Definitions of set

  1. arrange attractively; " dress my hair for the wedding"
  2. adapt for performance in a different way; " set this poem to music"
  3. the state of the environment in which a situation exists; " you can't do that in a university setting"
  4. an unofficial association of people or groups; " the smart set goes there"; " they were an angry lot"
  5. a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; " the set of his mind was obvious"
  6. become gelatinous; " the liquid jelled after we added the enzyme"
  7. insert ( a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)
  8. decide upon or fix definitely; " fix the variables"; " specify the parameters"
  9. fix conclusively or authoritatively; " set the rules"
  10. 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"
  11. several exercises intended to be done in series; " he did four sets of the incline bench press"
  12. ( 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"
  13. 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"
  14. disappear beyond the horizon; of celestial bodies such as the sun and the moon
  15. converted to solid form ( as concrete)
  16. the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization; " the hardening of concrete"; " he tested the set of the glue"
  17. set down according to a plan:" a carefully laid table with places set for four people"; " stones laid in a pattern"
  18. 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"
  19. get ready for a particular purpose or event; " set up an experiment"; " set the table"; " lay out the tools for the surgery"
  20. locate; " The film is set in Africa"
  21. 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"
  22. put or set ( seeds or seedlings) into the ground; " Let's plant flowers in the garden"
  23. estimate; " We put the time of arrival at 8 P. M."
  24. ( 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"
  25. the act of putting something in position; " he gave a final set to his hat"
  26. any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals; " the early sets ran on storage batteries"
  27. representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production; " the sets were meticulously authentic"
  28. the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon; " before the set of sun"
  29. 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"
  30. ( mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols; " the set of prime numbers is infinite"
  31. evil beast- headed god with high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris
  32. a unit of play in tennis or squash; " they played two sets of tennis after dinner"
  33. being below the horizon; " the moon is set"
  34. urge a dog to attack someone
  35. evil beast- headed Egyptian god with high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris
  36. bear fruit; " the apple trees fructify"
  37. alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; " Adjust the clock, please"; " correct the alignment of the front wheels"
  38. set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly; " set clocks or instruments"
  39. put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state; " set the house afire"
  40. equip with sails, masts, etc.; " rig a ship"
  41. establish as the highest level or best performance; " set a record"
  42. give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
  43. fix in a border; " The goldsmith set the diamond"
  44. put into a position that will restore a normal state; " set a broken bone"
  45. apply or start; " set fire to a building"
  46. disappear beyond the horizon; " the sun sets early these days"
  47. 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.
  48. A stone, commonly of granite, shaped like a short brick and usually somewhat larger than one, used for street paving. Commonly written sett.
  49. Camber of a curved roofing tile.
  50. The manner, state, or quality of setting or fitting; fit; as, the set of a coat.
  51. 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.
  52. Hence, to attach or affix ( something) to something else, or in or upon a certain place.
  53. 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.
  54. To fix firmly; to make fast, permanent, or stable; to render motionless; to give an unchanging place, form, or condition to.
  55. 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.
  56. To fix beforehand; to determine; hence, to make unyielding or obstinate; to render stiff, unpliant, or rigid; as, to set one's countenance.
  57. To fix in the ground, as a post or a tree; to plant; as, to set pear trees in an orchard.
  58. 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.
  59. To render stiff or solid; especially, to convert into curd; to curdle; as, to set milk for cheese.
  60. To put into a desired position or condition; to adjust; to regulate; to adapt.
  61. To put in order in a particular manner; to prepare; as, to set ( that is, to hone) a razor; to set a saw.
  62. To extend and bring into position; to spread; as, to set the sails of a ship.
  63. To give a pitch to, as a tune; to start by fixing the keynote; as, to set a psalm.
  64. To reduce from a dislocated or fractured state; to replace; as, to set a broken bone.
  65. To make to agree with some standard; as, to set a watch or a clock.
  66. To lower into place and fix solidly, as the blocks of cut stone in a structure.
  67. To stake at play; to wager; to risk.
  68. To fit with music; to adapt, as words to notes; to prepare for singing.
  69. To determine; to appoint; to assign; to fix; as, to set a time for a meeting; to set a price on a horse.
  70. To adorn with something infixed or affixed; to stud; to variegate with objects placed here and there.
  71. To establish as a rule; to furnish; to prescribe; to assign; as, to set an example; to set lessons to be learned.
  72. To suit; to become; as, it sets him ill.
  73. To compose; to arrange in words, lines, etc.; as, to set type; to set a page.
  74. To pass below the horizon; to go down; to decline; to sink out of sight; to come to an end.
  75. To fit music to words.
