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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For us, camping without a fire is about as pointless as hunting upland birds without a setter. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Swan Lake Fire may have ruined a weekend, but there is relief that it finally happened," 17 July 2019 Arizona State volleyball's 2021 recruiting class is up to four players, building on the early commitment from setter Allie Gray. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU volleyball 2021 recruiting class continues to grow," 16 July 2019 Rising senior setter Paige Underbrink was named to the preseason team and rising junior middle blocker Linnea McClendon was named to the preseason watchlist. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Houston volleyball players earn GHVCA preseason honors," 12 July 2019 Hike Attempting to label record setters on the trail can be complicated and confusing. Mary Beth Skylis, Outside Online, "How Jeff Garmire Set the Arizona Trail FKT," 15 June 2019 Switching from outside hitter to setter is a big job. Sean Begin,, "Boys volleyball: Newington tops Cheshire for third straight Class M title," 7 June 2019 Clear Falls also advanced to the state tournament in 2013, forging a 40-7 record and lost to The Woodlands in the state semifinals in another four-setter. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Volleyball: Alison Kley Williams named head coach at Clear Falls," 18 June 2019 The fall means inflation is back at the Bank of England’s target of 2% and could ease the pressure on rate-setters to back a rate hike in the near future. Washington Post, "UK inflation falls back to target ahead of rate decision," 20 June 2019 Hailey Hayes, Foothill, Jr.: A table-setter for a perfect 28-0 squad, this Boise State commit hit .458 with 10 doubles and crossed the plate 25 times to earn first-team all-East Bay Athletic League recognition. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, "All-Bay Area News Group softball: Meet the 2019 team," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of setter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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