set·​ter | \ ˈse-tər How to pronounce setter (audio) \

Definition of setter

1 : one that sets
2 : a large bird dog (such as an Irish setter) of a type trained to point on finding game

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Recent Examples on the Web Its median rate-setter expects the unemployment rate to be no lower than 6.5% at the end of 2021. The Economist, "From yields to maturity The Fed has been supporting markets. Now it must find ways to boost growth," 20 June 2020 Also named to the 6A team are junior setter Jenna Gray of Pearland, senior outside hitter Teresa Garza of Alvin, senior Phoebe Stigen of Deer Park and junior outside hitter Deja Benjamin of Shadow Creek. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood’s Svoboda is Class 5A preseason volleyball player of year," 17 June 2020 Simon & Schuster announced the very next day that the book was already a record-setter for the publishing company. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Bob Woodward's second Trump book to be released ahead of 2020 election," 17 June 2020 That’s up nearly an inch from April -- also a record-setter -- and more than an inch above May 2019, which until June 2019 was the highest water level recorded on Lake Erie ever, at 574.61 feet. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Lake Erie broke May high water record -- again," 16 June 2020 Dallas voters elected him a year ago to be the face, the voice and the vision setter of this city. Dallas News, "Mayor Johnson, a year ago you promised to unify Dallas. How about starting at City Hall?," 7 June 2020 That's the screen-setter who slashes to the rim as the Pacers are late or fail to rotate to help the big who is helping ice the action. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Pacers were figuring things out before stoppage. Now healed up, they're ready for restart.," 5 June 2020 By the end of our outing, though, Chelsea and a younger setter named Parker have flushed out eight grouse. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "West Nile virus is still here, and it has killed millions of U.S. birds," 4 June 2020 This explanation — relying on ocean tides as a pace-setter — is commonly accepted in the research community, according to Martin Jakobsson of Stockholm University, who published a comment on the new research in Science this week. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Rapid Antarctic Ice Melt in the Past Bodes Ill for the Future," 29 May 2020

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First Known Use of setter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jun 2020

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“Setter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of setter

: a person or thing that determines or establishes something
: a large dog that has long ears and long, smooth hair


set·​ter | \ ˈse-tər How to pronounce setter (audio) \

Kids Definition of setter

1 : a large dog that has long hair and is used in hunting birds
2 : someone or something that sets

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