- The definition of set is something that is fixed or routine, firmly established or that is unlikely to change.
- An example of set is a person who has the exact same routine every morning.
- An example of set is a specific way of signing in guests.
- Set is a group of things that go together or a group of people with similar traits and characteristics.
- An example of set is a group of 8 knives.
- An example of set is a group of people who all travel a lot on jets.
- Set is defined as to put something in a specific place, to be located in a specific place, or to take place in a certain area. It can also refer to putting dishes on the table.
- An example of set is when you put down your glasses on the table.
- An example of set is a house located on a river.
- An example of set is a movie located in Rome.
- An example of set is when you put plates, knives and forks on the table before a dinner party.
- to place in a sitting position; cause to sit; seat
- to cause (a fowl) to sit on eggs in order to hatch them
- to put (eggs) under a fowl or in an incubator to hatch them
- to put in a certain place or position; cause to be, lie, stand, etc. in a place: set the book on the table
- to put in the proper or designated place: to set a wheel on an axle
- to put or move (a part of the body) into or on a specified place: to set foot on land
- to bring (something) into contact with something else: to burn a paper by setting a match to it
- Archaic to put in writing; record
- to put or affix (one's signature, seal, etc.) to a document
- to cause to be in some condition or relation; specif.,
- to cause to be or become: to set a house on fire
- to put in a certain physical position: to set a book on end
- to cause to be in working or proper condition; put in order; arrange; fix; adjust; specif.,
- to fix (a net, trap, etc.) in a position to catch animals
- to fix (a sail) in a position to catch the wind
- to put (a part of a device) in position to work: to set a chuck on a lathe
- to adjust so as to be in a desired position for use; regulate: to set a radio dial, a clock, a thermostat, etc.
- to place (oneself) in readiness for action
- to adjust (a saw) by slightly deflecting alternate teeth in opposite directions
- to sink (the head of a nail) below, or level with, a surface
- to arrange (a table) with knives, forks, plates, etc. for a meal
- to put (a dislocated joint or fractured bone) into normal position for healing, mending, etc.
- to cause to be in a settled or firm position; specif.,
- to put or press into a fixed or rigid position: to set one's jaw
- to cause (one's mind, purpose, etc.) to be fixed, unyielding, determined, etc.
- to cause to become firm or hard in consistency: pectin sets jelly
- to make (a color) fast in dyeing
- to mount, embed, or fix (gems) in rings, bracelets, etc.
- to cover, encrust, or decorate (gold, watches, etc.) with gems
- to fix firmly in a frame: set the glass in the window
- to arrange (hair) in the desired style with lotions, hairpins, etc. and let it dry
- to transplant (a shoot, etc.)
- to cause to take a particular direction; specif.,
- to cause to move as specified; propel: the current set them eastward
- to point, direct, or face as specified: to set one's face toward home
- to direct (one's desires, hopes, heart, etc.) with serious attention (in or on someone or something)
- to appoint, establish, ordain, etc.; specif.,
- to post or station for certain duties: to set sentries at a gate
- to place in a position of authority
- to fix (limits or boundaries)
- to fix or appoint (a time) for something to happen: to set Friday as the deadline
- to fix a time for (an event)
- to establish (a regulation, law, record, etc.) or prescribe (a form, order, etc.)
- to give or furnish (an example, pattern, etc.) for others
- to introduce (a fashion, style, etc.)
- to allot or assign (a task, lesson, etc.) for work or study
- to fix (a quota, as of work) for a given period
- to begin to apply (oneself) to a task, etc.
- to estimate or fix; place mentally; specif.,
- to fix (the amount of a price, fine, etc.)
- to fix (a price, fine, etc.) at a specified amount
- to estimate or value: to set at naught all that one has won
- to fix or put as an estimate: to set little store by someone
- Bridge to prevent (one's opponents) from making their contract or prevent (a contract) from being made
- Cooking to put aside (leavened dough) to rise
- Hunting to point toward the position of (game): said of a dog
- Music to write or fit (words to music or music to words)
- to arrange (type) for printing
- to produce or reproduce (printed matter) by computer or photocomposition
- to put (a piece of writing) into print
- to place (a scene) in a given locale
- to make up or arrange (scenery) on the stage
- to arrange the scenery and properties on: the stage
Origin of setMiddle English setten ; from Old English settan (akin to German setzen and amp; Gothic satjan ; from Germanic an unverified form satjan), causative formation “to cause to sit” ; from base of sit
- to sit on eggs: said of a fowl
- to become firm or hard in consistency: cement sets after several hours
- to become fast: said of dye, color, etc.
