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Definitions of set

  1.   representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production; " the sets were meticulously authentic"
  2.   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).
  3.   fix conclusively or authoritatively; " set the rules"
  4.   To exert one's powers.
  5.   A short steel spike used for driving the head of a nail below the surface.
  6.   Setting.
  7.   converted to solid form ( as concrete)
  8.   To point out the seat or position of, as birds, or other game; - said of hunting dogs.
  9.   To fix beforehand; to determine; hence, to make unyielding or obstinate; to render stiff, unpliant, or rigid; as, to set one's countenance.
  10.   Popular term for correcting a dislocated joint.
  11.   fixed and unmoving; " with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare"; " his bearded face already has a set hollow look"- Connor Cruise O'Brien; " a face rigid with pain"
  12.   To lower into place and fix solidly, as the blocks of cut stone in a structure.
  13.   Regular; formal; determined; obstinate; established or fixed.
  14.   To place plants or shoots in the ground; to plant.
  15.   establish as the highest level or best performance; " set a record"
  16.   To cause to sit; to put in place; place; put; appoint; settle.
  17.   get ready for a particular purpose or event; " set up an experiment"; " set the table"; " lay out the tools for the surgery"
  18.   an unofficial association of people or groups; " the smart set goes there"; " they were an angry lot"
  19.   To fix firmly; to make fast, permanent, or stable; to render motionless; to give an unchanging place, form, or condition to.
  20.   To fix in the ground, as a post or a tree; to plant; as, to set pear trees in an orchard.
  21.   Fixed or established; regular; determined; firm; formal; as, a set speech; immovable.
  22.   ( psychology) a temporary readiness 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"
  23.   evil beast- headed god with high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris
  24.   Regular; uniform; formal; as, a set discourse; a set battle.
  25.   To put or place into any condition or state; to put, place, or fix; to cause to rest in a standing posture; to regulate or adjust, as a timepiece; to adapt to music, as words; to spread, as sails; to fix in metal; to bring to a fine edge, as a razor; to sink below the horizon, as the sun; to be fixed; to change fluidity for firmness; to plant; to begin a journey- always with out.
  26.   To make to agree with some standard; as, to set a watch or a clock.
  27.   To adorn with something infixed or affixed; to stud; to variegate with objects placed here and there.
  28.   apply or start; " set fire to a building"
  29.   Established; prescribed; as, set forms of prayer.
  30.   fix in a border; " The goldsmith set the diamond"
  31.   To give a pitch to, as a tune; to start by fixing the keynote; as, to set a psalm.
  32.   Fixed; regular; prescribed.
  33.   To congeal; to concrete; to solidify.
  34.   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.
  35.   evil beast- headed Egyptian god with high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris
  36.   put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state; " set the house afire"
  37.   To pass below the horizon; to go down; to decline; to sink out of sight; to come to an end.
  38.   To begin to move; to go out or forth; to start; - now followed by out.
  39.   Firm; unchanging; obstinate; as, set opinions or prejudices.
  40.   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"
  41.   disappear beyond the horizon; " the sun sets early these days"
  42.   alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; " Adjust the clock, please"; " correct the alignment of the front wheels"
  43.   decide upon or fix definitely; " fix the variables"; " specify the parameters"
  44.   insert ( a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)
  45.   adapt for performance in a different way; " set this poem to music"
  46.   To establish as a rule; to furnish; to prescribe; to assign; as, to set an example; to set lessons to be learned.
  47.   To suit; to become; as, it sets him ill.
  48.   A collection; class; group.
  49.   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.
  50.   The descent of a heavenly body; flow or direction; a number of persons associated together; as, the younger set in society; a number of things of the same kind intended for use together; as, a set of tea things; a young plant ready to set out; in lawn tennis, a series of as many games as will enable one side to win six.
  51.   Camber of a curved roofing tile.
  52.   The manner, state, or quality of setting or fitting; fit; as, the set of a coat.
  53.   urge a dog to attack someone
  54.   Established or prescribed.
  55.   To place or put in any position; fix; plant; make secure; put on a neet of eggs; as, to set a hen; fit; as, to set a poem to music; render motionless; adjust; as, to set a broken limb; assign or prescribe; as, to set a time for a meeting; in printing, to arrange in words, lines, etc.; as, to set type.
  56.   To stake at play; to wager; to risk.
  57.   Rigid; stationary.
  58.   Any of various standards of measurement of the fineness of cloth; specif., the number of reeds in one inch and the number of threads in each reed. The exact meaning varies according to the location where it is used. Sometimes written sett.
  59.   A number or collection of things of the same kind, or of a similar form, intended to be used together; a number of things united in the formation of a whole; a complete assortment; a number of persons usually or officially united; a clique; a lot; a young plant for putting into the soil for growth; the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon.
  60.   To sink below the horizon, as the sun; plant; be fixed firmly; to harden; as, the jelly will set quickly; apply oneself; as, to set to work; flow or tend; as, the current sets to the north; start; as, to set out upon a journey.
  61.   The act of setting, as of the sun or other heavenly body; descent; hence, the close; termination.
  62.   Regular; formal; fixed in opinion; determined; pre- determined; prescribed.
  63.   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.
  64.   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.
  65.   Fixed; obstinate.
  66.   To value; to rate; - with at.
  67.   equip with sails, masts, etc.; " rig a ship"
  68.   That which is staked; a wager; a venture; a stake; hence, a game at venture.
  69.   A number of things similar or suited to each other, set or used together: a number of persons associated: direction.
  70.   Adjusted; arranged; formed; adapted.
  71.   To tend; incline.
  72.   ( usually followed by ` to' or ` for') on the point of or strongly disposed; " in no fit state to continue"; " fit to drop"; " laughing fit to burst"; " she was fit to scream"; " primed for a fight"; " we are set to go at any time"
  73.   That dimension of the body of a type called by printers the width.
  74.   To solidify; become fixed.
  75.   bear fruit; " the apple trees fructify"
  76.   Position or direction.
  77.   put into a certain place or abstract location; " Put your things here"; " Set the tray down"; " Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; " Place emphasis on a certain point"
  78.   To determine; to appoint; to assign; to fix; as, to set a time for a meeting; to set a price on a horse.
  79.   the act of putting something in position; " he gave a final set to his hat"
  80.   To pass below the horizon; to be fixed hard; to fix music to words; to congeal or concrete; to plant; to flow; to point at, as a dog; to apply one's self. To set one's self about, to enter upon. To set one's self, to apply one's self. To set about, to fall on. To set in, to begin. To set forward, to begin to march. To set on or upon, to assault. To set out, to begin a journey. To set to, to apply one's self to. To set up, to begin business.
