set


1set

verb \ˈset\
setset·ting

Definition of SET

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
c :  to place in a specified literary or dramatic setting
<a story set in Paris>
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
set about
:  to begin to do
set apart
1
:  to reserve to a particular use
2
:  to make noticeable or outstanding
set aside
1
:  to put to one side :  discard
2
:  to reserve for a purpose :  save
3
:  dismiss
4
set at
:  to mount an attack on :  assail <would go although…devils should set at me — Charlotte Yonge>
set eyes on
:  to catch sight of
set foot in
:  enter
set foot on
:  to step onto
set forth
1
:  to give an account or statement of
2
:  to start out on a journey
set forward
1
:  further
2
:  to start out on a journey
set in motion
:  to give impulse to <sets the story in motion vividly — Howard Thompson>
set one's hand to
:  to become engaged in
set one's heart on
:  resolve vt vt 5 <she set her heart on going to medical school>
set one's house in order
:  to organize one's affairs
set one's sights on
:  to determine to pursue
set one's teeth on edge
set one straight
:  to correct someone by providing accurate information
set sail
:  to start out on a course; especially :  to begin a voyage <set sail for Bermuda>
set store by or set store on
:  to consider valuable, trustworthy, or worthwhile
set the stage
:  to provide the basis or background <this trend will set the stage for higher earnings>
set to music
:  to provide music or instrumental accompaniment for (a text)
set upon
:  to attack usually with violence <the dogs set upon the trespassers>

Origin of SET

Middle English setten, from Old English settan; akin to Old High German sezzen to set, Old English sittan to sit
First Known Use: before 12th century

2set

noun

Definition of SET

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 \ˈset\
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

First Known Use of SET

14th century

3set

adjective

Definition of SET

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>

Origin of SET

Middle English sett, from Old English gesett, past participle of settan
First Known Use: 14th century

set

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In mathematics and logic, any collection of objects (elements), which may be mathematical (e.g., numbers, functions) or not. The intuitive idea of a set is probably even older than that of number. Members of a herd of animals, for example, could be matched with stones in a sack without members of either set actually being counted. The notion extends into the infinite. For example, the set of integers from 1 to 100 is finite, whereas the set of all integers is infinite. A set is commonly represented as a list of all its members enclosed in braces. A set with no members is called an empty, or null, set, and is denoted . Because an infinite set cannot be listed, it is usually represented by a formula that generates its elements when applied to the elements of the set of counting numbers. Thus, {2x

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