set point

noun

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 When the temperature dips far enough below the set point, the heating elements kick in. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Space Heaters for Warming Up the Office, Garage, or Home," 15 Sep. 2020 Medvedev held a set point at 6-5 in the tiebreaker and faltered again, even though Thiem felt something in his right heel while chasing a drop shot. Howard Fendrich, orlandosentinel.com, "Alexander Zverev erases 2-set hole, will face Dominic Thiem in U.S. Open final," 12 Sep. 2020 Southside, the two-time 6A state runner-up, had set point in each of the first two sets, but couldn't seal the deal. Paul Boyd, Arkansas Online, "Fayetteville sweeps Fort Smith Southside, stays unbeaten," 11 Sep. 2020 Williams was two points from victory at 6-all in the second-set tiebreaker, but faltered there, sending a backhand return long to give Sakkari her fifth set point, then pushing a forehand out. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "How to watch US Open 2020 final rounds without cable: Free live streams, TV info | Serena Williams, Dominic Thiem," 8 Sep. 2020 It was set point, and Tiafoe missed a backhand and that was it. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Frances Tiafoe's remarkable U.S. Open run comes to a halt in Round of 16 vs. Daniil Medvedev," 8 Sep. 2020 Amidst all that, Thiem saved two set points at 4-5 in the third with flashy winners after crucially fending off one against Nadal in their opening set. CNN, "Dominic Thiem beats Alexander Zverev to set up first Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic," 31 Jan. 2020 In the third, despite looking weary and ill, Thiem erased two set points with go-for-it winners — one a backhand, the other a forehand. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Dominic Thiem beats Alexander Zverev to reach first Australian Open final," 31 Jan. 2020 Members of each team (up to eight players total) take turns throwing their bocce balls as close as possible to a smaller target ball, racking up points until one team reaches the set point total. Eden Lichterman, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Family-Friendly Summer Lawn Games to Play This Season," 15 May 2020

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First Known Use of set point

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Set point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/set%20point. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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set point

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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

set point

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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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