  76. To place plants or shoots in the ground; to plant.
  77. 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).
  78. To become fixed or rigid; to be fastened.
  79. To congeal; to concrete; to solidify.
  80. 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.
  81. To fit or suit one; to sit; as, the coat sets well.
  82. Fixed in position; immovable; rigid; as, a set line; a set countenance.
  83. Firm; unchanging; obstinate; as, set opinions or prejudices.
  84. Regular; uniform; formal; as, a set discourse; a set battle.
  85. Established; prescribed; as, set forms of prayer.
  86. Adjusted; arranged; formed; adapted.
  87. The act of setting, as of the sun or other heavenly body; descent; hence, the close; termination.
  88. That which is set, placed, or fixed.
  89. A young plant for growth; as, a set of white thorn.
  90. That which is staked; a wager; a venture; a stake; hence, a game at venture.
  91. Permanent change of figure in consequence of excessive strain, as from compression, tension, bending, twisting, etc.; as, the set of a spring.
  92. A kind of punch used for bending, indenting, or giving shape to, metal; as, a saw set.
  93. 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.
  94. A short steel spike used for driving the head of a nail below the surface.
  95. 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.
  96. A number of persons associated by custom, office, common opinion, quality, or the like; a division; a group; a clique.
  97. Direction or course; as, the set of the wind, or of a current.
  98. In dancing, the number of persons necessary to execute a quadrille; also, the series of figures or movements executed.
  99. 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.
  100. A young oyster when first attached.
  101. Collectively, the crop of young oysters in any locality.
  102. 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.
  103. That dimension of the body of a type called by printers the width.
  104. To value; to rate; - with at.
  105. To point out the seat or position of, as birds, or other game; - said of hunting dogs.
  106. To begin to move; to go out or forth; to start; - now followed by out.
  107. 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.
  108. To apply one's self; to undertake earnestly; - now followed by out.
  109. Readiness to think or respond in a predetermined way when confronted with a problem or stimulus situation.
  110. 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.
  111. 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.
  112. Fixed or established; regular; determined; firm; formal; as, a set speech; immovable.
  113. 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.
  114. Set.
  115. Setting.
  116. Popular term for correcting a dislocated joint.
  117. 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.
  118. 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.
  119. Seated, so in B.: fixed: firm: determined: regular: established.
  120. A number of things similar or suited to each other, set or used together: a number of persons associated: direction.
  121. A number of things belonging together; number of persons associated; direction.
  122. Fixed; regular; prescribed.
  123. To place; put; fix; spread, as sails; stud or adorn.
  124. To sink below the horizon; become fixed or firm; tend; apply one's self.
  125. To cause to sit; to put in place; place; put; appoint; settle.
  126. To fix ( a price).
  127. To pass below the horizon; decline; sink; fade.
  128. To solidify; become fixed.
  129. To tend; incline.
  130. To exert one's powers.
  131. To fit, as a garment.
  132. Fixed; obstinate.
  133. Established or prescribed.
  134. Rigid; stationary.
  135. A collection; class; group.
  136. Position or direction.
  137. The act of sinking below the horizon, as a heavenly body.
  138. Regular; formal; fixed in opinion; determined; pre- determined; prescribed.
  139. 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.
  140. 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.
  141. 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.
  142. of Set
  143. Regular; formal; determined; obstinate; established or fixed.
  144. 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.
  145. 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.

Antonyms for set

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

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. This set many people thinking. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. I shall have to leave you after I set you down. – The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katharine Green
  3. Merelli must be out of his head to set about such a thing! – The Genius by Margaret Horton Potter
  4. I don't believe there's another man in the set who would have done it." – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  5. Ah, by the by, how do you mean to set about it? – Eve and David by Honore de Balzac
  6. This set me to thinking. – Lafcadio Hearn by Nina H. Kennard
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. When will you set off? – The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat
  10. He set off some time back to look for you." – On the Banks of the Amazon by W.H.G. Kingston
  11. We'll set it going some- you and I! – A Son of the Hills by Harriet T. Comstock
  12. He's set it up. – Space Platform by Murray Leinster
  13. Would you like to see me set it now? – No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
  14. 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
  15. I see all the while her mind was set on something. – Annie Kilburn A Novel by W. D. Howells
  16. Her grandmother shook her head, and tried to set her right. – Countess Erika's Apprenticeship by Ossip Schubin
  17. We set out together for Kylam. – The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins
  18. I was there, and set to with one of them. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  19. Don't set up long. – Flower of the Dusk by Myrtle Reed

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