set free

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v set free grant freedom to "The students liberated their slaves upon graduating from the university"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When a man was hanged in Mississippi in 1894 the noose came undone and the prisoner fell to the ground. He was set free and and since his innocence was later established he was granted ,$5000.
    • Set free to release, put at liberty
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Quotations

  • Menander of Athens
    Menander of Athens
    “Never ask the Gods for life set free from grief, but ask for courage that endureth long.”
  • James Russell Lowell
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    “Life is the jailer, death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free.”
  • Julie Andrews
    Julie Andrews
    “Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
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    “There are incalculable resources in the human spirit, once it has been set free.”
  • James Russell Lowell
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    “It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further.”
  • 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.”

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:

Then the boss would interfere, and Gillsey would be set free.
"Earth's Enigmas" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Thus Hercules after all his labors was at last set free from the service of Eurystheus, and returned to Thebes.
"Myths and Legends of All Nations" by Various
I had none till after I was set free.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
No one in Italy wanted him set free.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
When acids are brought in contact with certain metals, the metals dissolve and set free the hydrogen of the acid.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
At Lemberg, in Austrian territory he was set free.
"The Story of Russia" by R. Van Bergen
After the battle of Culloden, the prisoners were immediately set free.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
Perhaps a son might be born to the king, and to celebrate the event, all the prisoners might be set free.
"The Little Clay Cart" by (Attributed To) King Shudraka
Rachel has set me free!
"The Heart of Una Sackville" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
When you get to Walpi you can set him free.
"A Voice in the Wilderness" by Grace Livingston Hill
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In poetry:

THERE are some that go for love of a fight
And some for love of a land,
And some for a dream of the world set free
Which they barely understand.
"Australia's Men" by Dorothea Mackellar
If it be found, when the battle clears,
Their death has set me free,
Then how shall I live with myself through the years
Which they have bought for me?
"The Question" by Rudyard Kipling
I shout, I cry, I chide;
My voice goes far and wide,
A ringing call to men:
"Oh come, let in the light!
Arise! Ye have the might!
Set Freedom free again!"
"Liberty" by Morris Rosenfeld
I am a spirit! Spirit would suffice,
If rightly used, to set a chained world free.
Am I not stronger than a mortal vice
That crawls the length of some ancestral tree?
"Freedom" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
But what did most this faithful Heart surprise,
She boasted that her Skill cou'd set it free;
This faithful Heart the boasted Freedom flies,
How cou'd it venture to abandon thee?
"Elegy V" by James Hammond
Why dost thou weep, so bitterly, to see
Thy Saviour snatch him from the dire distress,
That mortals, here, o'erwhelms — to set him free,
Among the bless'd, in endless happiness?
"Advice To A Woman, Not To Grieve Too Much For The Death Of Her Child" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Download the five-song set for free.
An immigrant who claims her family was killed in Mexico over a marijuana bust in Kansas now faces deportation after a federal judge tried to set her free.
Free diagnostic clinic set for Jan 10.
Judge will decide if Osbon should be committed to a mental health facility or set free.
As part of an on-going concert series sponsored by Filter magazine, Divine Fits rolled into San Diego for the first time with a free set for anyone willing to brave a late Monday night.
Italian court sets Amanda Knox free.
Ohio neighborhood terrorized when dozens of animals were set free awaits return of survivors.
Southern University sets free seminars on marketing, international trade, exporting .
The BNA Quick Tax Reference, free from Bloomberg BNA, for Android and Apple, is set up to help you figure some tax scenarios for 2013 - with and without the extension of existing tax cuts.
Missouri Southern University guard Marquis Addison sets up for a free throw during the Lions' loss to the Missouri Tigers on Sunday.
Country star Gary Allan has announced his upcoming album is titled 'Set You Free,' and will see release in the early part of next year.
Free Press guest editor sets direction for paper.
Convicted of murder and sentenced to death -- 16 years later students help set Anthony Graves free.
"How to Set Up a Free Email Account" will take place on Tuesday, December 4, beginning at 10:30 am, in the Computer Lab.
The International Criminal Court has rejected an appeal from former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo to be set free while he awaits trial in the Netherlands.
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In science:

Lm∈Nk C (∆)xm of A is free with the set {xm = xm1 | m ∈ Nk } of free generators.
Gelfand-Kirillov dimension of commutative subalgebras of simple infinite dimensional algebras and their quotient division algebras
We define the set of formulae describing quantum reality as a free algebra freely generated by the set of quantum proportional variables.
Model-Theoretic Investigations into Consequence Operation (Cn) in Quantum Logics. An Algebraic Approach
That is, they split into two sets of free generators such that the elements in each set are inverses of elements in the other set.
On a free group of transformations defined by an automaton
We first notice that the spread in free energies within the different iterative algorithms (indicating a slight bias of the algorithms towards different attractors) is small compared to the free-energy range spanned by a set of turning points (the minima, say).
Free energy landscapes, dynamics and the edge of chaos in mean-field models of spin glasses
The set Ext(S, R′ ) is well defined (i.e. it only depends on the set S and not on the quantifier free formula chosen to describe it).
Efficient algorithm for computing the Euler-Poincar\'e characteristic of a semi-algebraic set defined by few quadratic inequalities
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