- to begin to move, travel, etc.: with out, forth, on, off, or forward
- to begin or get started: to set to work
- to have a certain direction; tend
- to make an apparent descent toward and below the horizon; go down: the sun was setting in the west
- to wane; decline
- to hang, fit, or suit in a certain way: a jacket that sets well
- to grow together; mend: said of a broken bone
- Now Dial. to sit
- Bot. to begin to develop into a fruit after pollination
- Hunting to point toward the position of game: said of a dog
- fixed or appointed in advance: a set time
- established; prescribed, as by authority
- deliberate; intentional; purposeful
- conventional; stereotyped; not spontaneous: a set speech
- fixed; motionless; rigid; immovable
- resolute; determined
- obstinate; unyielding
- firm or hard in consistency
- ready to begin some action or activity: get set to run
- formed; put together; built: now usually in comb.: heavyset
- a setting or being set; specif.,
- the act of a dog in setting game
- a becoming hard or firm in consistency
- the way or position in which a thing is set; specif.,
- direction; course, as of a current
- tendency; inclination
- change of form resulting from pressure, twisting, strain, etc.; warp; bend
- sideways deflection in opposite directions of the alternate teeth of a saw
- the way in which an article of clothing fits or hangs
- the position or attitude of a limb or part of the body: the set of her head
- Psychol. a readiness to respond or to prepare for a certain definite kind of activity
- something which is set; specif.,
- a twig or slip for planting or grafting
- a young plant; esp., a dwarfed bulb, as of an onion, dried and kept over winter for early spring planting
- a number of backdrops, flats, properties, etc. constructed and arranged for a scene in a play, film, etc.
- the act or a style of setting hair
- the lotion, etc. used for this purposein full hair set
- a group of persons; specif.,
- a company or group with common habits, occupation, interests, etc.: a set of smugglers
- an exclusive or select group; clique; coterie
- the number of couples needed for a country or square dance
- a collection of things belonging, issued, used, or growing together; specif.,
- a number of magazines, books, etc., often in a similar format, by one author, on one subject, etc.
- a matching collection of china, silverware, etc.
- the complement of natural or artificial teeth of a person or animal
- a clutch of eggs
- the figures that make up a country or square dance
- ⌂ any of the segments of a performance as of jazz or dance music at a nightclub, concert, etc., usually separated from each other by an intermission; also, all of the musical pieces played during such a segment
- receiving equipment for radio or television assembled, as in a case or cabinet, for use
- Tennis a subdivision of a match (), consisting of a series of at least six games
- Math. a prescribed collection of points, numbers, or other objects that satisfy a given condition
- Printing the width of the body of a piece of type
- to balance
- to compare
- to make hostile toward; make an enemy of
- to set apart
- to discard; dismiss; reject
- to annul; declare void
- to put (a clock or its hands) to an earlier time, esp. to standard time
- to reverse or hinder the progress of
- ⌂ Informal to cost (a person) a specified sum of money
- to place so as to rest upon a surface; put down
- to land (an airplane)
- to put in writing or print; record
- to establish (rules, principles, etc.)
- to consider, ascribe, attribute, etc.
- to publish
- to express in words; state
- to begin
- to blow or flow toward the shore: said of wind, current, etc.
- to insert
- to start (a person) doing something
- to make begin; start going
- to set in relief; make prominent by contrast
- to show to advantage; enhance
- to cause to explode
- to incite or urge on, as to attack: to set dogs on intruders
- to attack
- to limit; define; mark out
- to plan; lay out (a town, garden, etc.)
- to display, as for sale; exhibit
- to plant
- to take upon oneself; undertake: to set out to prove a theory
- to begin: with on: to set out on a long journey
- to make a beginning; get to work; begin
- to begin fighting
- to place in an upright position
- to place in a high position
- to raise to power
- to raise
- to present (oneself) as being something specified
- to present (something) as exemplary
- to put together or erect (a tent, machine, etc.)
- to establish; found
- to make detailed plans for
- to begin
- to provide with money, etc., as for a business; fit out
- to cause to feel stimulated, exhilarated, etc.
- to make successful, well-to-do, etc.
- to advance or propose (a theory, etc.)
