• WordNet 3.6
    • n setback an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Setback A backset; a countercurrent; an eddy.
    • Setback A reversal of progress in an endeavor; a reverse; a backset; a check; a repulse; a relapse.
    • Setback (Arch) Offset, n., 4.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n setback Same as backset, 1.
    • n setback Same as backset, 2.
    • n setback A pool or overflow setting back over the land, as from a freshet.
    • n setback In architecture, a flat plain set-off in a wall.
    • n setback Any game in which a failure to score is counted by setting back the player instead of allowing his adversary to add the points to his score: usually restricted to games such as all-fours, in which there is bidding for the trump.
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  • Les Brown
    “Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead.”


In literature:

Our sorority has a setback from which it will never recover.
"Ruth Fielding At College" by Alice B. Emerson
It was a severe setback for British influence in Central Asia.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Now we've received a severe setback.
"The Bradys Beyond Their Depth" by Anonymous
The setback of the rebellion was tremendous, but years of thrift had left White River Farm independent of a single year's crops.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Slowly, with many setbacks, we battled our way into the light.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Of course there had been setbacks.
"The Beloved Woman" by Kathleen Norris
And, in spite of all handicaps and setbacks, eventually succeeded in the task it had set itself.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Plainly she had received a setback.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
I'm getting there, too, but I hope to God I won't have any more setbacks!
"The Rosie World" by Parker Fillmore
What gave Bible popularity a setback?
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
Since then, she had thought of this often, but now, somehow, it received a severe setback.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
There has been but one setback in the construction, and that was the washing out of 12 miles of tracks along the Nenana River.
"Conservation Through Engineering" by Franklin K. Lane
That's a bit of a setback.
"Cleek of Scotland Yard" by Thomas W. Hanshew
It would mean a setback of generations, perhaps centuries.
"The Ambassador" by Samuel Kimball Merwin
Following his glance, I realized that the theory had at least a temporary setback.
"The Green God" by Frederic Arnold Kummer
All is going so well that I fear something may happen to cause a setback.
"The Bachelors" by William Dana Orcutt
This was one of a singular chain of accidents and annoyances which gave the colony a serious setback at the very start.
"Pioneering in Cuba" by James Meade Adams
Then, too, since his own ambition and hope received a setback he was not content.
"Rockhaven" by Charles Munn
The nursery-grown subject receives an unavoidable setback.
"The Cocoanut" by William S. Lyon
This was a serious setback for the detectives.
"True Detective Stories" by Cleveland Moffett

In news:

The University of Montevallo men's basketball team took NCAA Division I opponent Purdue University down to the wire in a 70-61 setback against the Big Ten Conference opponent.
But there have been even more setbacks.
Clippers' setback stings a bit .
The weather, with temperatures above 100 degrees both days of the Elk Creek Art Festival, was the only setback to an event that drew more artists and craftsmen than the previous two years.
The weather, along with the economy, handed setbacks to some.
Ask David Plouffe how Democrats can recover from their electoral setbacks over the past few months and he has a simple answer: Republicans.
Long Beach State trying to stay afloat after setbacks.
The women pulled out a 97-94 win with a victory in the final relay while the men suffered a 121-63 setback.
"A setback is the setup for your comeback," shouts Chaplain Marks to the congregation of 30-plus in the North Island chapel that has served American sailors since December 1945.
The arbitrator 's decision, issued two days after public schools closed for the summer, was a setback for Mayor Michael R Bloomberg's vision of how those schools, deemed as failing, should look beginning in September.
I looked at my diagnosis of PAD as an opportunity instead of a setback.
Setback for ash -dumping Lake Michigan ferry.
That setback also marked the end of the 23-year head-coaching career of Reid Lamport.
With the setback, Boston College fell to 2-8 overall, the team's worst start since 1989.
Blown engine is setback to Chase chances.

In science:

The obtained in this works results and mentioned theoretical and phenomenological directions provide a considerable setback for our forthcoming research pro jects.
Einstein Gravity, Lagrange-Finsler Geometry, and Nonsymmetric Metrics
Simplicity theory is developed for cats in [Ben03b], but has a few setbacks with respect to first order simplicity.
Lovely pairs of models: the non first order case
One more significant setback in increasing power efficiency with PAs is that they perform better at maximum output power in order to maintain the required signal quality.
Green Cellular Networks: A Survey, Some Research Issues and Challenges
Despite this setback we try to see how far we can get.
On the lattice of normal subgroups in ultraproducts of compact simple groups
As a mathematical concept, randomness (or, more precisely, the notion of a random string of bits) has a convoluted history, with various attempts at formalization going through multiple series of refinements prompted by multiple setbacks (see , Chap. 1, for a guide to these developments).
Quantum Mechanics and Algorithmic Randomness
This is a severe setback for technicolor models, models with a fourth generation of quarks and leptons, and models in which quarks and leptons are composite.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
Finally, and despite an initial surprise and setback due to the discovery that the Chandra x-ray telescope was far more efficient for concentrating low-energy protons than had been anticipated, the observatory is performing well and is returning superb scientific data.
Chandra X-Ray Observatory (CXO):Overview
If, on the other hand, magnetic fields can suppress gravity waves, the ubiquity of cosmic magnetism could prove a considerable setback for the forthcoming gravity wave detection pro jects.
Gravitational waves and cosmic magnetism; a cosmological approach
Inevitably, in such a large and immensely complex enterprise there have been a few setbacks.
The LHC as a Nucleus-Nucleus Collider
After launch in August 1989, the pro ject suffered a ma jor setback: the apogee boost motor failed to ignite, and the satellite was left in an unintended elliptical transfer orbit, at the mercy of a twice-daily immersion in the Van Allen radiation belts.
Hipparcos: a Retrospective
This is obviously a serious setback for such model building because the top quark Yukawa coupling is known to be of order 1 at the GUT scale. A possible solution to this problem was given in [160–163] where it was shown that the coupling could be generated non-perturbatively with an O(1) E3-instanton.
Models of Particle Physics from Type IIB String Theory and F-theory: A Review
These couplings violate B and L! This is our first serious setback.
Supersymmetry Phenomenology With a Broad Brush
This is a major setback for this theory, since observations of active regions are the dominant source of information we have about the solar cycle, and virtually the only source ever used for mean field parameter fitting.
Theories of the solar cycle : a critical view