set point


Definition of set point 

1 : a situation (as in tennis) in which one player will win the set by winning the next point also : the point won

2 : the level or point at which a variable physiological state (such as body temperature or weight) tends to stabilize

Examples of set point in a Sentence

He won with an ace on his second set point. He won with an ace on set point.

Recent Examples on the Web

Beginning his bid for a record-extending 11th championship at Roland Garros, Nadal needed to erase four set points to close things out Tuesday. New York Times, "Nadal Nearly Loses a Set; Sharapova Nearly Loses Her Match," 29 May 2018 Nadal had four set points in the second-set tiebreaker to take a two-set lead against del Potro, but failed to convert them. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "On a Wild Day at Wimbledon, Federer Exits and Nadal Hangs On," 11 July 2018 Argentine Del Potro fought off four set points in the second-set tiebreaker and won, tying the match one set apiece and setting the tone for a thriller that stretched into the late evening. Sam Farmer,, "It's Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic and John Isner-Kevin Anderson in very different Wimbledon men's singles semifinals," 11 July 2018 Williams claimed the first set on a fourth set point in the 12th game when Mladenovic double-faulted. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Serena Williams' quest for history rolls on with third round win at Wimbledon," 6 July 2018 On set point, Goerges tried a lob and Williams hit an overhead that wasn’t quite good enough to end the exchange. Howard Fendrich,, "Serena Williams overwhelms Julia Goerges at French Open; Maria Sharapova next," 2 June 2018 Many of the best points came in the tiebreaker, including a 23-shot rally that Nadal finished off with a forehand half-volley drop shot to set up his first set point. Mattias Karen,, "Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal to finish their Wimbledon semifinal Saturday," 13 July 2018 The score flipped a Federer set point to a Del Potro break point, which the Argentine quickly converted. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Was Roger Federer's Wimbledon collapse the worst of his career? Ranking his five biggest losses.," 11 July 2018 The hosts would convert their second set point, on a kill by Bollinger. Matt Szabo,, "Huntington Beach boys’ volleyball rallies over Westlake into CIF quarterfinals," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of set point

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of set point

tennis : a situation in which one player or team can win the set by winning the next point; also : the point that must be won to win a set

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Medical Definition of set point 

: the level or point at which a variable physiological state (as body temperature or weight) tends to stabilize

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