set
I. verb (set; setting) Etymology: Middle English setten, from Old English settan; akin to Old High German sezzen to set, Old English sittan to sit Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to cause to sit ; place in or on a seat 2. a. to put (a fowl) on eggs to hatch them b. to put (eggs) for hatching under a fowl or into an incubator 3. to place (oneself) in position to start running in a race 4. a. to place with care or deliberate purpose and with relative stability <
set a ladder against the wall
>
<
set a stone on the grave
>
b. transplant 1 <
set seedlings
>
c. (1) to make (as a trap) ready to catch prey (2) to fix (a hook) firmly into the jaw of a fish d. to put aside (as dough containing yeast) for fermenting 5. to direct with fixed attention <
set your mind to it
>
6. a. to cause to assume a specified condition, relation, or occupation <
slaves were set free
>
<
set the house on fire
>
b. to cause the start of <
set a fire
>
7. a. to appoint or assign to an office or duty b. post, station 8. to cause to assume a specified posture or position <
set the door ajar
>
9. a. to fix as a distinguishing imprint, sign, or appearance <
the years have set their mark on him
>
b. affix c. apply <
set a match to kindling
>
10. to fix or decide on as a time, limit, or regulation ; prescribe <
set a wedding day
>
<
set the rules for the game
>
11. a. to establish as the highest level or best performance <
set a record for the half mile
>
b. to furnish as a pattern or model <
set an example of generosity
>
c. to allot as a task <
setting lessons for the children to work upon at home — Manchester Examiner
>
12. a. to adjust (a device and especially a measuring device) to a desired position <
set the alarm for 7:00
>
<
set a thermostat at 68
>
; also to adjust (as a clock) in conformity with a standard b. to restore to normal position or connection when dislocated or fractured <
set a broken bone
>
c. to spread to the wind <
set the sails
>
13. a. to put in order for use <
set a place for a guest
>
b. to make scenically ready for a performance <
set the stage
>
c. (1) to arrange (type) for printing <
set type by hand
>
(2) to put into type or its equivalent (as on film) <
set the first word in italic
>
14. a. to put a fine edge on by grinding or honing <
set a razor
>
b. to bend slightly the tooth points of (a saw) alternately in opposite directions c. to sink (the head of a nail) below the surface 15. to fix in a desired position (as by heating or stretching) 16. to arrange (hair) in a desired style by using implements (as curlers, rollers, or clips) and gels or lotions 17. a. to adorn with something affixed or infixed ; stud, dot <
clear sky set with stars
>
b. to fix (as a precious stone) in a border of metal ; place in a setting 18. a. to hold something in regard or esteem at the rate of <
sets a great deal by daily exercise
>
b. to place in a relative rank or category <
set duty before pleasure
>
c. to fix at a certain amount <
set bail at $500
>
d. value, rate <
their promises were set at naught
>
e. to place as an estimate of worth <
set a high value on life
>
19. to place in relation for comparison or balance <
theory set against practice
>
20. a. to direct to action b. to incite to attack or antagonism <
war sets brother against brother
>
21. a. to place by transporting <
was set ashore on the island
>
b. to put in motion c. to put and fix in a direction <
set our faces toward home once more
>
d. of a dog to point out the position of (game) by holding a fixed attitude 22. to defeat (an opponent or a contract) in bridge 23. a. to fix firmly ; make immobile ; give rigid form or condition to <
set her jaw in determination
>
b. to make unyielding or obstinate 24. to cause to become firm or solid <
set milk for cheese
>
25. to cause (as fruit or seed) to develop intransitive verb 1. chiefly dialect sit 2. to be becoming ; be suitable ; fit <
the coat sets well
>
3. to cover and warm eggs to hatch them 4. a. to affect one with or as if with weight <
the pudding sets heavily on my stomach
>
b. to place oneself in position in preparation for an action (as running) 5. of a plant part to undergo development usually as a result of pollination 6. a. to pass below the horizon ; go down <
the sun sets
>
b. to come to an end <
this century sets with little mirth — Thomas Fuller
>
7. to apply oneself to some activity <
set to work
>
8. to have a specified direction in motion ; flow, tend <
the wind was setting from Pine Hill to the farm — Esther Forbes
>
9. of a dog to indicate the position of game by crouching or pointing 10. to dance face to face with another in a square dance <
set to your partner and turn
>
11. a. to become solid or thickened by chemical or physical alteration <
the cement sets rapidly
>
b. of a dye or color to become permanent c. of a bone to become whole by growing together II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. the act or action of setting b. the condition of being set 2. a number of things of the same kind that belong or are used together <
an electric train set
>
3. a. mental inclination, tendency, or habit ; bent <
a set toward mathematics
>
b. a state of psychological preparedness to perceive or respond to an anticipated stimulus or situation 4. direction of flow <
the set of the wind
>
5. form or carriage of the body or of its parts <
her face took on a cynical set — Raymond Kennedy
>
6. the manner of fitting or of being placed or suspended <
in order to give the skirt a pretty set — Mary J. Howell
>
7. amount of deflection from a straight line <
set of a saw's teeth
>
8. permanent change of form (as of metal) due to repeated or excessive stress 9. the act or result of arranging hair by curling or waving 10. (also sett) a. a young plant or rooted cutting ready for transplanting b. a small bulb, corm, or tuber or a piece of tuber used for propagation <
onion sets
>
c. the blossoms of a plant that have set fruit as a result of fertilization 11. (or sett) the burrow of a badger 12. the width of the body of a piece of type 13. an artificial setting for a scene of a theatrical or film production 14. (also sett) a rectangular paving stone of sandstone or granite 15. a division of a tennis match won by the side that wins at least six games beating the opponent by two games or by winning a tiebreaker 16. a collection of books or periodicals forming a unit 17. a clutch of eggs 18. the basic formation in a country-dance or square dance 19. a session of music (as jazz or dance music) usually followed by an intermission; also the music played at one session 20. a group of persons associated by common interests 21. a collection of elements and especially mathematical ones (as numbers or points) — called also class 22. an apparatus of electronic components assembled so as to function as a unit <
a television set
>
23. a usually offensive formation in football or basketball 24. a group of a specific number of repetitions of a particular exercise III. adjective Etymology: Middle English sett, from Old English gesett, past participle of settan Date: 14th century 1. intent, determined <
set upon going
>
2. intentional, premeditated <
did it of set purpose
>
3. fixed by authority or appointment ; prescribed, specified <
set hours of study
>
4. reluctant to change <
set in their ways
>
5. a. immovable, rigid <
set frown
>
b. built-in <
a set tub
>
6. settled, persistent <
set defiance
>
7. being in readiness ; prepared <
set for an early morning start
>

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