Set to

Definitions

  • "The men set to work to load their muskets."
    "The men set to work to load their muskets."
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Set to to affix: to apply one's self
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"All three set to work shoulder to shoulder." "All three set to work shoulder to shoulder."
Little Red Riding-Hood sets out to visit her Grandmother Little Red Riding-Hood sets out to visit her Grandmother
He Set to Work to Cut Out His Puppet He Set to Work to Cut Out His Puppet
How to set up the bed How to set up the bed
SET HIM TO DRAW WATER, HEW WOOD SET HIM TO DRAW WATER, HEW WOOD

Quotations

  • Les Brown
    Les%20Brown
    “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A baby sitter is someone who watches your TV set While your kids cry themselves to sleep.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Set a thief to catch a thief.”
  • Julie Krone
    Julie Krone
    “You have to set new goals every day.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    Wayne%20Dyer
    “You can set yourself up to be sick, or you can choose to stay well.”
  • Eric Butterworth
    Eric%20Butterworth
    “Our job is not to set things right but to see them right.”

Idioms

Set a thief to catch a thief - The best person to catch a criminal is another criminal as they understand how criminals work.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. settan; cog. with Ger. setzen, Ice. setja, Goth. satjan; settan is the weak causative of sittan, to sit.

Usage

In literature:

We at once found that it would be impossible to to get the schooner off, and we then set to work to examine her cargo.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
Though, in addition to the pumps, a gang of men were set to bale, the water still continued to gain on us.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
At last hunger compelled me to return, and I set to work to cook more of the wolf's flesh.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
The pumps were immediately manned, and all hands set to work to keep it under as much as possible.
"Twice Lost" by W.H.G. Kingston
I set to work to learn the language of the people, and soon was able to talk to them.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
After a good bathe I went back to my cabin and set to work to dress.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
Madge, you will have to set to and get up Norse to act as our interpreter.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
India's pretty piquant face set to a red-lipped soundless whistle.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
The crew, led by their officers, set to work to extinguish it.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
We then set to work to skin them, and to hang up the skins on the frames we had prepared.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
He had now to set a troop of boys running races, now to arrange another rustic dance.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
I don't know the rights of his claim by the laws of the folks who're set to worry us.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was thoroughly set to rights when Mr Hope went into it, and again after the riot; and I have heard no complaint since.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
They might be given over to the gladiatorial shows and set to fight each other, or wild beasts.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
He himself set to work to learn to use different tools, and in general he studied the trades of his people.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
Luckily both were set to rights, and the tide is in our favour so that we now hope to get in at 3.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
Going to my room I set to work and wrote nearly two thousand words of the sketch.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
The next day the cradle was made by Abe and Frank, the others setting to to dig and wash out in a bucket.
"Captain Bayley's Heir:" by G. A. Henty
It will set its feet on the Trail of Souls and walk west, to the land of the dead.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The whole of the vinegar should be previously scalded, and set to cool before it is put to the spice.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
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In poetry:

Is it but a world of trouble -
Sadness set to song?
Is its beauty but a bubble
Bound to break ere long?
"Speculation" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Good news to you, ye dead folk!
For you shall be set free.
Good tidings to all beings
That are, or are to be !
"Easter Song" by Leo Alishan
And when our course is nearly done,
And all our earthly trials past,
We turn to Friendship's setting sun,
And see it smiling to the last.
"Friendship" by Mary Anne Browne
Thro' the trees in the strange dead night,
Under the vast dead sky,
Forgetting and forgot, a drift of Dead
Sets to the mystic mere, the phantom fell,
And the unimagined vastitudes beyond.
"Trees And The Menace Of Night" by William Ernest Henley
"Faces, faces, faces of the streaming marching surge,
Streaming on the weary road, toward the awful steep,
Whence your glow and glory, as ye set to that sharp verge,
Faces lit as sunlit stars, shining as ye sweep?
"The Glorious Company" by Helen Gray Cone
I winked at 'im to start with; 'e grinned from ear to ear;
An' 'e says "Tipperary" an' I says "Sooveneer";
'E 'ad my only Woodbine, I 'ad 'is thin cigar,
Which set the ball a-rollin', an' so — well, there you are!
"The Conversation Book" by Cicely Fox Smith

