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.

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Williams was behind a set and a service break before managing to force a third set by prevailing on a fourth set point in the second set tiebreaker. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams upset in third round by Kiki Bertens," 6 July 2018 Anderson served for the third at 5-3, got broken, then had a pair of set points in that tiebreaker, double-faulting one away. Howard Fendrich, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois alumnus Kevin Anderson beats John Isner in longest semifinal in Wimbledon history," 13 July 2018 After losing the serve with the Lions at 24, Hsieh leapt and rifled a kill past Braintree for the set point. Josh Schafer, BostonGlobe.com, "For openers, Newton South boys’ volleyball sweeps Braintree," 1 June 2018 Bolelli produced a drop volley winner for a 6-3 lead in the tiebreaker, but Nadal discarded that trio of set points with an ace, a backhand volley winner and an inside-out forehand winner. New York Times, "Nadal Nearly Loses a Set; Sharapova Nearly Loses Her Match," 29 May 2018 Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine, one of the title favorites after retaining her Rome crown the week before Roland -Garros, came back from a set point down to beat the unseeded Australian Alja Tomljanovic, 7-5, 6-3. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "Venus Williams knocked out of French Open by world No. 91," 27 May 2018 After saving three set points, Djokovic closed it out before play was stopped with him leading, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9). Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Wimbledon: After Many, Many Hours, Kevin Anderson Beats John Isner in the Semifinals," 13 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of set point

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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