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[set-er] /ˈsɛt ər/
a person or thing that sets.
one of any of several breeds of hunting dogs that originally had the habit of crouching when game was scented but that are now trained to stand stiffly and point the muzzle toward the scented game.
Volleyball. a player who lofts the ball high for a teammate near the net to spike.
Origin of setter
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see set, -er1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for setter


any of various breeds of large gun dog, having silky coats and plumed tails See English setter, Gordon setter, Irish setter
Word Origin
C16: so called because they can be used to indicate where game is: see set1
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Word Origin and History for setter

"one who sets (something)," c.1400, agent noun from set (v.). As a type of hunting-dog (originally a type of spaniel), 1570s, so called because the dog is "set" on game.

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