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The new sitcom, featuring Perry as a newly widowed radio host forced to attend grief counseling before returning to work, is set to premiere on NBC on Sept 11 after a sneak peek previewed during the Olympics Aug 8 to 16.1 million viewers.
We asked listeners what they wanted to know about efforts to head off the package of tax hikes and spending cuts set to go into effect Jan 1, 2012.
Donald Trump is set to return to TV, but it's not to discuss politics.
MORRISTOWN — The town council is set to meet as the Alcoholic Beverage Control board tonight, to consider a liquor license transfer that would bring a combined bar and bowling alley to DeHart Street.
New albums Uno and Dos are already in stores, Tre is set to be released this December and the box set of all three to follow.
Rivalry with Nets set to launch at Nassau Coliseum. Rich Barnes/US PRESSWIRE Carmelo Anthony and Knicks coach Mike Woodson want to be the best in the NBA, but first they have to be the best in their own city.
The local coalition to combat teen pregnancy appears to be set to carry out this goal in the schools.
From accused murderers to drunk drivers, up to 260 inmates are set to move to their new home next month in the new jail.
Attorney James J Davis Jr says he wants to continue to a later date the trials for 11 of the fishermen set to start next week.
Martin O'Malley is set to meet with NAACP president Benjamin Jealous Thursday morning to discuss topics including repealing the death penalty , according to a spokeswoman for the governor.
On Saturday, the International Ski Federation is set to decide whether to waive the rules and give Vonn the chance to ski the men's course at Lake Louise, Alberta, later this month.
SAN FRANCISCO—The market for power management semiconductors, once forecast to grow modestly this year, is now set to decline 6 percent in 2012 due to pronounced weakness in global consumer markets, according to IHS iSuppli.
The ownermay well transform the factory pre sets,which are set to detectspecific metal targets.
Martin O'Malley is set to meet with NAACP president Benjamin Jealous Thursday morning to discuss topics including repealing the death penalty, according to a spokeswoman for the governor.
Three members of Alabama's national title 2009 football team were set to head to Los Angeles today to represent the Crimson Tide as part of tonight's annual ESPY awards.
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In science:

We define an A-set to be a U (A)-tuple of sets.
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
This means that both arguments are set to the number of the scalar boson and the couplings are set to zero.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
The semistandard basis theorem We give a slightly more general definition for the cyclotomic q -Schur algebras than appeared in in that we allow the set Λ to be an arbitrary finite set of multicompositions.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
The procedure is shown allowing for an application of any algorithm for computing integrals (in the deterministic, randomized or quantum setting) to yield a new algorithm for initial-value problems in the respective setting.
Randomized and Quantum Algorithms Yield a Speed-Up for Initial-Value Problems
In the quantum setting the value of δ is usually set to δ = 1/4.
Randomized and Quantum Algorithms Yield a Speed-Up for Initial-Value Problems
When σi is set to σi = +1, m+ function nodes in the set Vi may be unsatisfied.
Long range frustration in finite connectivity spin glasses: A mean field theory and its application to the random $K$-satisfiability problem
This means that, if the spin on an unfrozen vertex is set to a given value, the spins on other O(N ) unfrozen vertices should also be set to the corresponding values.
Long range frustration in finite connectivity spin glasses: A mean field theory and its application to the random $K$-satisfiability problem
We will find a very restricted set of maps that transform any definable set to a pullback from RV.
Integration in valued fields
Moreover, we conjecture that uniformly perfect sets present exactly the class of sets to which Theorem 4.8 can be generalized as in Problem 8.
Constructive Function Theory on Sets of the Complex Plane through Potential Theory and Geometric Function Theory
On the first iteration the stretch is set to 1 and the date of maximum is set to the date of the brightest point.
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe
The sl(3) webs are directed cubic bipartite planar graphs together circles (no vertices) where the direction of the edges is from one set to the other set in the bipartition.
Jones-Wenzl idempotents For Rank 2 Simple Lie algebras
For instance, the polar sets to the dependency set K appear as multivariate quantiles of the corresponding max-stable random vector, i.e. the level sets of its cumulative distribution function.
Convex geometry of max-stable distributions
E : F (x) ≥ α} = {x ∈ E : e−h(K,x∗ ) ≥ α} = {x∗ : x ∈ E, h(K, x) ≤ − log α} = (− log α){x∗ : x ∈ K o} , i.e. multivariate quantiles of the cumulative distribution function of a simple max-stable random vector are inverted rescaled variants of the polar set to the dependency set K .
Convex geometry of max-stable distributions
Arguing as in the computation leading to (5.7) (except that LJ is divided into more sets to achieve independence, and the number of such sets depends on K ), we conclude that for each J, K there is an L2 = L2 (J, K ) such that for all L > L2(J, K ), P (cid:16) ^ManyBadL,J,K (cid:17) ≤ exp h− (log L)2 i .
Multiscale analysis of exit distributions for random walks in random environments
By using the change of variables (5) and rearranging components of the energy-momentum tensor (3) appropriately we get three independent set of expressions, all of which are set to zero.
Non-Gravitating Scalar Field in the FRW Background
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