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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Any true jet-setter knows that one of the most difficult things about traveling is keeping your devices powered up on the go. Popular Mechanics, "Charge 4 Gadgets at Once with This Travel Adapter," 10 Jan. 2019 While Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ’ price-setters should be flogged for profiteering, the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 does indeed set new benchmarks for pickup-truck refinement, cabin content, efficiency and enormity. Dan Neil, WSJ, "A Luxury Truck Showdown: Ram 1500 vs. GMC Sierra," 11 Oct. 2018 Now, the British royals are known to be quite the jet-setters, so there’s a chance that Harry and Meghan could have done not one, but two of these trips. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Where in the World Are Harry and Meghan?," 20 Aug. 2018 Calling all jet-setters: Hertz just gave you another way to earn flier miles. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Can Now Earn SkyTeam Miles by Renting a Hertz Car," 17 Oct. 2018 Running finals start at 5 and include professional 100-meter dashes that meet officials say could include former East Ridge record-setter Kaylin Whitney. Buddy Collings,, "Golden South Classic draws top talent from Alabama, Texas, Virginia," 18 May 2018 The secret was that McDermott is a record-setter for Shepard. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Softball notes: Junior pitcher Bridget McDermott already striking it big in Shepard's record book," 7 May 2018 But Slauson has been a very, very durable player in his career and is a tone setter with his toughness. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Projecting Colts' 2018 starting offensive line," 27 Apr. 2018 The system long has been known as a bellwether and standard-setter among institutional investors. Michael Hiltzik,, "Questions about new CalPERS CFO's background and experience should be taken seriously by the pension fund," 16 Apr. 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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