|—vb (foll by on |
|1.||to put or place in position or into a specified state or condition: to set a book on the table; to set someone free|
|2.||(also intr; |
|3.||to put into order or readiness for use; prepare: to set a trap; to set the table for dinner|
|4.||(also intr) to put, form, or be formed into a jelled, firm, fixed, or rigid state: the jelly set in three hours|
|5.||(also intr) to put or be put into a position that will restore a normal state: to set a broken bone|
|6.||to adjust (a clock or other instrument) to a position|
|7.||to determine or establish: we have set the date for our wedding|
|8.||to prescribe or allot (an undertaking, course of study, etc): the examiners have set ``Paradise Lost''|
|9.||to arrange in a particular fashion, esp an attractive one: she set her hair; the jeweller set the diamonds in silver|
|10.||(of clothes) to hang or fit (well or badly) when worn|
|11.||Also: set to music to provide music for (a poem or other text to be sung)|
|12.||printing Also: set up to arrange or produce (type, film, etc) from (text or copy); compose|
|13.||to arrange (a stage, television studio, etc) with scenery and props|
|14.||to describe or present (a scene or the background to a literary work, story, etc) in words: his novel is set in Russia|
|15.||to present as a model of good or bad behaviour (esp in the phrases set an example, set a good example, set a bad example)|
|16.||to value (something) at a specified price or estimation of worth: he set a high price on his services|
|18.||(also intr) to give or be given a particular direction: his course was set to the East|
|19.||(also intr) to rig (a sail) or (of a sail) to be rigged so as to catch the wind|
|20.||(intr) (of the sun, moon, etc) to disappear beneath the horizon|
|21.||to leave (dough, etc) in one place so that it may prove|
|22.||to sharpen (a cutting blade) by grinding or honing the angle adjacent to the cutting edge|
|23.||to displace alternate teeth of (a saw) to opposite sides of the blade in order to increase the cutting efficiency|
|24.||to sink (the head of a nail) below the surface surrounding it by using a nail set|
|25.||computing to give (a binary circuit) the value 1|
|26.||(of plants) to produce (fruits, seeds, etc) after pollination or (of fruits or seeds) to develop after pollination|
|27.||to plant (seeds, seedlings, etc)|
|28.||to place (a hen) on (eggs) for the purpose of incubation|
|29.||(intr) (of a gun dog) to turn in the direction of game, indicating its presence|
|30.||(Scot), (Irish) to let or lease: to set a house|
|31.||bridge to defeat (one's opponents) in their attempt to make a contract|
|32.||a dialect word for sit|
|33.||set eyes on to see|
|34.||the act of setting or the state of being set|
|35.||a condition of firmness or hardness|
|36.||bearing, carriage, or posture: the set of a gun dog when pointing|
|37.||the fit or hang of a garment, esp when worn|
|38.||the scenery and other props used in and identifying the location of a stage or television production, film, etc|
|39.||printing Also called: set width|
|a. the width of the body of a piece of type|
|b. the width of the lines of type in a page or column|
|a. the cut of the sails or the arrangement of the sails, spars, rigging, etc, of a vessel|
|b. the direction from which a wind is blowing or towards which a tide or current is moving|
|41.||psychol a temporary bias disposing an organism to react to a stimulus in one way rather than in others|
|42.||a seedling, cutting, or similar part that is ready for planting: onion sets|
|43.||a blacksmith's tool with a short head similar to a cold chisel set transversely onto a handle and used, when struck with a hammer, for cutting off lengths of iron bars|
|44.||See nail set|
|45.||the direction of flow of water|
|46.||a mechanical distortion of shape or alignment, such as a bend in a piece of metal|
|47.||the penetration of a driven pile for each blow of the drop hammer|
|48.||a variant spelling of sett|
|49.||fixed or established by authority or agreement: set hours of work|
|50.||(usually postpositive) rigid or inflexible: she is set in her ways|
|51.||unmoving; fixed: a set expression on his face|
|52.||conventional, artificial, or stereotyped, rather than spontaneous: she made her apology in set phrases|
|54.||(of a book, etc) prescribed for students' preparation for an examination|
|[Old English settan, causative of sittan to |
|1.||a number of objects or people grouped or belonging together, often forming a unit or having certain features or characteristics in common: a set of coins; John is in the top set for maths|
|2.||a group of people who associate together, esp a clique: he's part of the jet set|
|a. Also called: class a collection of numbers, objects, etc, that is treated as an entity: 3, the moon is the set the two members of which are the number 3 and the moon|
|b. (in some formulations) a class that can itself be a member of other classes|
|4.||any apparatus that receives or transmits television or radio signals|
|5.||tennis, squash, badminton one of the units of a match, in tennis one in which one player or pair of players must win at least six games: Graf lost the first set|
|6.||a. the number of couples required for a formation dance|
|b. a series of figures that make up a formation dance|
|7.||a. a band's or performer's concert repertoire on a given occasion: the set included no new numbers|
|b. a continuous performance: the Who played two sets|
|—vb , sets, setting, set|
|8.||(intr) (in square dancing and country dancing) to perform a sequence of steps while facing towards another dancer: set to your partners|
|9.||(usually tr) to divide into sets: in this school we set our older pupils for English|
|[C14 (in the obsolete sense: a religious sect): from Old French sette, from Latin secta|
v. set, set·ting, sets
To put in a specified position; place.
To put into a specified state.
To put into a stable position.
To fix firmly or in an immobile manner.
To become fixed or hardened; coagulate.
To bring the bones of a fracture back into a normal position or alignment.
The act or process of setting.
The condition resulting from setting.
A permanent firming or hardening of a substance.
The carriage or bearing of a part of the body.
A particular psychological state, usually of anticipation or preparedness.
Secure Electronic Transaction
Ready, in position for some action, as in I'm all set to leave the country. This colloquial term uses set in the sense of "put in proper position or order." The same meaning appears in the traditional Ready, get set, go for starting a race; here set means "in position to start."