• WordNet 3.6
    • adj set converted to solid form (as concrete)
    • adj set fixed and unmoving "with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare","his bearded face already has a set hollow look"- Connor Cruise O'Brien","a face rigid with pain"
    • adj set set down according to a plan:"a carefully laid table with places set for four people" "stones laid in a pattern"
    • adj set (usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or strongly disposed "in no fit state to continue","fit to drop","laughing fit to burst","she was fit to scream","primed for a fight","we are set to go at any time"
    • adj set situated in a particular spot or position "valuable centrally located urban land","strategically placed artillery","a house set on a hilltop","nicely situated on a quiet riverbank"
    • adj set determined or decided upon as by an authority "date and place are already determined","the dictated terms of surrender","the time set for the launching"
    • adj set being below the horizon "the moon is set"
    • v set arrange attractively "dress my hair for the wedding"
    • v set bear fruit "the apple trees fructify"
    • v set alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard "Adjust the clock, please","correct the alignment of the front wheels"
    • v set set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly "set clocks or instruments"
    • v set put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state "set the house afire"
    • v set make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc "Get the children ready for school!","prepare for war","I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"
    • v set get ready for a particular purpose or event "set up an experiment","set the table","lay out the tools for the surgery"
    • v set equip with sails or masts "rig a ship"
    • v set become gelatinous "the liquid jelled after we added the enzyme"
    • v set estimate "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M."
    • v set fix conclusively or authoritatively "set the rules"
    • v set decide upon or fix definitely "fix the variables","specify the parameters"
    • v set establish as the highest level or best performance "set a record"
    • v set urge to attack someone "The owner sicked his dogs on the intruders","the shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits"
    • v set give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
    • v set put into a certain place or abstract location "Put your things here","Set the tray down","Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children","Place emphasis on a certain point"
    • v set insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)
    • v set put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground "Let's plant flowers in the garden"
    • v set fix in a border "The goldsmith set the diamond"
    • v set put into a position that will restore a normal state "set a broken bone"
    • v set apply or start "set fire to a building"
    • v set adapt for performance in a different way "set this poem to music"
    • v set locate "The film is set in Africa"
    • v set set in type "My book will be typeset nicely","set these words in italics"
    • v set disappear beyond the horizon "the sun sets early these days"
    • n set several exercises intended to be done in series "he did four sets of the incline bench press"
    • n set the act of putting something in position "he gave a final set to his hat"
    • n set any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals "the early sets ran on storage batteries"
    • n set representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production "the sets were meticulously authentic"
    • n set (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way "the subjects' set led them to solve problems the familiar way and to overlook the simpler solution","his instructions deliberately gave them the wrong set"
    • n set a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way "the set of his mind was obvious"
    • n set the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon "before the set of sun"
    • n set a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used "a set of books","a set of golf clubs","a set of teeth"
    • n set (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols "the set of prime numbers is infinite"
    • n set an unofficial association of people or groups "the smart set goes there","they were an angry lot"
    • n Set evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris
    • n set the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization "the hardening of concrete","he tested the set of the glue"
    • n set a unit of play in tennis or squash "they played two sets of tennis after dinner"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"The men set to work to load their muskets." "The men set to work to load their muskets."
"All three set to work shoulder to shoulder." "All three set to work shoulder to shoulder."
Pearl Set Pins Pearl Set Pins
Stone Set Brooches Stone Set Brooches
Setting a Marking-Gage Setting a Marking-Gage
Them tramps set there lookin' so sassy and lazy, nateral as life Them tramps set there lookin' so sassy and lazy, nateral as life