- to cause
- to put (drinks, etc.) before customers
- ⌂ to pay for (food, drinks, etc.) for (another or others)
- ⌂ Informal
- to put (someone) in a vulnerable situation or position, usually by deceit
- frame ()
- to prepare the way for, lay the foundation for, make ready for, etc.
Origin of SetClassical Greek S?th ; from Egyptian st?, uncertain or unknown; perhaps tsh
verbset set, set·ting, sets
- To put in a specified position or arrangement; place: set a book on a table; set the photo next to the flowers.
- a. To put into a specified state: set the prisoner at liberty; set the house ablaze; set the machine in motion.b. To cause to begin an action: The noise set the dog to barking.c. To cause or assign (someone) to undertake an action or perform a service: The sergeant set the recruit to sweeping the barracks.d. To incite to hostile feeling or action: a dispute that set the neighbors against each other.
- To position (oneself) so as to be ready to do something, such as start running a race.
- To put into a stable or fixed position, as:a. To position or secure so as to be fixed or immobile: set the fence post in cement.b. To put in a mounting; mount: set an emerald in a pendant.c. To apply jewels to; stud: The tiara was set with diamonds.d. To cause (a hook) to become fixed in a fish's mouth.
- To cause to be in proper, useful, or working condition, as:a. To arrange for the consumption of a meal: set the table; set a place at table.b. To adjust (an instrument or device) to a specific point or calibration: set the alarm for 7:00.c. To prepare (a trap) for catching prey.d. To adjust (a saw) by deflecting the teeth.e. Nautical To spread open to the wind: set the sails.f. To arrange scenery on (a theater stage).g. To restore to a proper and normal state when dislocated or broken: set a broken arm.h. To apply equipment, such as curlers and clips, to (hair) in order to style.
- a. To concentrate or direct (one's mind or attention, for example) on a purpose or goal.b. To direct or focus (one's desires or hopes, for example) on a certain thing.
- Sports To pass (a volleyball), usually with the fingertips, in an arc close to the net so that a teammate can drive it over the net.
- Printing a. To arrange (type) into words and sentences preparatory to printing; compose.b. To transpose (text, for example) into type.
- Music a. To compose (music) to fit a given text.b. To write (words) to fit a given melodic line.
- To appoint, establish, or determine, as:a. To declare or demonstrate (a precedent or standard, for instance).b. To provide or establish as a model: A parent must set a good example for the children.c. To establish as the highest level of performance: set a swimming record.d. To arrange or establish (a computer password, for example) to allow future action.e. To prescribe as a time for: set the meeting for Friday afternoon.f. To prescribe the unfolding of (a drama or narrative, for instance) in a specific place: a play that is set in Venice.
- a. To value or regard something at the rate of: She sets a great deal by good nutrition.b. To fix at a given amount: The judge set bail for the defendant at $50,000.c. To make as an estimate of worth: We set a high value on human life.
- a. To cause to sit: Set yourself over by the fire.b. To put (a hen) on eggs for the purpose of hatching them.
- To point to the location of (game) by holding a fixed body position. Used of a hunting dog.
- Botany To produce, as after pollination: set seed.
- To disappear below the horizon: The sun set at seven that evening.
- To diminish or decline; wane: when the glory of the empire set.
- To sit on eggs. Used of fowl.
- a. To become fixed; harden: allowed the aspic to set.b. To become permanent. Used of dye.
- To become whole; knit. Used of a broken bone.
- To point to the location of game by holding a fixed body position. Used of a hunting dog.
- Botany To mature or develop, as after pollination.
- Nonstandard To sit: “If Emmett drives, I could set up front” (Bobbie Ann Mason).
- To position oneself preparatory to an action, such as running a race.
- Fixed or established by agreement: a set time for the launching.
- Established by convention: followed set procedures for filing a grievance.
- Established deliberately; intentional: Our set purpose is to win the conflict.
- Fixed and rigid: “His bearded face already has a set, hollow look” (Conor Cruise O'Brien).
- Unwilling or very reluctant to change: He is set in his ways.
- a. Intent and determined: “He is dead set against rushing abroad to build a plant” (Fortune).b. Ready; prepared: We are set to leave early tomorrow morning.
- a. The act or process of setting.b. The condition resulting from setting.
- The manner in which something is positioned: the set of her cap.
- A permanent firming or hardening of a substance, as by cooling.