  81.   To reduce from a dislocated or fractured state; to replace; as, to set a broken bone.
  82.   To fit or suit one; to sit; as, the coat sets well.
  83.   Hence, to attach or affix ( something) to something else, or in or upon a certain place.
  84.   a unit of play in tennis or squash; " they played two sets of tennis after dinner"
  85.   of Set
  86.   To pass below the horizon; decline; sink; fade.
  87.   Readiness to think or respond in a predetermined way when confronted with a problem or stimulus situation.
  88.   estimate; " We put the time of arrival at 8 P. M."
  89.   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.
  90.   To extend and bring into position; to spread; as, to set the sails of a ship.
  91.   Set.
  92.   To render stiff or solid; especially, to convert into curd; to curdle; as, to set milk for cheese.
  93.   set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly; " set clocks or instruments"
  94.   put or set ( seeds or seedlings) into the ground; " Let's plant flowers in the garden"
  95.   A young oyster when first attached.
  96.   To sink below the horizon; become fixed or firm; tend; apply one's self.
  97.   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.
  98.   To fit, as a garment.
  99.   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.
  100.   Direction or course; as, the set of the wind, or of a current.
  101.   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.
  102.   To compose; to arrange in words, lines, etc.; as, to set type; to set a page.
  103.   A kind of punch used for bending, indenting, or giving shape to, metal; as, a saw set.
  104.   A number of things belonging together; number of persons associated; direction.
  105.   To place in any situation; to locate; to put; to fix; to regulate; to adapt; to plant; to stud; to point; to replace; to appoint; to bring to a fine edge; to spread. To set before, to exhibit. To set by the compass, to observe the bearing or situation of a distant object by the compass. To set about, to begin, or apply to. To set one's self against, to place one's self in a state of opposition. To set against, to oppose. To set apart, to separate from the rest. To set aside, to omit for the present; to reject. To set abroach, to spread. To set a going, to cause to begin to move. To set by, to set apart. To set down, to place upon the ground; to register. To set forth, to manifest; to exhibit. To set forward, to advance. To set off, to adorn; to eulogize. To set upon, to incite. To set out, to assign; to adorn; to state at large. To set up, to erect; to institute. To set at naught, to undervalue. To set in order, to reduce to method. To set eyes on, to behold. To set the teeth on edge, to affect the teeth with a painful sensation. To set over, to appoint or constitute. To set right, to put in order. To set sail, to commence sailing. To set at ease, to tranquillize. To set free, to release from confinement. To set at work, to cause to enter on work. To set on fire, to communicate fire to; to irritate. To set before, to propose.
  106.   a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; " the set of his mind was obvious"
  107.   Fixed in position; immovable; rigid; as, a set line; a set countenance.
  108.   situated in a particular spot or position; " valuable centrally located urban land"; " strategically placed artillery"; " a house set on a hilltop"; " nicely situated on a quiet riverbank"
  109.   locate; " The film is set in Africa"
  110.   the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon; " before the set of sun"
  111.   arrange attractively; " dress my hair for the wedding"
  112.   the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization; " the hardening of concrete"; " he tested the set of the glue"
  113.   To apply one's self; to undertake earnestly; - now followed by out.
  114.   To sink below the horizon: to decline: to plant: to become fixed: to congeal: to have a certain direction in motion: to point out game: to apply ( one's self):- pr. p. setting; pa. t. and pa. p. set. - To SET ASIDE, to put away, to omit or reject:- AT NAUGHT, to despise: BY ( B.), to value or esteem:- FORTH, to exhibit: to publish: ( B.) to set off to advantage: to set out on a journey:- FORWARD ( B.) to further, promote:- IN, to put in the way: to begin:- OFF, to adorn: to place against as an equivalent:- ON ( B.), to attack:- TO, to affix.
  115.   That which is set, placed, or fixed.
  116.   To make to sit: to place: to fix: to put in a condition: to render motionless: to determine beforehand: to obstruct: to plant: to fix in metal, as to arrange the teeth of a saw so as to cut narrow or wide: to assign, as a price: to put in order for use: to sharpen: to spread, as sails: to pitch, as a tune: to adapt music to: to adorn with something fixed: to stud: to point, as a dog.
  117.   put into a position that will restore a normal state; " set a broken bone"
  118.   disappear beyond the horizon; of celestial bodies such as the sun and the moon
  119.   give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
  120.   A number of persons associated by custom, office, common opinion, quality, or the like; a division; a group; a clique.
  121.   Seated, so in B.: fixed: firm: determined: regular: established.
  122.   any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals; " the early sets ran on storage batteries"
  123.   set down according to a plan:" a carefully laid table with places set for four people"; " stones laid in a pattern"
  124.   To fit music to words.
  125.   become gelatinous; " the liquid jelled after we added the enzyme"
  126.   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.
  127.   To place; put; fix; spread, as sails; stud or adorn.
  128.   ( mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols; " the set of prime numbers is infinite"
  129.   Collectively, the crop of young oysters in any locality.
  130.   To fix ( a price).
  131.   To put in order in a particular manner; to prepare; as, to set ( that is, to hone) a razor; to set a saw.
  132.   To fit with music; to adapt, as words to notes; to prepare for singing.
  133.   A stone, commonly of granite, shaped like a short brick and usually somewhat larger than one, used for street paving. Commonly written sett.
  134.   the state of the environment in which a situation exists; " you can't do that in a university setting"
  135.   Permanent change of figure in consequence of excessive strain, as from compression, tension, bending, twisting, etc.; as, the set of a spring.
  136.   In dancing, the number of persons necessary to execute a quadrille; also, the series of figures or movements executed.
  137.   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.
  138.   A number of things of the same kind, or fitted to be used together; a number of persons associated; a number of particular things united in the formation of a whole; a young plant for growth; descent below the horizon; flow; a permanent twist. A dead set, the act of a setter dog when it discovers the game; a concerted scheme to defraud; a determined stand.
  139.   The act of sinking below the horizon, as a heavenly body.
  140.   A young plant for growth; as, a set of white thorn.
  141.   To become fixed or rigid; to be fastened.
  142.   being below the horizon; " the moon is set"
  143.   determined or decided upon as by an authority; " date and place are already determined"; " the dictated terms of surrender"; " the time set for the launching"
  144.   several exercises intended to be done in series; " he did four sets of the incline bench press"
  145.   To put into a desired position or condition; to adjust; to regulate; to adapt.

