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setting

noun

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1 the circumstances, conditions, or objects by which one is surrounded
  • the novice camper felt lost outside of his familiar urban setting

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2 the place and time in which the action for a portion of a dramatic work (as a movie) is set
  • the setting for the novel is Victorian England

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setting

verb
present participle of set

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1 to cover and warm eggs as the young inside develop
  • the hen set for days

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2 to decide upon (the time or date for an event) usually from a position of authority
  • set a date for the wedding

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4 chiefly dialect to rest on the buttocks or haunches
  • come over and set for a spell

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5 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal
  • determined to see the West, she set her car towards the sun and drove off

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7 to put securely in place or in a desired position
  • had the jeweler set the diamond again

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8 to turn from a liquid into a substance resembling jelly
  • the gelatin is just starting to set now

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10 to become physically firm or solid
  • the concrete must set completely before anyone can walk on it

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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

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The first known use of setting was in the 14th century

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“Setting.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/setting. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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