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set-up

[set-uhp] /ˈsɛtˌʌp/
noun
1.
Surveying.
  1. station (def 14a).
  2. a surveying instrument precisely positioned for observations from a station.
  3. a gap between the end of a chain or tape being used for a measurement and the point toward which it is laid.
2.
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British Dictionary definitions for set-up

set up

verb (adverb, mainly transitive)
1.
(also intransitive) to put into a position of power, etc
2.
(also intransitive) to begin or enable (someone) to begin (a new venture), as by acquiring or providing means, equipment, etc
3.
to build or construct: to set up a shed
4.
to raise, cause, or produce: to set up a wail
5.
to advance or propose: to set up a theory
6.
to restore the health of: the sea air will set you up again
7.
to establish (a record)
8.
(informal) to cause (a person) to be blamed, accused, etc
9.
(informal)
  1. to provide (drinks, etc) for: set 'em up, Joe!
  2. to pay for the drinks of: I'll set up the next round
10.
(printing) another term for set1 (sense 12)
noun
11.
(informal) the way in which anything is organized or arranged
12.
(slang) an event the result of which is prearranged: it's a setup
13.
a prepared arrangement of materials, machines, etc, for a job or undertaking
14.
a station at which a surveying instrument, esp a theodolite, is set up
15.
(films) the position of the camera, microphones, and performers at the beginning of a scene
adjective
16.
physically well-built
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Word Origin and History for set-up
n.

"arrangement," 1890, from verbal phrase set up, attested from c.1200 as "to make ready for use" and from 1950 (in pugilism) as "to bring (someone) to a vulnerable position;" from set (v.) + up (adv.). The verbal phrase also can mean "to establish" (early 15c.) and "put drinks before customers" (1880).

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