Antonyms for set

elastic, unintended, moving, scattered, mercurial, mess around, unspecified, come up, modify, ad interim, chance, pour, untrained, unqualified, disinclined, modifiable, disarranged, proceed, provisory, migrant, malleable, haphazard, Deliquesce, unpremeditated, unwitting, vary, impromptu, unprepared, loosened, flow, unsure, spontaneous, undetermined, potter, refashion, flat-footed, yielding, unsecured, sudden, rework, Dislodged, pliable, short-term, suspicious, distrustful, kick around, changeful, wavering, remodel, doodle, negotiable, hit-or-miss, freed, melt, uncertain, fluky, emanate, nonelective, revamp, impetuous, fluctuating, interim, aimless, ordered, changeable, alterable, indefinite, required, fuse, involuntary, detached, impulsive, recast, flexible, inadvertent, adjustable, impermanent, unsteady, skeptical, capricious, reposition, putter, fool around, variable, uprise, weak-kneed, withdraw, purposeless, arbitrary, dislocate, obligatory, indisposed, incidental, liquefy, transpose, random, casual, up, nonexclusive, budge, undecided, unconvinced, unplanned, relocate, unattached, stray, undone, mistrustful, unresolved, generic, generalized, dubious, take out, desultory, compulsory, unintentional, fluid, movable, adaptable, freakish, volatile, irresolute, hang about, unbound, inconstant, disturb, rise, transfer, temporary, faltering, temperamental, arise, mobile, reluctant, loose, insecure, unready, make over, general, flickery, nonspecific, loath, alter, remake, migratory, forced, erratic, provisionary, whimsical, thaw, universal, displace, unsettled, half-baked, fortuitous, Coerced, Fribble, extemporaneous, unforced, vacillating, instinctive, accidental, open-ended, ascend, unpredictable, mutable, hesitant, slapdash, stream, unfastened, catch-as-catch-can, abrupt, unstable, mandatory, soft, necessary, provisional, doubtful, indecisive.

