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mis·​set ˌmis-ˈset How to pronounce misset (audio)
variants or mis-set
misset or mis-set; missetting ˌmis-ˈse-tiŋ How to pronounce misset (audio) or mis-setting

transitive verb

: 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
Scotland, old-fashioned : to put out of sorts : displease
"I did not say frighted, now—I only said mis-set wi' the thing …"Walter Scott


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: 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

Word History

First Known Use


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misset was in 1567

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“Misset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misset. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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