(Seign"ior*age) n. [F. seigneuriage, OF. seignorage.]
1. Something claimed or taken by virtue of sovereign prerogative; specifically, a charge or toll deducted
from bullion brought to a mint to be coined; the difference between the cost of a mass of bullion and the
value as money of the pieces coined from it.
If government, however, throws the expense of coinage, as is reasonable, upon the holders, by making
a charge to cover the expense (which is done by giving back rather less in coin than has been received
in bullion, and is called "levying a seigniorage"), the coin will rise to the extent of the seigniorage above
the value of the bullion.J. S. Mill.
2. A share of the receipts of a business taken in payment for the use of a right, as a copyright or a
(Seign"ior*al) a. Of or pertaining to a seignior; seigneurial. "Kingly or seignioral patronage."
(Seign"ior*al*ty) n. The territory or authority of a seignior, or lord. Milman.
(Seign*io"ri*al) a. Same as Seigneurial.
(Seign"ior*ize) v. t. To lord it over. [Obs.]
As proud as he that seigniorizeth hell.Fairfax.
(Seign"ior*y) n.; pl. -ies [OE. seignorie, OF. seigneurie, F. seigneurie; cf. It. signoria.]
1. The power or authority of a lord; dominion.
O'Neal never had any seigniory over that country but what by encroachment he got upon the English.Spenser.
2. The territory over which a lord holds jurisdiction; a manor. [Written also seigneury, and seignory.]
Seine boat, a boat specially constructed to carry and pay out a seine.
(Seine) n. [F. seine, or AS. segene, bth fr. L. sagena, Gr. .] (Fishing.) A large net, one edge
of which is provided with sinkers, and the other with floats. It hangs vertically in the water, and when its
ends are brought together or drawn ashore incloses the fish.
(Sein"er) n. One who fishes with a seine.
(Sein"ing), n. Fishing with a seine.
(Seint) n. [See Cincture.] A girdle. [Obs.] "Girt with a seint of silk." Chaucer.
(Seint), n. A saint. [Obs.] Chaucer.