Examples of setoff in a Sentence
the architect used stone carvings as setoffs for the building's marble facing
First Known Use of setoff
Synonymsadornment, beautifier, caparison, doodad, embellisher, embellishment, frill, garnish, garnishment, garniture, ornament, ornamentation, decoration, trim
Related Wordsapparel, bells and whistles, blazonry, bric-a-brac, chichi, emblazonry, filigree, finery, foofaraw, frippery, frosting, froufrou; fal-lal, flounce, flourish, furbelow, ruffle; enhancement, enrichment, improvement; appliqué, embossment, embroidery, fancywork; bedizenment, gilt, glitter; design, figure, pattern; furnishings, regalia, trappings
Near Antonymsblemish, defacement, disfigurement, scar; blot, spot, stain
Definition of set off
- the respective totals shall be set off against one another
- —O. R. Hobson
- set off for home
Recent Examples of set off from the Web
With autumn approaching, B-Side’s patio is a lovely, leafy place to be, with bright blue tin tables setting off the red brick.
Witnesses recounted the horror of that night, describing how an initial lull in the shooting stoked confusion about what was happening before a second burst of gunfire set off a chaotic scramble toward the exits.
This suggestion, in its use of superlative, set off a competition—naturally.
The entrance, just around the corner from the Rockefeller Center skating rink, is almost always set off by a statement piece.
The storied event set off a combat sports revolution, and changed the martial arts fight world forever.
Broncos cornerback Aqib Tabib returned an interception off Dak Prescott 103 yards for a touchdown with 53 seconds left in the game, setting off a party in the stands among the few Broncos faithful who stayed to the end.
The expats complain about the noise: Churches set off firecrackers.
Perhaps there is value in running to win, but never so fast that performances set off alarms.
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First Known Use of set off
set off Synonyms
Synonymsactuate, crank (up), drive, move, run, activate, spark, start, touch off, trigger, turn on
Antonymscut, cut out, deactivate, kill, shut off, turn off
Related Wordskick over, turn over; charge, electrify, energize, fire, fuel, generate, power, push; discharge, launch, release, switch, trip; reactivate, recharge; arouse, excite, jump-start, kick-start, stimulate, vitalize; ignite, incite, instigate, provoke, quicken, stir up; accelerate, catalyze, speed (up), step up
Near Antonymsarrest, brake, check, cut off, draw up, halt, jam, stall, stick, stop; decelerate, repress, slow, stunt, suppress
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