- The deflection of the teeth of a saw.
- a. The carriage or bearing of a part of the body.b. A particular psychological state, usually that of anticipation or preparedness: “The mental set of an audience is crucial to his performance” (Psychology Today).
- A descent below the horizon.
- The direction or course of wind or water.
- A seedling, slip, or cutting that is ready for planting.
- The act of arranging hair by waving and curling it.
- Sports The act of setting a volleyball for a teammate.
- In Texas hold'em, a hand in which a player has two cards of the same rank and another card of that rank is among the community cards.
Origin of setMiddle English setten, from Old English settan; see sed- in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: Originally set meant “to cause (someone) to sit” and “to cause (something) to be in a certain position,” so that it is now in most cases a transitive verb: She sets the book on the table. He sets the table. Sit is generally an intransitive verb: He sits at the table. There are some exceptions: The sun sets (not sits). A hen sets (or sits) on her eggs.
- A group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used: a chess set.
- A group of persons sharing a common interest: the high-school set.
- A group of books or periodicals published as a unit.
- a. A number of couples required for participation in a square dance.b. The movements constituting a square dance.
- a. The scenery constructed for a theatrical performance.b. The entire enclosure in which a movie is filmed; the sound stage.
- Music a. A session of music, typically dance music, played before an intermission.b. The music so played.
- The collective receiving apparatus assembled to operate a radio or television.
- Mathematics A collection of distinct elements having specific common properties: a set of positive integers.
- Sports a. A group of games constituting one division or unit of a match, as in tennis.b. An offensive formation in football or basketball.
Origin of setMiddle English sette, from Old French, from Medieval Latin secta, retinue, from Latin, faction; see sect.
(third-person singular simple present sets, present participle setting, simple past set, past participle set or setten (dialectal))
- To put (something) down, to rest.
- Set the tray there.
- To attach or affix (something) to something else, or in or upon a certain place.
- I have set my heart on running the marathon.
- To put in a specified condition or state; to cause to be.
- (dated) To cause to stop or stick; to obstruct; to fasten to a spot.
- to set a coach in the mud
- To determine or settle.
- to set the rent
- To adjust.
- I set the alarm at 6 a.m.
- To punch (a nail) into wood so that its head is below the surface.
- To arrange with dishes and cutlery.
- Please set the table for our guests.
- To introduce or describe.
- I'll tell you what happened, but first let me set the scene.
- To locate (a play, etc.); to assign a backdrop to.
- He says he will set his next film in France.
- To compile, to make (a puzzle or challenge).
- This crossword was set by Araucaria.
- To prepare (a stage or film set).
- To fit (someone) up in a situation.
- To arrange (type).
- It was a complex page, but he set it quickly.
- To devise and assign (work) to.
- The teacher set her students the task of drawing a foot.
- (volleyball) To direct (the ball) to a teammate for an attack.
- (intransitive) To solidify.
- The glue sets in four minutes.
- To render stiff or solid; especially, to convert into curd; to curdle.
- to set milk for cheese
- (intransitive) Of a heavenly body, to disappear below the horizon of a planet, etc, as the latter rotates.
- The moon sets at eight o'clock tonight.
- (bridge) To defeat a contract.
- (intransitive, of fruit) To be fixed for growth; to strike root; to begin to germinate or form.
- (intransitive, southern US, Midwestern US, dialects) To sit (be in a seated position).
- He sets in that chair all day.
- To hunt game with the aid of a setter.
- (hunting, intransitive) Of a dog, to indicate the position of game.
- The dog sets the bird.
- Your dog sets well.
- (intransitive) To fit music to words.
- (intransitive) To place plants or shoots in the ground; to plant.
- to set pear trees in an orchard
- To become fixed or rigid; to be fastened.
- To have a certain direction of motion; to flow; to move on; to tend.
- The current sets to the north; the tide sets to the windward.
- To place or fix in a setting.
- to set a precious stone in a border of metal
- to set glass in a sash
- To put in order in a particular manner; to prepare.
- to set (that is, to hone) a razor
- to set a saw
- To extend and bring into position; to spread.
- to set the sails of a ship
- To give a pitch to, as a tune; to start by fixing the keynote.
- to set a psalm
- To reduce from a dislocated or fractured state.
- to set a broken bone
- (masonry) To lower into place and fix solidly, as the blocks of cut stone in a structure.
