A diamond in a gold setting.
- The definition of a setting is the way in which something is positioned or the environment or surroundings.
- An example of a setting is the metal framework of a ring into which a gem is placed.
- An example of a setting is the forest in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- Setting is the act of placing items in a certain way.
An example of setting is placing plates, napkins, fork, knives and spoons in a proper arrangement on the table.
- the act of one that sets
- the position or adjustment of something, as a dial, that has been set
- a thing in or upon which something is set; specif., the backing for a gem or gems, or the style or shape of this: a marquise setting
- the time, place, environment, and surrounding circumstances of an event, story, play, etc.
- actual physical surroundings or scenery whether real or, as on a stage, artificial
- the music or the composing of music for a set of words, as a poem
- the eggs in the nest of a setting hen
- place setting
- The position, direction, or way in which something, such as an automatic control, is set.
- a. The context and environment in which a situation is set; the background.b. The time, place, and circumstances in which a narrative, drama, or film takes place.
- Music A composition written or arranged to fit a text, such as a poetical work.
- A mounting, as for a jewel.
- A place setting.
- A set of eggs in a hen's nest.
- Present participle of set.
- The time, place and circumstance in which something (such as a story or picture) is set; context; scenario.
- The act of setting.
- the setting of the sun
- the setting, or hardening, of moist plaster of Paris
- A piece of metal in which a precious stone or gem is fixed to form a piece of jewelry.
- A level or placement that a knob or control is set to.
- the volume setting on a television
- The act of marking the position of game, as a setter does.
- Hunting with a setter.
- Something set in, or inserted.
(comparative more setting, superlative most setting)
- that disappears below the horizon
Variant of set
transitive verbset, setting
- 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 put an edge on (a knife, razor, etc.)
- to adjust (a saw) by slightly deflecting alternate teeth in opposite directions
- to sink (the head of a nail, screw, etc.) below 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
- Baking to put aside (leavened dough) to rise
- Bridge to prevent (one's opponents) from making their bid
- 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 setting sun
- 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
- 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 tools or instruments used together: a carpentry set
- the collection of objects necessary for playing a game, esp. a parlor game
- 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
- several pieces of dance music played, or danced to, in quick succession
- receiving equipment for radio or television assembled, as in a 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
- ☆ Slang to cost (a person) a specified sum of money
- to place so as to rest upon a surface; put down; let alight
- 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 direct (a ship) toward shore
- 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 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)
- ☆ to put (someone) in a vulnerable situation or position