, especially when firmly attached to some object; as, the oyster is a
sedentary mollusk; the barnacles are sedentary crustaceans.
Sedentary spider (Zoöl.), one of a tribe of spiders which rest motionless until their prey is caught in
(||Se*de"runt) n. [L., they sat, fr. sedere to sit.] A sitting, as of a court or other body.
'T is pity we have not Burns's own account of that long sederunt.Prof. Wilson. Acts of sederunt (Scots Law), ordinances of the Court of Session for the ordering of processes and
expediting of justice. Bell.
(Sedge) n. [OE. segge, AS. secg; akin to LG. segge; probably named from its bladelike appearance,
and akin to L. secare to cut, E. saw a cutting instrument; cf. Ir. seisg, W. hesg. Cf. Hassock, Saw