set point


: a situation (as in tennis) in which one player will win the set by winning the next point
also : the point won
: 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 The Wolverines fought back to get to 24-22 but missed a serve on set point. Tim Meehan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Mar. 2024 In the tiebreaker, Djokovic finished a 21-shot rally with a stunning backhand crosscourt winner to get five set points. John Pye, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2024 Her backhand drop shot to earn set points in the first was a classic. John Pye, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2024 But for some people, their metabolic rate adjusts, creating a new set point at the higher weight. Christopher Thompson, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Sabalenka led 5-2 and missed a set point as Gauff went on a four-game roll to take a 6-5 lead. John Pye, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2024 One of the quickest ways to also cause your furnace to fail is to run it beyond its capacity, Schutt says, adding there's a misnomer that the air inside your home will be warmer if the thermostat is at a higher set point. Alexandria Burris, The Enquirer, 14 Jan. 2024 Djokovic saved three set points in the first set and then was two points from losing the second set. Chris Lehourites,, 10 July 2023 Signs of Fever in Babies and Children What To Avoid When Your Child Has a Fever Because of the bad rep, some people try to lower the fever with cold compresses or a cool bath, but that doesn't change the body's higher thermostat set point. Ada Fenick, Parents, 20 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of set point was in 1928

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“Set point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

set point

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