- To adorn with something infixed or affixed; to stud; to variegate with objects placed here and there.
- I do not set my life at a pin's fee.
- To establish as a rule; to furnish; to prescribe; to assign.
- to set a good example; to set lessons to be learned
- (Scotland) To suit; to become.
- It sets him ill.
- A punch for setting nails in wood.
- nail set
- A device for receiving broadcast radio waves; a radio or television.
- television set
- A sett; a hole made and lived in by a badger.
- (horticulture) A small tuber or bulb used instead of seed, particularly onion sets and potato sets.
- The amount the teeth of a saw protrude to the side in order to create the kerf.
- That was but civil war, an equal set.
- (engineering) Permanent change of shape caused by excessive strain, as from compression, tension, bending, twisting, etc.
- the set of a spring
- (piledriving) A piece placed temporarily upon the head of a pile when the latter cannot otherwise be reached by the weight, or hammer.
- (printing, dated) The width of the body of a type.
- A young oyster when first attached.
- Collectively, the crop of young oysters in any locality.
(comparative more set, superlative most set)
- Fixed in position.
- Rigid, solidified.
- Ready, prepared.
- on your marks, get set, go!; on your marks, set, go!
- Intent, determined (to do something).
- set on getting to his destination
- a set menu
- Fixed in one's opinion.
- I'm set against the idea of smacking children to punish them.
- (of hair) Fixed in a certain style.
- A young plant fit for setting out; a slip; shoot.
- A rudimentary fruit.
- The setting of the sun or other luminary; (by extension) the close of the day.
- (literally and figuratively) General movement; direction; drift; tendency.
- Here and there, amongst individuals alive to the particular evils of the age, and watching the very set of the current, there may have been even a more systematic counteraction applied to the mischief. "” Thomas De Quincey.
- A matching collection of similar things.
- a set of tables
- A collection of various objects for a particular purpose.
- a set of tools
- An object made up of several parts.
- a set of steps
- (set theory) A collection of zero or more objects, possibly infinite in size, and disregarding any order or repetition of the objects which may be contained within it.
- (in plural, “sets", mathematics, informal) Set theory.
- A group of people, usually meeting socially.
- the country set
- The scenery for a film or play.
- (dance) The initial or basic formation of dancers.
- (exercise (sport)) A group of repetitions of a single exercise performed one after the other without rest.
- (tennis) A complete series of games, forming part of a match.
- (volleyball) A complete series of points, forming part of a match.
- (volleyball) The act of directing the ball to a teammate for an attack.
- (music) A musical performance by a band, disc jockey, etc., consisting of several musical pieces.
- (music) A drum kit, a drum set.
- He plays the set on Saturdays.
- (UK, education) A class group in a subject where pupils are divided by ability.
- (poker, slang) Three of a kind in poker. In community card games, the term is usually reserved for a situation in which a pair in a player's hand is matched by a single card on the board. Compare with trips.
From Middle English set, sete, sette (“that which is set, the act of setting, seat"), from Old English set (“setting, seat, a place where people remain, habitation, camp, entrenchment, a place where animals are kept, stall, fold") and Old English seten (“a set, shoot, slip, branch; a nursery, plantation; that which is planted or set; a cultivated place; planting, cultivation; a setting, putting; a stopping; occupied land"), related to Old English settan (“to set"). Compare Middle Low German gesette (“a set, suite"), Old English gesetl (“assembly"). According to Skeat, in senses denoting a group of things or persons, representing an alteration of sept, from Old French sette (“a religious sect"), from Medieval Latin secta (“retinue"), from Latin secta (“a faction"). See sect.
set - Computer Definition
(1) An internal DOS/Windows command that sets environment variables, which are stored values used by the operating system and many applications. To display the current values, type: set SETTING A VALUE The set command creates an environment variable and places a value into it. Blank spaces matter. The following examples create NEWVAR with a value of "a." set newvar=a create newvar with "a" set newvar= a create newvar with " a" set newvar= delete newvar
(2) (SET) (Secure Electronic Transaction) A standard protocol from MasterCard and Visa for securing online credit card payments via the Internet. In this three-way transaction, the user, merchant and bank must use the SET protocols. Credit card data and a digital certificate (for authentication) is stored in a plug-in to the user's Web browser. The order is received by a SET-enabled merchant server that passes encrypted payment information to the bank. Approval is electronically sent to the merchant.