Set meaning

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(nonstandard) To sit.
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The deflection of the teeth of a saw.
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(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.
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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.

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To put in a specified position or arrangement; place.

Set a book on a table; set the photo next to the flowers.

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To position (oneself) so as to be ready to do something, such as start running a race.
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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.

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To put into a stable or fixed position, as:
  • To position or secure so as to be fixed or immobile.
    Set the fence post in cement.
  • To put in a mounting; mount.
    Set an emerald in a pendant.
  • To apply jewels to; stud.
    The tiara was set with diamonds.
  • To cause (a hook) to become fixed in a fish's mouth.
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To cause to be in proper, useful, or working condition, as:
  • To arrange for the consumption of a meal.
    Set the table; set a place at table.
  • To adjust (an instrument or device) to a specific point or calibration.
    Set the alarm for 7:00.
  • To prepare (a trap) for catching prey.
  • To adjust (a saw) by deflecting the teeth.
  • (nautical) To spread open to the wind.
    Set the sails.
  • To arrange scenery on (a theater stage).
  • To restore to a proper and normal state when dislocated or broken.
    Set a broken arm.
  • To apply equipment, such as curlers and clips, to (hair) in order to style.
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To appoint, establish, or determine, as:
  • To declare or demonstrate (a precedent or standard, for instance).
  • To provide or establish as a model.
    A parent must set a good example for the children.
  • To establish as the highest level of performance.
    Set a swimming record.
  • To arrange or establish (a computer password, for example) to allow future action.
  • To prescribe as a time for.
    Set the meeting for Friday afternoon.
  • To prescribe the unfolding of (a drama or narrative, for instance) in a specific place.
    A play that is set in Venice.
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To point to the location of (game) by holding a fixed body position. Used of a hunting dog.
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(botany) To produce, as after pollination.

Set seed.

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To disappear below the horizon.

The sun set at seven that evening.

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To diminish or decline; wane.

When the glory of the empire set.

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To sit on eggs. Used of fowl.
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To become whole; knit. Used of a broken bone.
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(botany) To mature or develop, as after pollination.
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To position oneself preparatory to an action, such as running a race.
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Fixed or established by agreement.

A set time for the launching.

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Established by convention.

Followed set procedures for filing a grievance.

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Established deliberately; intentional.

Our set purpose is to win the conflict.

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Fixed and rigid.
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Unwilling or very reluctant to change.

He is set in his ways.

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The manner in which something is positioned.

The set of her cap.

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A permanent firming or hardening of a substance, as by cooling.
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A descent below the horizon.
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The direction or course of wind or water.
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A seedling, slip, or cutting that is ready for planting.
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The act of arranging hair by waving and curling it.
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(sports) The act of setting a volleyball for a teammate.
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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.
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A group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used.

A chess set.

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A group of persons sharing a common interest.

The high-school set.

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A group of books or periodicals published as a unit.
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The collective receiving apparatus assembled to operate a radio or television.
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(mathematics) A collection of distinct elements having specific common properties.

A set of positive integers.

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To place in a sitting position; cause to sit; seat.
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To put in a certain place or position; cause to be, lie, stand, etc. in a place.

Set the book on the table.

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To put in the proper or designated place.

To set a wheel on an axle.

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To put or move (a part of the body) into or on a specified place.

To set foot on land.

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To bring (something) into contact with something else.

To burn a paper by setting a match to it.

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To cause to be in some condition or relation.
  • 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.
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To cause to be in working or proper condition; put in order; arrange; fix; adjust.
  • 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.
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To cause to be in a settled or firm position.
  • 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.)
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To cause to take a particular direction.
  • 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)
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To appoint, establish, ordain, etc.
  • 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.
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To estimate or fix; place mentally.
  • 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.
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(bridge) To prevent (one's opponents) from making their contract or prevent (a contract) from being made.
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(cooking) To put aside (leavened dough) to rise.
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(hunting) To point toward the position of (game)
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(music) To write or fit (words to music or music to words)
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To sit on eggs.
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To become firm or hard in consistency.

Cement sets after several hours.

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To become fast.
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To have a certain direction; tend.
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To hang, fit, or suit in a certain way.

A jacket that sets well.

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To grow together; mend.
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(now dial.) To sit.
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(bot.) To begin to develop into a fruit after pollination.
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(hunting) To point toward the position of game.
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Fixed or appointed in advance.

A set time.

