setting

noun
set·​ting | \ ˈse-tiŋ \

Definition of setting

1 : the manner, position, or direction in which something is set
2 : the frame or bed in which a gem is set also : style of mounting
3a : the time, place, and circumstances in which something occurs or develops
b : the time and place of the action of a literary, dramatic, or cinematic work
c : the scenery used in a theatrical or film production
4 : the music composed for a text (such as a poem)
5 : the articles of tableware for setting a place at table two settings of sterling silver
6 : a batch of eggs for incubation

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background, setting, environment, milieu, mise-en-scène mean the place, time, and circumstances in which something occurs. background often refers to the circumstances or events that precede a phenomenon or development. the shocking decision was part of the background of the riots setting suggests looking at real-life situations in literary or dramatic terms. a militant reformer who was born into an unlikely social setting environment applies to all the external factors that have a formative influence on one's physical, mental, or moral development. the kind of environment that produces juvenile delinquents milieu applies especially to the physical and social surroundings of a person or group of persons. an intellectual milieu conducive to artistic experimentation mise-en-scène strongly suggests the use of properties to achieve a particular atmosphere or theatrical effect. a gothic thriller with a carefully crafted mise-en-scène

Examples of setting in a Sentence

This would be a beautiful setting for a picnic. He tends to be shy in social settings. dining in a casual setting The movie changes the play's setting from the late 18th century to the year 2000. She uses modern-day Los Angeles as the setting for her book. Save money by turning the temperature settings up in the summer and down in the winter. She just learned how to change the settings on her camera.
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The top bar shows the date and time in the middle, status notifications, a power menu, settings for audio, power, and wireless to the right and an application launcher to the left. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream," 28 Dec. 2018 And royal fans will remember it as the setting for Princess Charlotte's christening in 2015. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About St Mary Magdalene, the Church the Royal Family Visits on Christmas," 22 Dec. 2018 Pyer Moss’s Spring 2019 Show CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner Kerby Jean-Raymond chose Weeksville, Brooklyn, as the setting for his Spring 2019 show. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "From Runway Protests to A #MeToo Blackout, Here Are 12 Ways Fashion Tried to Change The World in 2018," 19 Dec. 2018 The Electric Products Group conference was fast approaching in May in Sarasota, the setting for Immelt’s last stand a year earlier. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 In the impoverished, dour neighborhood in post-war Naples that provides the setting for Elena Ferrante's four Neapolitan Novels, violence is as much a staple of survival as food and water. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "My Brilliant Friend Producer Breaks Down the Violence of Episode 1," 19 Nov. 2018 This snowy swath of Tohoku’s Ōu Mountains is also the setting for the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Deep North. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 The space will also be the setting for art shows and other special events. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "A quiet place to meet old La Porte," 10 July 2018 To most people, a park that shares space with an industrial-size pile of road salt might not be an ideal setting for outdoor summer theater. Gail Waterhouse, BostonGlobe.com, "In Chelsea, ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a work of industry," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of setting

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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setting

noun

English Language Learners Definition of setting

: the place and conditions in which something happens or exists

: the time, place, and conditions in which the action of a book, movie, etc., takes place

: the rooms, painted backgrounds, furniture, etc., that are used for a scene in a movie or play

setting

noun
set·​ting | \ ˈse-tiŋ\

Kids Definition of setting

1 : the act of someone or something that sets
2 : that in which something is set or mounted a gold setting for a ruby
3 : the background (as time and place) of the action of a story or play

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