pre·​set | \ ˈprē-ˌset How to pronounce preset (audio) \
preset; presetting

Definition of preset

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to set in advance



Definition of preset (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as a radio station) preprogrammed into a device

Examples of preset in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Only the Exponential Festival had preset an online option, with 15 shows to be presented live and four to be made available on YouTube. New York Times, 3 Jan. 2022 This adjustable computer desk features a minimalist design and can be fixed at any height between 28 and 46 inches, with the option to preset four different levels. Popular Science, 26 Feb. 2021 The desk can be adjusted with the click of a button to anywhere between 29 inches and 47 inches, and users can preset three heights. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, 24 Feb. 2021 These include the ability to remotely start the engine, preset the standard dual-zone climate control, and even open the trunklid without having to use your hands. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 30 June 2020 At the center of one, preset with plates of tuna tartar and salad to share, Kardashian West took a seat with two lawyers and three women who had been released from federal prison just two weeks before. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2020 The dimmer on this model is stepless, meaning you're not confined to preset light levels. Popular Science, 22 Oct. 2019 Cabin controls are neatly arranged in two tiers for audio and AC-vent-fan with an 8-inch touch screen for navigation, phone, radio, apps and a custom button to preset a special direct access for phone or Kia’s UVO subscription e-services. Mark Maynard,, 13 July 2018 But soon, travelers will also be able to preset preferences like temperature, lights, and favorite TV channels or streaming services. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Dec. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Particularly remarkable on the gaming front is a new low latency mode that appears during demonstrations to get input lag with 4K/60Hz games down to a mind-blowing 1.5ms from the already impressive 10.5ms delivered by the standard Game preset. John Archer, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 The last chart shows the Ryzen 7 5700G with that same Radeon RX 6900XT, running Borderlands 3 at 720p and the Badass preset. Sebastian Schenzinger, PCWorld, 3 Aug. 2021 Up first is Metro Exodus set to 1080p and using the low preset. Sebastian Schenzinger, PCWorld, 3 Aug. 2021 The Vivid mode does get to a pretty impressive 872 nits, but the overall aggression this preset is way too strong to deliver a natural, engaging picture. John Archer, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 The Movie and Speech presets were handy for highlighting explosions and dialogue in Captain America: Civil War, respectively, while the Music preset is fairly subtle and didn’t do much to enhance the headset’s relatively poor music output. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, 15 Mar. 2021 Even the popular default Standard preset gets more benefit from the evo panel than the minor step-up in measurable brightness might lead you to expect. John Archer, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 The Game preset is generally balanced, while Heavy Bass, well… adds more bass. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, 15 Mar. 2021 So the much more stable 2007 nits achieved using the Standard preset is arguably a more realistic brightness figure for most day to day use. John Archer, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 See More

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1929, in the meaning defined above


1953, in the meaning defined above

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