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Established; prescribed, as by authority.
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Deliberate; intentional; purposeful.
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Conventional; stereotyped; not spontaneous.

A set speech.

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Fixed; motionless; rigid; immovable.
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Firm or hard in consistency.
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Ready to begin some action or activity.

Get set to run.

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Formed; put together; built.

Heavyset.

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A setting or being set.
  • The act of a dog in setting game.
  • A becoming hard or firm in consistency.
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The way or position in which a thing is set.
  • 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.
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Something which is set.
  • 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.
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A group of persons.
  • 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.
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A collection of things belonging, issued, used, or growing together.
  • 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 , consisting of a series of at least six games.
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(math.) A prescribed collection of points, numbers, or other objects that satisfy a given condition.
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(printing) The width of the body of a piece of type.
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(egypt. myth., person, proper) A god of evil, represented as having an animal's head with square-tipped ears.
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To put into a stable position.
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To fix firmly or in an immobile manner.
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To become fixed or hardened; coagulate.
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To bring the bones of a fracture back into a normal position or alignment.
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The act or process of setting.
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The condition resulting from setting.
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A permanent firming or hardening of a substance, as by cooling.
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The carriage or bearing of a part of the body.
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A particular psychological state, usually that of anticipation or preparedness.
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A collection of distinct elements that have something in common. In mathematics, sets are commonly represented by enclosing the members of a set in curly braces, as {1, 2, 3, 4, 5}, the set of all positive integers from 1 to 5.
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(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:setSETTING A VALUEThe 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.
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To put (something) down, to rest.

Set the tray there.

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To attach or affix (something) to something else, or in or upon a certain place.

I have set my heart on running the marathon.

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To put in a specified condition or state; to cause to be.
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(dated) To cause to stop or stick; to obstruct; to fasten to a spot.

To set a coach in the mud.

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To set the rent.

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To adjust.

I set the alarm at 6 a.m.

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To punch (a nail) into wood so that its head is below the surface.
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To arrange with dishes and cutlery.

Please set the table for our guests.

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I'll tell you what happened, but first let me set the scene.

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To locate (a play, etc.); to assign a backdrop to.

He says he will set his next film in France.

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To compile, to make (a puzzle or challenge).

This crossword was set by Araucaria.

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To prepare (a stage or film set).
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To fit (someone) up in a situation.
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To arrange (type).

It was a complex page, but he set it quickly.

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To devise and assign (work) to.

The teacher set her students the task of drawing a foot.

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(volleyball) To direct (the ball) to a teammate for an attack.
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(intransitive) To solidify.

The glue sets in four minutes.

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To render stiff or solid; especially, to convert into curd; to curdle.

To set milk for cheese.

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(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.

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(bridge) To defeat a contract.
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(intransitive, of fruit) To be fixed for growth; to strike root; to begin to germinate or form.
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(intransitive, southern US, Midwestern US, dialects) To sit (be in a seated position).

He sets in that chair all day.

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To hunt game with the aid of a setter.
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(hunting, intransitive) Of a dog, to indicate the position of game.

The dog sets the bird.

Your dog sets well.

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(intransitive) To fit music to words.

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(intransitive) To place plants or shoots in the ground; to plant.

To set pear trees in an orchard.

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To become fixed or rigid; to be fastened.

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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.

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To place or fix in a setting.

To set a precious stone in a border of metal.

To set glass in a sash.

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To put in order in a particular manner; to prepare.

To set (that is, to hone) a razor.

To set a saw.

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To extend and bring into position; to spread.

To set the sails of a ship.

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To give a pitch to, as a tune; to start by fixing the keynote.

To set a psalm.

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To reduce from a dislocated or fractured state.

To set a broken bone.

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(masonry) To lower into place and fix solidly, as the blocks of cut stone in a structure.
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To adorn with something infixed or affixed; to stud; to variegate with objects placed here and there.
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Shakespeare.

I do not set my life at a pin's fee.

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To establish as a rule; to furnish; to prescribe; to assign.

To set a good example; to set lessons to be learned.

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(Scotland) To suit; to become.

It sets him ill.

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A punch for setting nails in wood.

Nail set.

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A device for receiving broadcast radio waves; a radio or television.

Television set.

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A sett; a hole made and lived in by a badger.
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(horticulture) A small tuber or bulb used instead of seed, particularly onion sets and potato sets.
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The amount the teeth of a saw protrude to the side in order to create the kerf.
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Dryden.

