set about

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v set about take the first step or steps in carrying out an action "We began working at dawn","Who will start?","Get working as soon as the sun rises!","The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia","He began early in the day","Let's get down to work now"
    • v set about enter upon an activity or enterprise
    • v set about begin to deal with "approach a task","go about a difficult problem","approach a new project"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Lemon shark grows about 24,000 new teeth a year. A new set of teeth grow approximately every 14 days
    • Set about to begin
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Quotations

  • Dean William R. Inge
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    “I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.”
  • Denis Waitley
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    “Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.”
  • Mario Puzo
    Mario Puzo
    “Like many businessmen of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient. And so he simply set about achieving that efficient monopoly.”
  • Francie Larrieu Smith
    Francie Larrieu Smith
    “The most important thing about motivation is goal setting. You should always have a goal.”
  • Tom Landry
    Tom Landry
    “Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”
  • Bill Paxton
    Bill Paxton
    “It's very liberating to be naked in front of a hundred people, but there's nothing sexual about lovemaking on a movie set.”

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:

The tempting morsel lay upon the other side, and I therefore set about examining the chasm in order to find a practicable crossing.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
And so his mother was to set her heart at rest about them.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
I am going with you, if you will only show me how I am to set about it.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
This was a delicate business, but I set about it with all the caution I could command.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
He set about the task in the most approved backwoods style, and succeeded in bringing forth a most acceptable dish.
"Messenger No. 48" by James Otis
Their object now was to secure a boat, and they at once set about finding a boatman who could supply this need.
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
You have not set about obtaining my confidence in any way which could succeed.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
We now set about looking after something for our own supper.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
The ranchmen set about to organize a vigilance committee of their own to repel the invaders, if necessary, by force.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
She set the table and went about her usual household tasks in a very half-hearted way.
"An Australian Lassie" by Lilian Turner
The blacks set about the work were but a few minutes in making an excavation in the loose sand of some four feet in depth.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
The old trapper was about to set forward when Bertram stopped him.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
We will set about the preparation of it together.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
The Swede willingly undertook to negotiate for us, and set about the work with his usual impassive semi-cheerfulness.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
They set about building a fort.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
And now the business preparatory to the start was set about eagerly.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
But she was an impudent, bad old Woman, and set about helping herself.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
The next morning Johnson and Bell set about carrying on board the camping material.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
With one sharp glance at Eleanore, she took in the strained situation and set about to ease it.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
So soon as your temperature had fallen again we set about the business of an operation.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
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In poetry:

Early one morning in May I set out,
And nobody I knew was about.
I'm bound away for ever,
Away somewhere, away for ever.
"Early One Morning" by Edward Thomas
About this heart thou hast
Thy chains made fast,
And think'st thou I would be
Therefrom set free,
And forth unbound be cast?
"Liberty Rejected" by William Watson
Nature acts perfectly, no doubt,
In what employ she sets about;
When she work'd at the Pairing trade,
Our couple for each other made.
"The True Lover's Knot" by William Hutton
Set a watch about the sepulchre
To watch on pain of death;
They must hold fast the stone if One should stir
And shake it from beneath.
"Easter Even" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
The waves are grey about the rocks,
A cold wind sets across the sea,
A travelling ray of sunlight mocks
The shadow on the heart of me.
"The Grey Tide" by John Le Gay Brereton
'I'll set about it when
I am sure he'll come no more. Best wait till then.'
But so it was that never the stranger entered
That city again.
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Kim Alexis, left, and Christie Brinkley on set during the filming of About Face.
Officials say about 40 students at a small all-men's college in Virginia shouted racial slurs, threw bottles and set off fireworks outside the Minority Student Union within hours after President Barack Obama's re-election.
In a study of 1,916 SIDS cases in 11 states, researchers found that about 20 percent, 391 deaths, occurred in daycare settings.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive talks about the new academic standards set in college football as well as what the future holds for the playoff and champions bowl.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive talks about the new academic standards set in college football as well as what the future holds for the playoff and champions bowl.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology hasn't sufficiently evaluated a set of technologies about to be used in border-crossing identification cards, charges a smart card industry group.
ON a recent Saturday, as the sun set in broad pink strokes over Brooklyn, about 300 people gathered on a roof to watch a movie.
Expedition 16 Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani are set for a spacewalk Tuesday, Dec 18 starting at about 6 am EST (coverage starts at 4:30 a.m.).
SET AGAINST the racial tensions of Detroit in the late '60s, Sparkle stars a former American Idol and is about a girl group getting discovered, rising to fame, and falling apart.
If not, you may want to think about investing in a new set of speakers.
On the set of " Standard Operating Procedure ," Errol Morris's new documentary film about the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison.
Jason Cassidy and his band visited Stilly Studio Friday prior to a show at the Tumbleweed to talk about their upcoming new music and play a two-song acoustic set.
This recall involves about 70 "Happy Kids" brand hooded sweatshirts sold as part of a set.
Lady Tambourine arrived about 40 minutes late for a set at the Gospel Tent at today's Jazzfest.
This list is about setting new priorities for yourself, using your time the way you really want.
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In science:

In section 1 we set out some standard arguments about Mumford-Tate groups in families.
The Hodge Conjecture for general Prym varieties
Less model dependent is the constraint set by the observations of purely power-law Blazar spectra around Eγ ≃ 1 T eV , which translates into the upper limit of about 10 nanoW att/m2/sr at λ ≃ 1 µm shown in Fig. 3.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The total number of showers in this data set is about 1.7 × 106.
Distribution of EAS arrival times according to data of the EAS-1000 prototype array
With the above form of the integral, we may set about applying the Gal¨erkin stencil for ∇2 to the fields ψ and ψ † .
Variational Principles in General Relativity
It is clear that we may set a question about the existence of such a decomposition only for pseudo-effective divisors.
On Zariski decomposition problem
The information about the function F can be encoded in the set of nonlinear integrable equations.
String Theory or Field Theory?
In this chapter, we will make several elementary observations about the function σ and the set of slopes on which σ is finite.
Random Surfaces
We will also sometimes interpret ξ (x) as representing the unordered set {φ1(x), φ2(x)} since it contains no information about which of the two values came from which function.
Random Surfaces
Rather than simply talking about sets and functions, perhaps we should be talking about partial orders and order preserving maps.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
The median ambient density around this particle set increases by a factor of about six from z = 6.
Early Formation and Late Merging of the Giant Galaxies
Note that the theorem above contains two sets of conditions and two statements: about existence of functorial and non-functorial factorizations.
A generalization of Quillen's small object argument
To ensure that one particle has moved and another particle has occupied its position, δ is set to about 55% of the respective interparticle distance.
Spatially heterogeneous dynamics and dynamic facilitation in a model of viscous silica
The ordinary K¨ahler case of course comes about from setting B to zero.
Mirror Symmetry and Generalized Complex Manifolds
It uses no information about the properties of the moving matter, in particular the causes of its motion (“dynamics”): it simply invokes a set of functions that immediately specify worldlinesegments.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
In this sense, we can think about A as the set of bounded measurable functions L∞ (τ ).
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
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