set-in

1 of 3

adjective

1
: placed, located, or built as a part of some other construction
a set-in bookcase
a set-in washbasin
2
: cut separately and stitched in
set-in sleeves

set-in

2 of 3

noun

: insert

set in

3 of 3

verb

set in; setting in; sets in

transitive verb

: insert
especially : to stitch (a small part) within a large article
set in a sleeve of a dress

intransitive verb

: to become established

Example Sentences

Verb a cold spell set in sometime last week

Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1953, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of set-in was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near set-in

Cite this Entry

“Set-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/set-in. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

set-in 1 of 2

adjective

ˌset-ˌin
: cut separately and stitched in
set-in sleeves

set in

2 of 2

verb

1
2
: to make its appearance : begin
winter set in early
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