[set] or [sɛt]
(noun.) several exercises intended to be done in series; 'he did four sets of the incline bench press'.
(noun.) the act of putting something in position; 'he gave a final set to his hat'.
(noun.) any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals; 'the early sets ran on storage batteries'.
(noun.) (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way; 'the subjects' set led them to solve problems the familiar way and to overlook the simpler solution'; 'his instructions deliberately gave them the wrong set'.
(noun.) the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon; 'before the set of sun'.
(noun.) a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used; 'a set of books'; 'a set of golf clubs'; 'a set of teeth'.
(noun.) (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols; 'the set of prime numbers is infinite'.
(noun.) an unofficial association of people or groups; 'the smart set goes there'; 'they were an angry lot'.
(noun.) evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris.
(noun.) a unit of play in tennis or squash; 'they played two sets of tennis after dinner'.
(verb.) set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly; 'set clocks or instruments'.
(verb.) put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state; 'set the house afire'.
(verb.) establish as the highest level or best performance; 'set a record'.
(verb.) give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor.
(verb.) insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink).
(verb.) fix in a border; 'The goldsmith set the diamond'.
(verb.) locate; 'The film is set in Africa'.
(verb.) disappear beyond the horizon; 'the sun sets early these days'.
(verb.) apply or start; 'set fire to a building'.
(verb.) put into a position that will restore a normal state; 'set a broken bone'.
(adj.) being below the horizon; 'the moon is set' .
Checked by Gregory--From WordNet
(imp. & p. p.) of Set
(v. t.) To cause to sit; to make to assume a specified position or attitude; to give site or place to; to place; to put; to fix; as, to set a house on a stone foundation; to set a book on a shelf; to set a dish on a table; to set a chest or trunk on its bottom or on end.
(v. t.) Hence, to attach or affix (something) to something else, or in or upon a certain place.
(v. t.) To make to assume specified place, condition, or occupation; to put in a certain condition or state (described by the accompanying words); to cause to be.
(v. t.) To fix firmly; to make fast, permanent, or stable; to render motionless; to give an unchanging place, form, or condition to.
(v. t.) To cause to stop or stick; to obstruct; to fasten to a spot; hence, to occasion difficulty to; to embarrass; as, to set a coach in the mud.
(v. t.) To fix beforehand; to determine; hence, to make unyielding or obstinate; to render stiff, unpliant, or rigid; as, to set one's countenance.
(v. t.) To fix in the ground, as a post or a tree; to plant; as, to set pear trees in an orchard.
(v. t.) To fix, as a precious stone, in a border of metal; to place in a setting; hence, to place in or amid something which serves as a setting; as, to set glass in a sash.
(v. t.) To render stiff or solid; especially, to convert into curd; to curdle; as, to set milk for cheese.
(v. t.) To put into a desired position or condition; to adjust; to regulate; to adapt.
(v. t.) To put in order in a particular manner; to prepare; as, to set (that is, to hone) a razor; to set a saw.
(v. t.) To extend and bring into position; to spread; as, to set the sails of a ship.
(v. t.) To give a pitch to, as a tune; to start by fixing the keynote; as, to set a psalm.
(v. t.) To reduce from a dislocated or fractured state; to replace; as, to set a broken bone.
(v. t.) To make to agree with some standard; as, to set a watch or a clock.
(v. t.) To lower into place and fix solidly, as the blocks of cut stone in a structure.
(v. t.) To stake at play; to wager; to risk.
(v. t.) To fit with music; to adapt, as words to notes; to prepare for singing.
(v. t.) To determine; to appoint; to assign; to fix; as, to set a time for a meeting; to set a price on a horse.
(v. t.) To adorn with something infixed or affixed; to stud; to variegate with objects placed here and there.
(v. t.) To value; to rate; -- with at.
(v. t.) To point out the seat or position of, as birds, or other game; -- said of hunting dogs.
(v. t.) To establish as a rule; to furnish; to prescribe; to assign; as, to set an example; to set lessons to be learned.
(v. t.) To suit; to become; as, it sets him ill.
(v. t.) To compose; to arrange in words, lines, etc.; as, to set type; to set a page.
(v. i.) To pass below the horizon; to go down; to decline; to sink out of sight; to come to an end.
(v. i.) To fit music to words.
(v. i.) To place plants or shoots in the ground; to plant.
(v. i.) To be fixed for growth; to strike root; to begin to germinate or form; as, cuttings set well; the fruit has set well (i. e., not blasted in the blossom).
(v. i.) To become fixed or rigid; to be fastened.
(v. i.) To congeal; to concrete; to solidify.
(v. i.) To have a certain direction in motion; to flow; to move on; to tend; as, the current sets to the north; the tide sets to the windward.
(v. i.) To begin to move; to go out or forth; to start; -- now followed by out.
(v. i.) To indicate the position of game; -- said of a dog; as, the dog sets well; also, to hunt game by the aid of a setter.
(v. i.) To apply one's self; to undertake earnestly; -- now followed by out.
