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preset

[v., adj. pree-set; n. pree-set] /v., adj. priˈsɛt; n. ˈpriˌsɛt/
verb (used with object), preset, presetting.
1.
to set beforehand.
2.
to set (an electric or electronic appliance) to become activated at a designated time:
We preset the coffeemaker to go on at 6 a.m.
3.
to adjust (a connector, switch, or the like) so that when activated it will perform a designated function:
The tuning buttons on the radio are preset to my favorite FM stations.
adjective
4.
set in advance:
a preset radio adjusted to receive certain stations.
5.
(of the guidance system of a missile or the course of flight it determines) set before launching to reach a specific destination without any alteration in response to signals from the ground.
noun
6.
a knob or button that activates a preset appliance:
Just push the preset and coffee will be ready when you get up.
7.
a similar device on a radio that can be activated to tune in a preselected station.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; pre- + set
Related forms
presettable, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for presetting

preset

/prɪˈsɛt/
verb (transitive) -sets, -setting, -set
1.
to set (a timing device) so that something begins to operate at the time specified
noun
2.
(electronics) a control, such as a variable resistor, that is not as accessible as the main controls and is used to set initial conditions
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Word Origin and History for presetting

preset

also pre-set, 1934 (adj.); 1946 (v.); from pre- + set (v.).

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