pre·​set | \ˈprē-ˌset \
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

Through the digital dash, riders can customize the throttle response and traction control settings, or choose from presets: Sport, Standard, or Rain. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Indian’s New Motorcycle Is a Flat-Track Racer Built for the Road," 2 Oct. 2018 Lightsync offers presets for certain popular games like Fortnight. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Logitech’s successor to the G413 mechanical keyboard doubles key switch choices," 15 Mar. 2018 In addition to the normal nightly loop there are 40 presets available in the system, which already knows about specific holidays with custom color coding. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Meet the man who controls the colored lights over the Southwest Freeway bridges," 5 June 2018 Paul and Juicy forsake their vintage-horror-soundtrack synths for ones that belong in ‘80s action flicks, then toss those into a busy mix with nu-metal guitar presets and Eurodance samples. Patrick Lyons, Billboard, "10 Years Ago, Three 6 Mafia's 'Last 2 Walk' Almost Ruined Their Legacy," 24 June 2018 There are also presets for Houston's major sports and college teams. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Meet the man who controls the colored lights over the Southwest Freeway bridges," 5 June 2018 Brothers, like all Chase Bliss pedals, has digital microprocessors to allow the storing of presets. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology in Guitar Pedals Has Reached a New Level of Tonal Bliss," 20 Apr. 2018 The idea is to not leave your account on Facebook's presets. Nicole Kobie, Teen Vogue, "How to Delete Facebook Accounts," 21 Mar. 2018 Besides voice commands, consumers can interact with Kohler Konnect with hands-free motion control and personalized presets managed through a new application for iPhones and Android devices. Steve Jagler, USA TODAY, "'Flush!': New Kohler toilet operates by voice command," 8 Jan. 2018

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1929, in the meaning defined above


1953, in the meaning defined above

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