Webster's Revised Unabridged 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 A kind of punch used for bending, indenting, or giving shape to, metal; as, a saw set .
    • Set A number of persons associated by custom, office, common opinion, quality, or the like; a division; a group; a clique. "Others of our set .""This falls into different divisions, or sets , of nations connected under particular religions."
    • Set A number of things of the same kind, ordinarily used or classed together; a collection of articles which naturally complement each other, and usually go together; an assortment; a suit; as, a set of chairs, of china, of surgical or mathematical instruments, of books, etc.
    • Set A piece placed temporarily upon the head of a pile when the latter cannot be reached by the weight, or hammer, except by means of such an intervening piece.
    • Set (Tennis) A series of as many games as may be necessary to enable one side to win six. If at the end of the tenth game the score is a tie, the set is usually called a deuce set, and decided by an application of the rules for playing off deuce in a game. See Deuce.
    • Set A short steel spike used for driving the head of a nail below the surface. Called also nail set.
    • Set A stone, commonly of granite, shaped like a short brick and usually somewhat larger than one, used for street paving. Commonly written sett.
    • Set A young oyster when first attached.
    • Set A young plant for growth; as, a set of white thorn.
    • Set Adjusted; arranged; formed; adapted.
    • Set Any collection or group of objects considered together.
    • Set (Textiles) Any of various standards of measurement of the fineness of cloth; specif., the number of reeds in one inch and the number of threads in each reed. The exact meaning varies according to the location where it is used. Sometimes written sett.
    • Set Camber of a curved roofing tile.
    • Set Collectively, the crop of young oysters in any locality.
    • Set Direction or course; as, the set of the wind, or of a current.
    • Set Established; prescribed; as, set forms of prayer.
    • Set Firm; unchanging; obstinate; as, set opinions or prejudices.
    • Set Fixed in position; immovable; rigid; as, a set line; a set countenance.
    • Set Hence, to attach or affix (something) to something else, or in or upon a certain place. "Set your affection on things above.""The Lord set a mark upon Cain."
    • Set In dancing, the number of persons necessary to execute a quadrille; also, the series of figures or movements executed.
    • Set Permanent change of figure in consequence of excessive strain, as from compression, tension, bending, twisting, etc.; as, the set of a spring.
    • Set Regular; uniform; formal; as, a set discourse; a set battle. "The set phrase of peace."
    • Set (Type Founding) That dimension of the body of a type called by printers the width.
    • Set That which is set, placed, or fixed.
    • Set That which is staked; a wager; a venture; a stake; hence, a game at venture.
    • Set The act of setting, as of the sun or other heavenly body; descent; hence, the close; termination. "Locking at the set of day.""The weary sun hath made a golden set ."
    • Set The deflection of a tooth, or of the teeth, of a saw, which causes the the saw to cut a kerf, or make an opening, wider than the blade.
    • Set The manner, state, or quality of setting or fitting; fit; as, the set of a coat.
    • Set To adorn with something infixed or affixed; to stud; to variegate with objects placed here and there. "High on their heads, with jewels richly set ,
      Each lady wore a radiant coronet."
      "Pastoral dales thin set with modern farms."
    • Set To apply one's self; to undertake earnestly; -- now followed by out. "If he sets industriously and sincerely to perform the commands of Christ, he can have no ground of doubting but it shall prove successful to him."
    • Set To be fixed for growth; to strike root; to begin to germinate or form; as, cuttings set well; the fruit has set well (i. e., not blasted in the blossom.
    • Set To become fixed or rigid; to be fastened. "A gathering and serring of the spirits together to resist, maketh the teeth to set hard one against another."
    • Set To begin to move; to go out or forth; to start; -- now followed by out. "The king is set from London."
    • Set To cause to sit; to make to assume a specified position or attitude; to give site or place to; to place; to put; to fix; as, to set a house on a stone foundation; to set a book on a shelf; to set a dish on a table; to set a chest or trunk on its bottom or on end. "I do set my bow in the cloud."
    • Set To cause to stop or stick; to obstruct; to fasten to a spot; hence, to occasion difficulty to; to embarrass; as, to set a coach in the mud.
    • Set (Print) To compose; to arrange in words, lines, etc.; as, to set type; to set a page.
    • Set To congeal; to concrete; to solidify; -- of cements, glues, gels, concrete, substances polymerizing into plastics, etc. "That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set ."
