set on

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v set on attack someone physically or emotionally "The mugger assaulted the woman","Nightmares assailed him regularly"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: December 1972 U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan becomes the last person to set foot on the moon.
    • Set on set upon, to instigate: to employ: to fix upon:
    • Set on (B.) to attack
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Quotations

  • Bible
    Bible
    “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. [Colossians 3:2]”
  • Nido Qubein
    Nido Qubein
    “Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.”
  • Nelson Mandela
    Nelson Mandela
    “Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.”
  • Arthur Rubinstein
    Arthur Rubinstein
    “Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition.”
  • Ralph Ransom
    Ralph Ransom
    “Man was created as a being who should constantly keep improving, a being who on reaching one goal sets a higher one.”
  • Les Brown
    Les%20Brown
    “Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.”

Idioms

Set the Thames on fire - If you do something remarkable, you set the Thames on fire, though this expression is used in the negative; someone who is dull or undistiguished will never set the Thames on fire.
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Set your sights on - If you set your sights on someone or something, it is your ambition to beat them or to achieve that goal.
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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:

Sprinkle the interior of these cups with salt and set on ice.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
While Fenwick's affair was in agitation, the earl of Monmouth had set on foot some practices against the duke of Shrewsbury.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
On one occasion, a large wood in which the monster was skulking was set on fire.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
Field-work in the broiling sun and setting on a divan with a dinky fan to your face and a young man to peep over it don't hitch, somehow.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
Three flat stones were set up edgewise, and the spider set on them.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
Then he sets on the table a dozen metal boxes exquisitely adorned with coloured lacquer.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
And 'tis well, my father, not to be wholly set on thy thoughts, but to listen to the counsels of others.
"Myths and Legends of All Nations" by Various
I carried the water in a home-made pegging set on my head.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
I was not worth robbing, and the few who set on me in mistake, did not stay long when they found the temper I was in.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
On the 26th of May, accompanied by Johnson and his boy Demba, he set out with a number of Moors on horseback, Ali having gone on before.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

They say the sun when setting,
Is glorious to behold;
And sheds on all at parting,
A radiant crown of gold.
"To Mr. C.R." by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Play, Phoebus, on thy lute,
And we will sit all mute;
By listening to thy lyre,
That sets all ears on fire.
"Canticle To Apollo" by Robert Herrick
He said--oh, faithless gown, you listened
While on your sheen two tear drops glistened--
He said . . . let love to music set it,
I'll never speak it--nor forget it!
"La Derniere Robe De Soi" by Edith Nesbit
Have I set such a star
To show light on thy brow
That thou sawest from afar
What I show to thee now?
Have ye spoken as brethren together, the sun and the mountains and thou?
"Hertha" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Gray wakes the daybreak, the shivering sails are set,
To misty deeps
The channel sweeps---
O Mother, think on us who think on thee!
Earth-home, birth-home, with love remember yet
The sons in exile on the eternal sea.
"Outward Bound" by Sir Henry Newbolt
Let me pass away when my work is done,
Like a cloudless day whose setting sun
Leaves a smile on the evening sky;
Let this transient clay when deprived of breath,
With the earth yet stay, it alone knows death,
Myself must live on and cannot die.
"The Future" by Jared Barhite

In news:

Investigators say a Lincoln woman who was assaulted and whose home was nearly set on fire was the victim of a hate crime.
When deciding where to teach, Hellman 's eyes were set on a private liberal arts college.
The network has also set "On the Record," a new music documentary web series focusing on the original songs from inception to they're on-air premieres.
Many people worry that the sun is setting on Wisconsin farmland, such as this spot near Avalon, which has some of the richest soil in the world.
During his late-night set on Which Stage for Bonnaroo Day Three, Nine Inch Nails ' Trent Reznor announced that he was performing his last show ever in the United States.
Hearing set on request to end farm easement.
Co-founder of Elegant Eyes Utenzi Miller became set on that task growing up in the optometry industry.
Now the former Ducks executive has his sights set on finishing the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii on Oct 13.
Spirits have sights set on Trailblazers after last year's rout in section title game.
Right now, the official drought map of the United States looks as if it has been set on fire and scorched at the bottom edge.
The band, Pickwick , beat their own record for a packed house at Mela set on this past New Year's eve.
"Mr. Dry" Bar Set, on loan from Museum of American Political Life, University.
The sun sets on Burma and The Lady (Michelle Yeoh).
P usher is a straight, no-chaser thriller set on the bottom rung of the drug-trade ladder.
The sun set on the Sun Belt Years late Saturday night in Bowling Green, Ky. To say North Texas didn't go out the way it hoped might be a bit of an understatement.
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In science:

Proposition 3.1. A morphism of PQCs, f , induces functorial ly a morphism of pointed sets on the cohomology spaces, H N (f ) .
The nonabelian bar resolution
If it is scalar, both arguments are set on the number of this boson and the couplings are set to zero (this is only the dummy part of a Zfunc).
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Because A has pure states, its “vertical move” function γ produces empty set on all symbols from Σ.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
Then (isomorphism classes of ) simple Qmodules bijectively correspond to cyclic sets on Q.
On simple and semisimple quantales
Thus the support of a generalized function u ∈ G (Ω) is well defined as the complement of the largest open set on which u vanishes.
Elliptic regularity and solvability for partial differential equations with Colombeau coefficients
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