(v. i.) To fit or suit one; to sit; as, the coat sets well.
(a.) Fixed in position; immovable; rigid; as, a set line; a set countenance.
(a.) Firm; unchanging; obstinate; as, set opinions or prejudices.
(a.) Regular; uniform; formal; as, a set discourse; a set battle.
(a.) Established; prescribed; as, set forms of prayer.
(a.) Adjusted; arranged; formed; adapted.
(n.) The act of setting, as of the sun or other heavenly body; descent; hence, the close; termination.
(n.) That which is set, placed, or fixed.
(n.) A young plant for growth; as, a set of white thorn.
(n.) That which is staked; a wager; a venture; a stake; hence, a game at venture.
(n.) Permanent change of figure in consequence of excessive strain, as from compression, tension, bending, twisting, etc.; as, the set of a spring.
(n.) A kind of punch used for bending, indenting, or giving shape to, metal; as, a saw set.
(n.) A piece placed temporarily upon the head of a pile when the latter cannot be reached by the weight, or hammer, except by means of such an intervening piece.
(n.) A short steel spike used for driving the head of a nail below the surface.
(n.) A number of things of the same kind, ordinarily used or classed together; a collection of articles which naturally complement each other, and usually go together; an assortment; a suit; as, a set of chairs, of china, of surgical or mathematical instruments, of books, etc.
(n.) A number of persons associated by custom, office, common opinion, quality, or the like; a division; a group; a clique.
(n.) Direction or course; as, the set of the wind, or of a current.
(n.) In dancing, the number of persons necessary to execute a quadrille; also, the series of figures or movements executed.
(n.) The deflection of a tooth, or of the teeth, of a saw, which causes the the saw to cut a kerf, or make an opening, wider than the blade.
(n.) A young oyster when first attached.
(n.) Collectively, the crop of young oysters in any locality.
(n.) A series of as many games as may be necessary to enable one side to win six. If at the end of the tenth game the score is a tie, the set is usually called a deuce set, and decided by an application of the rules for playing off deuce in a game. See Deuce.
(n.) That dimension of the body of a type called by printers the width.
Synonyms and Synonymous
v. a. . Put, place, plant, station, locate, pitch (as a tent).. Fix, establish, settle, determine, appoint, assign.. Stake, wager, risk.. Regulate, adjust, adapt.. Stud, variegate, adorn.. Sharpen, bring to an edge.. Replace (as a broken bone).
v. n. . Decline, sink, go down (as the sun).. Concrete, become hard.. Flow, run, tend, move on.
a. . Regular, formal, established, prescribed.. Firm, unyielding, obstinate.
n. . Suit, assortment.. Group, CLIQUE, school, class, sect, party, gang, crew, knot, squad, pack, cluster, COTERIE, company.
Synonyms and Antonyms
SYN:Seat, place, locate, situate, settle, fix, build, rest, establish, ground,perpetuate, stabilitate, confirm, strengthen, determine, appoint, assign, cast,risk, wager, surround, bedeck, garnish, stud
ANT:Remove, disestablish, lift, raise, transfer, uproot, eradicate, unfix,disperse, discard, unsettle, demolish, destroy, weaken, loosen, detach,misarrange, misdetermine, denude, divest
SYN:Sink, settle, subside, decline, compose, consolidate, harden
ANT:Rise, ascend, soar, mount, stir, agitate, loosen, run, soften, melt, mollify,fuse, flow
Edited by Gertrude
adj. fixed: firm: determined: regular: established: having reached the full growth: (B.) seated.—n. a number of things similar or suited to each other set or used together: a group of games played together: the full number of eggs set under a hen: the couples that take part in a square dance also the movements in a country-dance or quadrille: a number of persons associated: direction drift tendency: act of setting: a young plant ready for setting out a cutting slip: the appearance of young oysters in a district in any season: a mine or set of mines on lease a distance set off for excavation a system of pumps in a mine (also Sett): a tool for dressing forged iron: any permanent change of shape or bias of mind: fit way in which a dress hangs: the pattern of a tartan &c.: bearing carriage build.—n. Set′-square a triangular piece of wood having one of its angles a right angle used in mechanical drawing.—Set fair a barometric indication of steady fair weather; Set piece a piece of theatrical scenery with a supporting framework as distinguished from a side-scene or drop-scene; Set speech a speech carefully premeditated.
