|—vb (foll by on |
|1.||to put or place in position or into a specified state or condition: to set a book on the table; to set someone free|
|2.||(also intr; |
|3.||to put into order or readiness for use; prepare: to set a trap; to set the table for dinner|
|4.||(also intr) to put, form, or be formed into a jelled, firm, fixed, or rigid state: the jelly set in three hours|
|5.||(also intr) to put or be put into a position that will restore a normal state: to set a broken bone|
|6.||to adjust (a clock or other instrument) to a position|
|7.||to determine or establish: we have set the date for our wedding|
|8.||to prescribe or allot (an undertaking, course of study, etc): the examiners have set ``Paradise Lost''|
|9.||to arrange in a particular fashion, esp an attractive one: she set her hair; the jeweller set the diamonds in silver|
|10.||(of clothes) to hang or fit (well or badly) when worn|
|11.||Also: set to music to provide music for (a poem or other text to be sung)|
|12.||printing Also: set up to arrange or produce (type, film, etc) from (text or copy); compose|
|13.||to arrange (a stage, television studio, etc) with scenery and props|
|14.||to describe or present (a scene or the background to a literary work, story, etc) in words: his novel is set in Russia|
|15.||to present as a model of good or bad behaviour (esp in the phrases set an example, set a good example, set a bad example)|
|16.||to value (something) at a specified price or estimation of worth: he set a high price on his services|
|18.||(also intr) to give or be given a particular direction: his course was set to the East|
|19.||(also intr) to rig (a sail) or (of a sail) to be rigged so as to catch the wind|
|20.||(intr) (of the sun, moon, etc) to disappear beneath the horizon|
|21.||to leave (dough, etc) in one place so that it may prove|
|22.||to sharpen (a cutting blade) by grinding or honing the angle adjacent to the cutting edge|
|23.||to displace alternate teeth of (a saw) to opposite sides of the blade in order to increase the cutting efficiency|
|24.||to sink (the head of a nail) below the surface surrounding it by using a nail set|
|25.||computing to give (a binary circuit) the value 1|
|26.||(of plants) to produce (fruits, seeds, etc) after pollination or (of fruits or seeds) to develop after pollination|
|27.||to plant (seeds, seedlings, etc)|
|28.||to place (a hen) on (eggs) for the purpose of incubation|
|29.||(intr) (of a gun dog) to turn in the direction of game, indicating its presence|
|30.||(Scot), (Irish) to let or lease: to set a house|
|31.||bridge to defeat (one's opponents) in their attempt to make a contract|
|32.||a dialect word for sit|
|33.||set eyes on to see|
|34.||the act of setting or the state of being set|
|35.||a condition of firmness or hardness|
|36.||bearing, carriage, or posture: the set of a gun dog when pointing|
|37.||the fit or hang of a garment, esp when worn|
|38.||the scenery and other props used in and identifying the location of a stage or television production, film, etc|
|39.||printing Also called: set width|
|a. the width of the body of a piece of type|
|b. the width of the lines of type in a page or column|
|a. the cut of the sails or the arrangement of the sails, spars, rigging, etc, of a vessel|
|b. the direction from which a wind is blowing or towards which a tide or current is moving|
|41.||psychol a temporary bias disposing an organism to react to a stimulus in one way rather than in others|
|42.||a seedling, cutting, or similar part that is ready for planting: onion sets|
|43.||a blacksmith's tool with a short head similar to a cold chisel set transversely onto a handle and used, when struck with a hammer, for cutting off lengths of iron bars|
|44.||See nail set|
|45.||the direction of flow of water|
|46.||a mechanical distortion of shape or alignment, such as a bend in a piece of metal|
|47.||the penetration of a driven pile for each blow of the drop hammer|
|48.||a variant spelling of sett|
|49.||fixed or established by authority or agreement: set hours of work|
|50.||(usually postpositive) rigid or inflexible: she is set in her ways|
|51.||unmoving; fixed: a set expression on his face|
|52.||conventional, artificial, or stereotyped, rather than spontaneous: she made her apology in set phrases|
|54.||(of a book, etc) prescribed for students' preparation for an examination|
|[Old English settan, causative of sittan to |
|1.||a number of objects or people grouped or belonging together, often forming a unit or having certain features or characteristics in common: a set of coins; John is in the top set for maths|
|2.||a group of people who associate together, esp a clique: he's part of the jet set|
|a. Also called: class a collection of numbers, objects, etc, that is treated as an entity: 3, the moon is the set the two members of which are the number 3 and the moon|
|b. (in some formulations) a class that can itself be a member of other classes|
|4.||any apparatus that receives or transmits television or radio signals|
|5.||tennis, squash, badminton one of the units of a match, in tennis one in which one player or pair of players must win at least six games: Graf lost the first set|
|6.||a. the number of couples required for a formation dance|
|b. a series of figures that make up a formation dance|
|7.||a. a band's or performer's concert repertoire on a given occasion: the set included no new numbers|
|b. a continuous performance: the Who played two sets|
|—vb , sets, setting, set|
|8.||(intr) (in square dancing and country dancing) to perform a sequence of steps while facing towards another dancer: set to your partners|
|9.||(usually tr) to divide into sets: in this school we set our older pupils for English|
|[C14 (in the obsolete sense: a religious sect): from Old French sette, from Latin secta|
v. set, set·ting, sets
To put in a specified position; place.
To put into a specified state.
To put into a stable position.
To fix firmly or in an immobile manner.
To become fixed or hardened; coagulate.
To bring the bones of a fracture back into a normal position or alignment.
The act or process of setting.
The condition resulting from setting.
A permanent firming or hardening of a substance.
The carriage or bearing of a part of the body.
A particular psychological state, usually of anticipation or preparedness.
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