setback

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set·back

noun \ˈset-ˌbak\

: a problem that makes progress more difficult or success less likely

Full Definition of SETBACK

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:  a checking of progress
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:  4pitch 7
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:  a placing of a face of a building on a line some distance to the rear of the building line or of the wall below; also :  the area produced by a setback
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:  automatic scheduled adjustment to a lower temperature setting of a thermostat
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:  the distance of a structure or other feature (as a well or septic system) from the property line or other feature

Examples of SETBACK

  1. Despite some early setbacks, they eventually became a successful company.
  2. <the colonists persevered despite suffering setbacks that would have discouraged lesser souls>

First Known Use of SETBACK

1674

Rhymes with SETBACK

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setback

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In architecture, a steplike recession in the profile of a high-rise building. Usually dictated by building codes to allow sunlight to reach streets and lower floors, the building must take another step back from the street for every specified added height interval. Without building setbacks, many of New York City's streets would be in constant shadow. In the 1920s architects drew attention to their setbacks with decorative devices—mosaics; Chinese, Mayan, or Greek motifs; or geometric blocks—but later architects deemphasized them. The International Style glass-wall skyscraper was typically built without intermittent setbacks, but architects met zoning requirements by creating one huge setback at ground level that created a plaza. The late 20th century saw a return to decorative setbacks.

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