Quotes of set

  1. Many of their lodges remained as perfect as when occupied. They were made of poles two or three inches in diameter, set up in circular form, and covered with cedar bark. – William Henry Ashley
  2. Competition makes things come out right. Well, what does that mean in health care? More hospitals so they compete with each other. More doctors compete with each other. More pharmaceutical companies. We set up war. Wait a minute, let's talk about the patient. The patient doesn't need a war. – Donald Berwick
  3. Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage: the wife is in charge. – Bill Cosby
  4. The pursuit of truth will set you free; even if you never catch up with it. – Clarence Darrow
  5. Genius is talent set on fire by courage. – Henry Van Dyke
  6. If you believe that your thoughts originate inside your brain, do you also believe that television shows are made inside your television set – Warren Ellis
  7. It's easy to set a story anywhere if you get a good guidebook and get some basic street names, and some descriptions, but, for me, yes, I am indebted to my travels to India for several of the stories. – Jhumpa Lahiri
  8. Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever. – Horace Mann
  9. This country was founded on a core set of family values. These values should not be discouraged and blatantly undermined by the airing of offensive material on broadcast television and radio. – Kenny Marchant
  10. That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime- to set an example- and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history. – William McKinley
  11. Touring with King Crimson wasn't a lot of fun for me. I had a lot of equipment, and when I was in improvised music I'd set it up myself, play the gig, and put it all away again. – Jamie Muir
  12. There's a whole set of values, spawned by the vocal and highly visible Republicans, that appeal to the worst in people. Our society is moving in that direction. – Major R. Owens
  13. I've stood up to producers before, and even a director. I saw them being abusive. A lot of people on the set are scared to say stuff when they're not being treated right. – Natalie Portman
  14. And, of course, some SF is set close enough to here and now that Anglo and European do apply. Since many of the writers come from those backgrounds, so does much of the fiction. – Stanley Schmidt
  15. We see things like reciprocity which are fairly central to our view of ethics. But if you're talking about a set of worked -out rules on what we are supposed to do then, yes, it is a human product. – Peter Singer

Usage examples for set

  1. We set out together for Kylam. ” – The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins
  2. He set off some time back to look for you." ” – On the Banks of the Amazon by W.H.G. Kingston
  3. They were, however, in front, where he would sooner have them than behind, and he set off down the valley for Hexham. ” – Carmen's Messenger by Harold Bindloss
  4. This set me to thinking. ” – Lafcadio Hearn by Nina H. Kennard
  5. As soon as I heard of this, I set out with my people, but we have found nothing. ” – Early Plays Catiline, The Warrior's Barrow, Olaf Liljekrans by Henrik Ibsen
  6. “ I see all the while her mind was set on something. ” – Annie Kilburn A Novel by W. D. Howells
  7. We'll set it going some- you and I! ” – A Son of the Hills by Harriet T. Comstock
  8. “ I don't believe there's another man in the set who would have done it." ” – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  9. Don't set up long. ” – Flower of the Dusk by Myrtle Reed
  10. This set many people thinking. ” – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  11. “ He's set it up. ” – Space Platform by Murray Leinster
  12. Her grandmother shook her head, and tried to set her right. ” – Countess Erika's Apprenticeship by Ossip Schubin
  13. “ I shall have to leave you after I set you down. ” – The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katharine Green
  14. Would you like to see me set it now? ” – No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
  15. “ Merelli must be out of his head to set about such a thing! ” – The Genius by Margaret Horton Potter
  16. When will you set off? ” – The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat
  17. “ I was there, and set to with one of them. ” – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  18. You set out by saying that Dr. Ransford is in danger from the police, and that you know more- much more than the police! ” – The Paradise Mystery by J. S. Fletcher
  19. Ah, by the by, how do you mean to set about it? ” – Eve and David by Honore de Balzac

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Idioms for set