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 Consider his effort on set point, with the match level at one set apiece and Zverev serving at 4–5. Stanley Kay,, "The Joy of Watching Diego Schwartzman," 3 Sep. 2019 Medvedev won the third and got some cheers for a great shot on set point. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "US Open: Daniil Medvedev angers crowd by tossing aside towel, giving obscene gesture," 31 Aug. 2019 Soon after Thiem ripped a backhand return on a fourth set point, the 15-time major champion received a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Disgruntled Novak Djokovic exits French Open to end grand slam winning streak," 8 June 2019 Newport Harbor immediately responded, however, with back-to-back kills by Pender, then a block by Pender and senior middle blocker Will Axton on set point. Matt Szabo,, "Newport Harbor boys’ volleyball sweeps Edison, moves into outright first place in Sunset League," 31 Mar. 2018 But trailing 2–5, Gauff looked unflappable, holding serve before breaking Hercog and ultimately sending second set to a tiebreaker, which Gauff won 9–7 despite failing to convert two set points. Stanley Kay,, "Coco Gauff Rallies to Beat Polona Hercog, Advances to Fourth Round at Wimbledon," 5 July 2019 The American double faulted on Andreescu’s set point and gave it to the teenager after an incredibly tense and competitive start to the match. Washington Post, "In U.S. Open final, Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams, and history, and the crowd," 7 Sep. 2019 Serving at 4–5, and facing a break point that was also set point, Andreescu double-faulted. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Bianca Andreescu Makes the Case for More Attention in Her Victory Over Taylor Townsend," 3 Sep. 2019 But Potapova, the 18-year-old Russian ranked 72nd, served it out at 15, as Gauff knocked a forehand long on set point. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "US Open: Coco Gauff drops first set in New York debut, but forces decisive third," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of set point

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of set point was in 1928

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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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