That was but civil war, an equal set.

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(engineering) Permanent change of shape caused by excessive strain, as from compression, tension, bending, twisting, etc.

The set of a spring.

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(piledriving) A piece placed temporarily upon the head of a pile when the latter cannot otherwise be reached by the weight, or hammer.
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(printing, dated) The width of the body of a type.
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A young oyster when first attached.
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Collectively, the crop of young oysters in any locality.
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Fixed in position.
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Rigid, solidified.
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On your marks, get set, go!; on your marks, set, go!

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Intent, determined (to do something).

Set on getting to his destination.

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A set menu.

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Fixed in one's opinion.

I'm set against the idea of smacking children to punish them.

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(of hair) Fixed in a certain style.
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A young plant fit for setting out; a slip; shoot.
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A rudimentary fruit.
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The setting of the sun or other luminary; (by extension) the close of the day.
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(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.

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A matching collection of similar things.

A set of tables.

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A collection of various objects for a particular purpose.

A set of tools.

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An object made up of several parts.

A set of steps.

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(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.
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(in plural, “sets", mathematics, informal) Set theory.
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A group of people, usually meeting socially.

The country set.

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The scenery for a film or play.
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(dance) The initial or basic formation of dancers.
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(exercise (sport)) A group of repetitions of a single exercise performed one after the other without rest.
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(tennis) A complete series of games, forming part of a match.
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(volleyball) A complete series of points, forming part of a match.
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(volleyball) The act of directing the ball to a teammate for an attack.
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(music) A musical performance by a band, disc jockey, etc., consisting of several musical pieces.
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(music) A drum kit, a drum set.

He plays the set on Saturdays.

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(UK, education) A class group in a subject where pupils are divided by ability.
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(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.
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An ancient Egyptian god, variously described as the god of chaos, the god of thunder and storms, or the god of destruction.
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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.

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To point to the location of game by holding a fixed body position. Used of a hunting dog.
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set against
  • Strongly opposed to:
    We are dead set against the idea.
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set fire to
  • To cause to ignite and burn.
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set foot in
  • To enter.
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set foot on
  • To step on.
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set in motion
  • To give impetus to:
    The indictment set the judicial process in motion.
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set on
  • Resolved to do something or strongly wishing for something:
    She is set on getting a role in the play.
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set (one's) heart on
  • To be determined to do something.
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set (one's) sights on
  • To have as a goal:
    She set her sights on medical school.
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set on fire
  • To cause to ignite and burn.
  • To cause to become excited:
    The music set the audience on fire.
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(nautical) set sail
  • To begin a voyage on water.
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set (someone) straight
  • To inform (someone) of the truth of a situation.
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set store by
  • To regard as valuable or worthwhile.
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set the pace
  • To go at a speed that other competitors attempt to match or surpass.
  • To behave or perform in a way that others try to emulate.
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set the scene
  • To provide the underlying basis for:
    Saber rattling that set the stage for war.
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set up housekeeping
  • To establish a household.
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set up shop
  • To establish one's business operations.
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all set
  • prepared; ready
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set about
  • to begin; start doing
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set against
  • to balance
  • to compare
  • to make hostile toward; make an enemy of
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set apart
  • to separate and keep for a purpose; reserve
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set aside
  • to set apart
  • to discard; dismiss; reject
  • to annul; declare void
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set back
  • to put (a clock or its hands) to an earlier time, esp. to standard time
  • to reverse or hinder the progress of
  • to cost (a person) a specified sum of money
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set down
  • 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.
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set forth
  • to publish
  • to express in words; state
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set in
  • to begin
  • to blow or flow toward the shore
  • to insert
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set off
  • to set in relief; make prominent by contrast
  • to show to advantage; enhance
  • to cause to explode
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set on
  • to incite or urge on, as to attack
    To set dogs on intruders.
  • to attack
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set out
  • 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
    To set out on a long journey.
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set to
  • to make a beginning; get to work; begin
  • to begin fighting
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set up
  • 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 prepare the way for, lay the foundation for, make ready for, etc.
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set upon
  • to attack, esp. with violence
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Origin of set

  • Middle English sette from Old French from Medieval Latin secta retinue from Latin faction sect

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English setten from Old English settan sed- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

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  • From Middle English setten, from Old English settan, from Proto-Germanic *satjanÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *sodéye-, causative of *sed- (“to sit").

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  • From Middle English sett, from Old English gesett, past participle of settan.

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