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

Saisai and Sakkari exchanged breaks in the first set en route to the tiebreaker, which Zheng closed out on her second set point. Ted Ward, The Mercury News, "Tennis: Zheng Saisai reaches Silicon Valley Classic final," 3 Aug. 2019 The first break point of the third set was also a set point for Federer, earned with a deep forehand followed by a backhand half-volley winner. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Novak Djokovic Wins Wimbledon, Outlasting Roger Federer," 14 July 2019 Your mental health is vastly improved, your physical health is excellent, and your body is finding its set point for weight. Robin Abrahams, BostonGlobe.com, "Does this boyfriend make me look fat?," 11 July 2019 Nadal wasted three set points at 5-3, then another before getting broken when serving for it at 5-4. Howard Fendrich, The Denver Post, "Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to face off at Wimbledon for 1st time since 2008," 10 July 2019 Gauff took her third set point following a marathon rally that featured the duo trading backhand slices prior to the American ripping a backhand cross court to open the court. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Cori 'Coco' Gauff, 15, stages remarkable comeback at Wimbledon," 5 July 2019 The lack of focus drifted into his choices during points, too, including a mediocre volley that let Thiem deposit a backhand passing winner for a fourth set point. Howard Fendrich, chicagotribune.com, "Dominic Thiem ends Novak Djokovic's Grand Slam winning streak to reach French Open final," 8 June 2019 Vondrousova was able to recover from ominous positions in her previous two matches against Johanna Konta and Petra Martic -- down 5-3 in the first set and saving set points -- yet Barty wasn't as generous. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Ashleigh Barty beats Marketa Vondrousova to win French Open," 8 June 2019 But Djokovic hung around in the second and converted his first set point when a looping forehand from Nadal sailed wide for his first break of the match. Andrew Dampf, The Seattle Times, "Back on top: Nadal beats Djokovic for 9th Italian Open title," 19 May 2019

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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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