misset

verb mis·set \ ˌmis-ˈset \
variants: or mis-set
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of misset

misset or mis-set; missetting play \ˌmis-ˈse-tiŋ\ or mis-setting
1 : to set (something) wrongly
  • … whose low moment of the games came when she fell on the vault, then later learned the apparatus had been misset by two inches.
  • —Todd Jacobson
  • … the landing gear problem in Boston had been caused by a … mechanic who was told by an F.A.A. inspector to examine the gear, and in doing so had mis-set a switch …
  • —Matthew L. Wald
2 Scottish, old-fashioned : to put out of sorts : displease
  • "I did not say frighted, now—I only said mis-set wi' the thing …"
  • —Walter Scott

First Known Use of misset

1567

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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mis-set

adjective

Definition of mis-set

: set or placed incorrectly
  • a mis-set thermostat
  • The recall itself came to fruition this week. The problem? Missing or mis-set piston rings that can cause engine failure.
  • Argus Leader

First Known Use of mis-set

1892

in the meaning defined above

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