stage set


the act of a person or thing that sets.
the surroundings or environment of anything: The garden was a perfect setting for the house.
the mounting in which a jewel is set.
a group of all the articles, as of china, silver, or glass, required for setting a table or a single place at a table.
the locale or period in which the action of a novel, play, film, etc., takes place: The setting of this story is Verona in the 15th century.
Also called stage setting, stage set. the scenery and other properties used in a dramatic performance.
a piece of music composed for certain words.
a piece of music composed for a particular medium, or arranged for other than the original medium.

1325–75; Middle English; see set, -ing1

nonsetting, adjective
unsetting, adjective

2. See environment. Unabridged

stage setting

setting ( def 6 ).
Also, stage set. Unabridged
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setting (ˈsɛtɪŋ)
1.  the surroundings in which something is set; scene
2.  the scenery, properties, or background, used to create the location for a stage play, film, etc
3.  music a composition consisting of a certain text and music provided or arranged for it
4.  the metal mounting and surround of a gem: diamonds in an antique gold setting
5.  the tableware, cutlery, etc, for a single place at table
6.  any of a series of points on a scale or dial that can be selected to control the level as of temperature, speed, etc, at which a machine functions
7.  a clutch of eggs in a bird's nest, esp a clutch of hen's eggs

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "fact or action of being set or setting," from set (v.). Ref. to mounts for jewels, etc. is from 1815; meaning "background, history, environment" is attested from 1841.
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Medical Dictionary

set (sět)
v. set, set·ting, sets

  1. To put in a specified position; place.

  2. To put into a specified state.

  3. To put into a stable position.

  4. To fix firmly or in an immobile manner.

  5. To become fixed or hardened; coagulate.

  6. To bring the bones of a fracture back into a normal position or alignment.

  1. The act or process of setting.

  2. The condition resulting from setting.

  3. A permanent firming or hardening of a substance.

  4. The carriage or bearing of a part of the body.

  5. A particular psychological state, usually of anticipation or preparedness.

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set   (sět)  Pronunciation Key 
A collection of distinct elements that have something in common. In mathematics, sets are commonly represented by enclosing the members of a set in curly braces, as {1, 2, 3, 4, 5}, the set of all positive integers from 1 to 5.
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