set·ter | \ ˈse-tər \

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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What’s likely to be a bigger concern for rate-setters is that the core rate, which strips out potentially volatile items like energy and food, fell to just 0.7 percent in the year to April from 1 percent the month before. Washington Post, "EU predicts bright outlook for economy, tougher times for UK," 5 May 2018 Albrecht, a 6-foot senior outside hitter who earned second team All-American honors, will be joined onstage by her teammate Kelly Hunter, a senior setter and first team All-American. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Armstrong: North Aurora's Annika Albrecht rises as Nebraska volleyball walk-on to AAU Sullivan Award finalist," 7 Apr. 2018 The versatile setter led the Knights with 634 assists and 74 blocks while ranking among the team leaders with 222 digs, 146 kills and 46 aces. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "SPC champ Episcopal tops TAVC awards," 17 Jan. 2018 Image Soccer has given the world style setters including David Beckham, Aaron Ramsey and Graziano Pellè, to name a few. New York Times, "How Gareth Southgate Made the Waistcoat a Surprise World Cup M.V.P.," 13 July 2018 Tomball Memorial had one player make the list in senior right side hitter/setter Karli Rose. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Houston area volleyball players earn GHVCA preseason honors," 12 July 2018 Jenkins, an age-group All-America setter, is the only one of six OTVA starters who has not already committed to a major college. Buddy Collings,, "AAU volleyball title contenders include defending champ OTVA 16s," 24 June 2018 Toledo needs a new quarterback to replace a record-setter in Logan Woodside but brings back enough talent and experience to again be the favorite to wear the MAC crown. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Clemson, not Alabama, is the safest bet to win a conference title in 2018," 19 June 2018 Junior libero Ryan Schroeder had a team-best seven digs, and junior setter Joe Karlous had 34 assists. Matt Szabo,, "Newport Harbor boys’ volleyball sweeps Loyola, earns rematch against CdM," 25 May 2018

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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 \

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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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