v.t. to make to sit: to place: to fix: to put in a condition for use to make ready to arrange prepare furnish draw up: to render motionless: to determine beforehand: to obstruct: to plant place so as to promote growth: to place a brooding fowl on a nest containing eggs: to fix in metal: to put and fix in its proper place as a broken limb &c.: to assign as a price: to sharpen: to spread as sails: to pitch as a tune: to adapt music to: to frame mount or adorn with something fixed: to stud: to point as a dog: to accompany part or the whole of the way: (Scot.) to let to a tenant: to compose put into type: (prov.) to become as a dress &c.—v.i. to sink below the horizon: to decline: to become fixed: to congeal: to begin the growth of fruit: to have a certain direction in motion: to acquire a set or bend: to point out game: to apply (one's self):—pr.p. set′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. set.—n. Set′-back a check to progress: an overflow.—adj. Set-by′ (Scot.) proud reserved.—ns. Set′-down a rebuke snubbing; Set′-off a claim set up against another: a counterbalance: an ornament; Set′-out preparations: a display of dishes dress &c.: a company clique; Set′-to a conflict in boxing argument &c.; Set′-up bearing of a person.—adj. hilarious tipsy.—Set about to begin; Set abroach to tap and leave running: to give publicity to; Set against to oppose; Set agoing to make begin to move; Set apart to separate from the rest to reserve: (B.) to promote; Set aside to put away to omit or reject; Set at ease to quiet content; Set at naught (see Naught); Set at work to put to a task; Set before to put in front of one; Set by to put aside: (B.) to value or esteem; Set by the compass to note the bearing by the compass; Set down to lay on the ground: to put down in writing: to fix in one's mind: to attribute charge: to lay down authoritatively: to give a severe rebuke to; Set eyes on to see fix one's eyes on; Set forth to exhibit display: to praise recommend: to publish: (B.) to set off to advantage: to set out on a journey; Set forward (B.) to further promote; Set free to release put at liberty; Set in to put in the way: to begin; Set in order to adjust or arrange; Set little much &c. by to regard esteem little much &c.; Set off to adorn: to place against as an equivalent; Set on (B.) to attack; Set on or upon to instigate: to employ: to fix upon: (B.) to attack; Set one's face to turn one's self resolutely towards; Set one's hand to to sign; Set one's self to bend one's energies toward anything; Set one's self against to discountenance oppose; Set one's teeth to set one's teeth together as in a strong resolution; Set on fire to apply fire; Set on foot to set agoing to start; Set out to mark off to assign: (Bacon) to publish to adorn: to equip to furnish: to recommend: to prove: to start; Set over to appoint as ruler over; Set sail (see Sail); Set the fashion to lead or establish the fashion; Set the teeth on edge (see Edge); Set to to affix: to apply one's self; Set up to erect to exalt: to begin: to enable to begin: to place in view: (print.) to put in type: to begin a new course: to make pretensions.
Edited by Francine
- And thus young Lord Greystoke took the first step toward the goal which he had set--the finding of other white men like himself. Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes.
- Chance set me free of my London engagements to-day sooner than I had expected, and I have got here, in consequence, earlier than my appointed time. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- Seizing the professor by the arm, Mr. Philander set off in the direction that would put the greatest distance between themselves and the lion. Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes.
- Together they set about designing the machine to make it as nearly perfect as possible in adaptation to the needs of modern business. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- You've hit it, ma'am: it's quite certain that it was her, and nobody but her, that set it going. Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre.
- The pouring of the entire house is accomplished in about six hours, and then the molds are left undisturbed for six days, in order that the concrete may set and harden. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- If as a set-off (excuse the legal phrase from a barrister-at-law) you would like to ask Tippins to tea, I pledge myself to make love to her. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- You will set things going in a better way, I am sure. Jane Austen. Mansfield Park.
- Mr. Gardiner had waited only for the letters before he set off. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.
- And she has set her mind against staying. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- At other times, free balloons are liberated, carrying sets of automatic registering instruments. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- It is proposed to work as a unit plant for successful operation at least six sets of molds, to keep the men busy and the machinery going. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- This sets in motion a train of wheels carrying the hands over the dials which mark the quantity of gas consumed. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- When this operation is completed, it immediately sets to work to enlarge the hole with the help of its hind legs. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- Do you know that Brummell is cut amongst us, and who do you think sets the fashions there now? Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- It is as an inventor that he sets himself down in the membership list of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- I don't know, he said as he looked at me, what it is that sets me off again--but--bosh! Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- Will you be so good, Miss, as to mention that I wants to show her how my great coat sets behind? Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- It sets my teeth on edge to think of it. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- I lament afresh the cruel necessity which sets our interests at variance, and opposes us to each other. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- Himself has hitherto sufficed to the toil, and the toil draws near its close: his glorious sun hastens to its setting. Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre.
- Her rich colour, her quick blood, her rapid breath, were all setting themselves against the opportunity of retracing their steps. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- Knife-edge girdle diamonds are impractical owing to the liability of chipping the thin edge in setting or by blows while being worn. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- My footman was at that instance setting off for my sister and Dr. Bain: and my good housekeeper was in tears. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- It must be either publicly by setting the magistrate and coroner to work, or privately by questioning Lydgate. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- I've found a sov'rin' cure for that, Sammy,' said Mr. Weller, setting down the glass. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- It is the drifting icebergs setting with any current anywhere, that wreck the ships. Charles Dickens. Hard Times.
- I will leave your house without eating or drinking, or setting foot in it. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- If it ends in your setting the house on fire, Damme if I send for the engines, unless you ring the bell and order them first! Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- He studied the sp ecies in their natural setting, the habitat, and range, and habits, and food of the different varieties. Walter Libby. An Introduction to the History of Science.
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