    • Set To determine; to appoint; to assign; to fix; as, to set a time for a meeting; to set a price on a horse.
    • Set To establish as a rule; to furnish; to prescribe; to assign; as, to set an example; to set lessons to be learned.
    • Set To extend and bring into position; to spread; as, to set the sails of a ship.
    • Set To fit music to words.
    • Set To fit or suit one; to sit; as, the coat sets well.
    • Set To fit with music; to adapt, as words to notes; to prepare for singing. "Set thy own songs, and sing them to thy lute."
    • Set To fix beforehand; to determine; hence, to make unyielding or obstinate; to render stiff, unpliant, or rigid; as, to set one's countenance.
    • Set To fix firmly; to make fast, permanent, or stable; to render motionless; to give an unchanging place, form, or condition to.
    • Set To fix in the ground, as a post or a tree; to plant; as, to set pear trees in an orchard.
    • Set To fix, as a precious stone, in a border of metal; to place in a setting; hence, to place in or amid something which serves as a setting; as, to set glass in a sash.
    • Set To give a pitch to, as a tune; to start by fixing the keynote; as, to set a psalm.
    • Set To have a certain direction in motion; to flow; to move on; to tend; as, the current sets to the north; the tide sets to the windward.
    • Set To indicate the position of game; -- said of a dog; as, the dog sets well; also, to hunt game by the aid of a setter.
    • Set To lower into place and fix solidly, as the blocks of cut stone in a structure.
    • Set To make to agree with some standard; as, to set a watch or a clock.
    • Set To make to assume specified place, condition, or occupation; to put in a certain condition or state (described by the accompanying words); to cause to be. "The Lord thy God will set thee on high.""I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother.""Every incident sets him thinking."
    • Set To pass below the horizon; to go down; to decline; to sink out of sight; to come to an end. "Ere the weary sun set in the west.""Thus this century sets with little mirth, and the next is likely to arise with more mourning."
    • Set To place plants or shoots in the ground; to plant. "To sow dry, and set wet."
    • Set To point out the seat or position of, as birds, or other game; -- said of hunting dogs.
    • Set To put in order in a particular manner; to prepare; as, to setthat is, to hone) a razor; to set a saw.
    • Set To put into a desired position or condition; to adjust; to regulate; to adapt.
    • Set To reduce from a dislocated or fractured state; to replace; as, to set a broken bone.
    • Set To render stiff or solid; especially, to convert into curd; to curdle; as, to set milk for cheese.
    • Set To stake at play; to wager; to risk. "I have set my life upon a cast,
      And I will stand the hazard of the die."
    • Set To suit; to become; as, it sets him ill.
    • Set To value; to rate; -- with at. "Be you contented, wearing now the garland,
      To have a son set your decrees at naught."
      "I do not set my life at a pin's fee."
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The best selling Crayola crayon box is the set of 24 crayons
    • v.t Set set to make to sit: to place: to fix: to put in a condition for use, to make ready, to arrange, prepare, furnish, draw up: to render motionless: to determine beforehand: to obstruct: to plant, place so as to promote growth: to place a brooding fowl on a nest containing eggs: to fix in metal: to put and fix in its proper place, as a broken limb, &c.: to assign, as a price: to sharpen: to spread, as sails: to pitch, as a tune: to adapt music to: to frame, mount, or adorn with something fixed: to stud: to point, as a dog: to accompany part or the whole of the way: :
    • v.i Set to sink below the horizon: to decline: to become fixed: to congeal: to begin the growth of fruit: to have a certain direction in motion: to acquire a set or bend: to point out game: to apply (one's self):—pr.p. set′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. set
    • adj Set hilarious, tipsy
    • adj Set set fixed: firm: determined: regular: established: having reached the full growth:
    • n Set a number of things similar or suited to each other, set or used together: a group of games played together: the full number of eggs set under a hen: the couples that take part in a square dance, also the movements in a country-dance or quadrille: a number of persons associated: direction, drift, tendency: act of setting: a young plant ready for setting out, a cutting, slip: the appearance of young oysters in a district in any season: a mine or set of mines on lease, a distance set off for excavation, a system of pumps in a mine (also Sett): a tool for dressing forged iron: any permanent change of shape or bias of mind: fit, way in which a dress hangs: the pattern of a tartan, &c.: bearing, carriage, build
    • v.t Set set (Scot.) to let to a tenant: to compose, put into type
    • v.t Set set (prov.) to become, as a dress, &c
    • adj Set set (B.) seated
    • ***


