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[uhn-set] /ʌnˈsɛt/
not set; not solidified or made firm, as concrete or asphalt.
(of a gemstone) not mounted in a setting.
Origin of unset
1350-1400; Middle English: (of a time) unappointed; see un-2, set Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They are unset stones of rare beauty—diamonds, rubies, pearls, and other precious stones.

    An Artist in Crime Rodrigues Ottolengui
  • An' I found out, though she never'd say another word, that it unset her more'n it did me.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • They had long ago been unset and disposed of in a market which has always been safe and still continues so.

    Rogues and Vagabonds George R. Sims
  • There are some unset emeralds, opals, and various curious gems of more value to a cabinet than to a woman of fashion.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • The stones, unset as they were, could never be identified, never be claimed.

    Under the Red Robe Stanley Weyman
  • They left these traps open and unset till they were grayed with age and smelt no more of man.

    Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac Ernest Thompson Seton
  • I have now taken care to remedy that defect, supplying to the unset picture the clear historical frame to which it is entitled.

  • Then they unset that little round table, and we dragged out the great big one, that hadn't been used for seventeen years.

    The William Henry Letters Abby Morton Diaz
  • And with that he displayed a ruby, unset, that was like a clot of blood.

  • If the stone is unset one can see with a lens a wavery metallic appearance on the surfaces that have been "painted."

British Dictionary definitions for unset


not yet solidified or firm
(of a gem) not yet in a setting
(of textual matter) not yet composed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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