- Setter Set"ter, n.
1. One who, or that which, sets; -- used mostly in
composition with a noun, as typesetter; or in combination
with an adverb, as a setter on (or inciter), a setter up,
a setter forth.
2. (Zo["o]l.) A hunting dog of a special breed originally derived from a cross between the spaniel and the pointer. Modern setters are usually trained to indicate the position of game birds by standing in a fixed position, but originally they indicated it by sitting or crouching. [1913 Webster]
Note: There are several distinct varieties of setters; as, the Irish, or red, setter; the Gordon setter, which is usually red or tan varied with black; and the English setter, which is variously colored, but usually white and tawny red, with or without black. [1913 Webster]
3. One who hunts victims for sharpers. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
4. One who adapts words to music in composition. [1913 Webster]
They come as . . . setters off of thy graces. --Whitlock. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.