  • Les Brown
    “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
  • Salman Rushdie
    “Your blasphemy, Salman, can't be forgiven. To set your words against the Words of God.”
  • James Baker
    James Baker
    “Never let the other fellow set the agenda.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Set a thief to catch a thief.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Against change of fortune set a brave heart.”
  • Bryan Lindsay
    Bryan Lindsay
    “Becoming a star may not be your destiny, but being the best that you can be is a goal that you can set for yourselves.”


All set - If you're all set, you are ready for something.
Jet set - Very wealthy people who travel around the world to attend parties or functions are the jet set.
Set a thief to catch a thief - The best person to catch a criminal is another criminal as they understand how criminals work.
Set in stone - If something is set in stone, it cannot be changed or altered.
Set the stage - If you create the conditions for something to happen or take place, you set the stage for it.
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.
Set the wheels in motion - When you set the wheels in motion, you get something started.
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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. setten, AS. setton,; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. sätta, Dan. stte, Goth. satjan,; causative from the root of E. sit,. √154. See Sit, and cf. Seize


In literature:

Feeling fairly secure, he once more sets himself to listen.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
So she set out and wandered in the desert of Beersheba.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
I set and set, and didn't have no nerve.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
The sun was setting, and the picked cowslips must not have any dew upon them.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
When all restraints are set aside sensuality is set free.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Father an' mother set by him, an' I set by him, too.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
Hercules set out with high courage for this fight.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
The stage setting may be considered first, and here the child's imagination can work wonders in arranging details.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Sumichrast wishing, before we set out again, to explain to his pupil how sugar was made, took him to the mill, situated in a wide rotunda.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Then he had a letter from you which set him sighing, and wishing they could always have such care!
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge

In poetry:

But He a little hath
Declined His stately path
And my
Feet set more high;
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
To strive—and fail. Yes, I did strive and fail;
I set mine eyes upon a certain night
To find a certain star—and could not hail
With them its deep-set light.
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
I set a charm upon your hurrying breath,
I set a charm upon your wandering feet,
You shall not leave me - not for life, nor death,
Not even though you cease to love me, Sweet.
"A Marriage Charm" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
When the end shall sound on a life’s word done
And the strong pulse slows in its throbbing beat,
Ere I set my face to the setting sun
I shall take old shoes for my careless feet.
"Days’ End" by Robert Steel Byrnes
When one sets lip to bugle
The lands are eased of drouth:
When one sets lip to bugle
The birds come back from the South:
And which shall be known for stronger
When the bugle is to his mouth?
"The Four Buglers" by Cicely Fox Smith
Let the hope set. Are there not other hopes
That yet shall rise like new stars in thy sky?
Not long a soul in sullen darkness gropes
Before some light is lent it from on high;
What folly to think happiness gone by!
Let the hope set!
"Let Them Go" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

As we enter our final hours before debuting a new set for 13 News, our engineers and operations staff is busy pulling cables, setting cameras and moving lights.
After winning the first set by a 25-16 score, coach Becky Schmidt's Dutch were challenged by the underdog Comets who won the second set, 25-20.
K-Ville, a buddy-cop throwback set in present-day New Orleans, would be terrible no matter where it was set or when it aired.
Threaded set collars winco gn jw winco inc. Threaded set collars.
You can easily edit the settings for your iOS notifications by going to your Settings app.
Prepare to SET Trends Stop following trends and start SETTING them with 20/20 's trendSETTING.
Prepare to SET Trends Stop following trends and start SETTING them with 20/20 's trendSETTING .
All set with a lunch, a company badge, and a set of car keys, I slid behind the wheel of the truck for another commute to work.
"Kim clearly wanted the best quality wedding ring , and since the diamonds are set in platinum the setting won't fade or tarnish – making it the perfect symbol of enduring love.".
"Kim clearly wanted the best-quality wedding ring , and since the diamonds are set in platinum the setting won't fade or tarnish, making it the perfect symbol of enduring love".
NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees set an NFL record Sunday night with touchdown passes in 48 straight games, breaking a mark set by Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas a half-century ago.
Quinn sets special election dates to replace Jackson Jr. Primary for Jackson's successor set for Feb 26.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is set to issue its first set of proposed mortgage regulations this July.
If a setting in a control panel is not modified by the user, the default settings are used.
Frame-and- panel router bits sets are thickness specific, so the bits you use for a cabinet door may not be the same set you need for a delicate jewelry box made from thinner material.

In science:

Each finite partially ordered set V is the set of irreducible representations ˆA of some (nonunique in general) If moreover A is separable, then the set ˆA is homeomorphic to the set primA of C ∗ -algebra A, see . primitive ideals of A, which is called a noncommutative lattice.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
Notations on bisimplicial sets. A bisimplicial set is a contravariant functor from the category of pairs of finite ordered sets to the category of sets.
Higher arithmetic K-theory
We can generalize this frame to an abstraction of the geometric structure of a lattice, in which we have a set of sites {s}, a set of bonds {b}, a set of plaquettes {p} and a set of dual sites {s′}.
General duality for abelian-group-valued statistical-mechanics models
The set TpS of complete types belonging to S can be topologized: a basic open set is the set of types including a given definable set D.
Integration in valued fields
By a set-valued map Φ from a set X into a set Y we understand a map from X into P (Y ) and write Φ : X ⇒ Y (here P (Y ) denotes the set of all subsets of Y ).
Can a Borel group be generated by a Hurewicz subspace?