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

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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,, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 That's somewhat understandable, since all those picture choices were preset by Nintendo until very recently. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Switch-hacking trolls reportedly loading pornographic profile pictures," 22 June 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, "Hilton Plans to Roll Out ‘Smart’ Hotel Rooms Over 2018," 7 Dec. 2017 Kerri Mauch from Griffith presets QQ Trivia on Wednesdays. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "A gathering spot," 22 Dec. 2017 Previous missions had attempted to preset the cameras to pan upwards as the Lunar Module left the Moon, but something had always gone wrong. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Whatever Happened to Apollo 17's Moon Camera?," 21 July 2017 Most terms to rookie contracts are preset by the labor pact., "Bosa agent: Fines can void $ guarantee," 10 May 2017 Furthermore, the size and growth of a school do not impact class size, which is preset by the district. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Q&A: Greenwood Village’s Orchard Station Subarea Plan," 8 May 2017 The tarot elements present in the designer’s first two collections for the house were preset as well, intricately beaded appliqué hearts and stars mixed in with embroidered and printed imagery of shamans with horned headpieces and female figures. Adam Tschorn,, "Dior gets dusty and delicate, wild and woolly in the canyons of Calabasas," 15 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most vehicles draw some battery current when the key is off, thanks to the clock and the internal memory of engine computers, body-control modules, and radio presets. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "How To Diagnose a Dead Battery," 26 Jan. 2017 Influencers run all their photos through a specific preset in order to cultivate a specific aesthetic and make their feed look cohesive. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 Black Octopus has steep discounts on sample packs, Kontakt instruments, and plug-in presets, with some as much as 60 percent off. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "The best Black Friday deals for DJs and electronic musicians," 21 Nov. 2018 Taylor Lorenz writes about the unlikely way that Instagram stars are making money: Lightoom presets. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 Alongside customizing cars, players can customize their characters with 14 available presets plus 500 apparel options and 50 emotes. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About Forza Horizon 4," 11 Sep. 2018 The biggest drop was during the Metro: Last Light Redux benchmark at 1080p resolution with graphics on the High preset. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "AMD ReLive review: A stylish video capture tool for Radeon graphics cards," 31 Jan. 2019 Our first test toward this goal is to take an 8K Red camera raw video file, add a couple of titles, and export the final video file from a Premiere timeline as a H.264 file using the YouTube 2160P 4K UHD preset. Richard Baguley, Ars Technica, "Review: Intel’s 9th Gen Core i9 9900K processor hits 5GHz—just at a price," 17 Nov. 2018 The bundle includes 21 classic synths and keyboards with over 6,500 presets. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "The best Black Friday deals for DJs and electronic musicians," 21 Nov. 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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