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well-set

[wel-set] /ˈwɛlˈsɛt/
adjective
1.
firmly set or fixed.
2.
strongly formed:
a well-set human body.
Origin of well-set
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English
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  • Her skull would be well-set upon her shoulders were it not that the neck is too short and thick to be graceful.

    An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet A. Henry Savage Landor
  • The entire effect was that of the well-set stage of a society drama.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • These barracks are substantially built of wood, with well-set floors and large windows.

  • The neck rises from the shoulders like a column to support the well-set head.

    Greek Sculpture Estelle M. Hurll
  • It was all a mere question of chaste outlines, splendid flesh tints, well-set muscles.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • He came occasionally through Paul's corner—a big, well-set man, also striking to look at, and handsome.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • The wear of carbons in a well-set bit is small, though extremely variable.

  • It was that of the first mate, whose name was Hillebrant, a short, well-set man of about thirty years of age.

    The Phantom Ship Frederick Marryat
  • The head should be small, neat, “well-set” on the neck, and gracefully “carried.”

  • They are on the look-out for contraband, and are as fine and clean and well-set fellows as any I have seen anywhere.

    Pictures of Canadian Life J. Ewing Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for well-set

well-set

adjective (well set when postpositive)
1.
firmly established
2.
(of a person) strongly built
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