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[verb ree-set; noun ree-set] /verb riˈsɛt; noun ˈriˌsɛt/
verb (used with object), reset, resetting.
to set again:
to reset an alarm clock.
to set back the odometer on (an auto or other vehicle) to a lower reading:
a used-car dealer charged with resetting his cars.
verb (used without object), reset, resetting.
to become set again:
The alarm bell resets automatically.
the act of resetting.
that which is reset.
a plant which is replanted.
a device used in resetting an instrument or control mechanism.
Origin of reset
1645-55; re- + set
Related forms
resettable, adjective
resetter, noun Unabridged
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  • She was too nervous to stand still; and she walked around the table, resetting the knives and forks and spoons.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
  • resetting the traps, we returned to camp to take off the skins and dress them.

    With Axe and Rifle W.H.G. Kingston
  • She was resetting the board, and giving John delicious little thrills from her finger-tips, when Uncle Jimmy threw open the door.

    A Tar-Heel Baron Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
  • "It's the panbread," he says, with the air of one who sweeps the board for a resetting of the pieces.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • Then all the time I was resetting the trap I would talk trap to him, and by action and word teach him the nature of the trap.

    Hunting Dogs Oliver Hartley
  • They had seen him, too, resetting his snares upon the edges of the nests.

    The Secret Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Satisfied on this point, he finished the resetting quickly and tried again.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • It is then ready for resetting or stowing away for next season's work.

British Dictionary definitions for resetting


verb (transitive) (riːˈsɛt) -sets, -setting, -set
to set again (a broken bone, matter in type, a gemstone, etc)
to restore (a gauge, dial, etc) to zero
Also clear. to restore (the contents of a register or similar device) in a computer system to zero
noun (ˈriːˌsɛt)
the act or an instance of setting again
a thing that is set again
a plant that has been recently transplanted
a device for resetting instruments, controls, etc
Derived Forms
resetter, noun


verb (riːˈsɛt) -sets, -setting, -set
to receive or handle goods knowing they have been stolen
noun (ˈriːˌsɛt)
the receiving of stolen goods
Derived Forms
resetter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French receter, from Latin receptāre, from recipere to receive
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Word Origin and History for resetting



also re-set, 1650s, "place (a gem) in a new setting," from re- + set (v.). Related: Resetting. Meaning "cause a device to return to a former condition" is from 1847; intransitive sense from 1897. As a noun, from 1847.

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