set down


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v set down put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.
    • v set down leave or unload "unload the cargo","drop off the passengers at the hotel"
    • v set down cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place "set down your bags here"
    • v set down put or settle into a position "The hotel was set down at the bottom of the valley"
    • v set down go ashore "The passengers disembarked at Southampton"
    • v set down reach or come to rest "The bird landed on the highest branch","The plane landed in Istanbul"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Set down to lay on the ground: to put down in writing: to fix in one's mind: to attribute, charge: to lay down authoritatively: to give a severe rebuke to
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  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
    “Set the foot down with distrust on the crust of the world -- it is thin.”
  • Martin H. Fischer
    Martin H. Fischer
    “Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat.”
  • Gregory Nunn
    Gregory Nunn
    “The most touching epitaph I ever encountered was on the tombstone of the printer of Edinburgh. It said simply: He kept down the cost and set the type right.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    “If you see one cold and vehement at the same time, set him down for a fanatic.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice.”
  • Simone Weil
    “Why is it that reality, when set down untransposed in a book, sounds false?”


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.


In literature:

He can set down and rest if he wants to.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
He was not listening, and before I had done he drained and set down the glass and gripped my arm again.
"Poison Island" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
You are moved to set down the Emperor as 'the Beast' 666, of course.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Merryon's own face was a curious mixture of pity and constraint as he set down the glass and stooped forward over the shaking, anguished form.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
We can set down in about five hours' ship time.
"Plague Ship" by Andre Norton
He came into the middle of the yard, and set down his tub to water all the beasts.
"Old Peter's Russian Tales" by Arthur Ransome
Any tribal row here is sure to be set down to Russian influence.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
You come soon and we'll set some of them down on paper for consideration.
"The Iron Furrow" by George C. Shedd
Tamsin started, set down the pan with a clatter, and turned sharply round.
"The Astonishing History of Troy Town" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Come in an' set down, won't you?
"Pembroke" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

In poetry:

If I might sing the song I heard
Ere I came to your door,
Ye should set down the brimming cup
Nor heed the banquet more.
"An Angel Unawares" by Cicely Fox Smith
The light of her young life went down,
As sinks behind the hill
The glory of a setting star,
Clear, suddenly, and still.
"Gone" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And I am restless still; 'twill soon be o'er;
For down the West
Life's sun is setting, and I see the shore
Where I shall rest.
"Rest" by Abram Joseph Ryan
We are not near enough to love,
I can but pity all your woe;
For wealth has lifted me above,
And falsehood set you down below.
"An Insincere Wish Addressed to a Beggar" by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
And Robin caught a sudden sight,
Of merry sweet Locksley town,
Reddening in the sun-set bright;
And the gentle tears came down.
"Robin Hood's Flight" by James Henry Leigh Hunt
Roben set hes horne to hes mowthe,
And blow a blast that was full god,
That herde hes men that ther stode,
Fer downe yn the wodde;
"I her mey master," seyde Leytell John;
They ran as thay wer wode.
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang

In news:

The candidates were narrowed down to 60 finalists, with the final cut set for next week.
At least 23 people were killed when a fuel truck crashed into a flyover in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday, triggering an explosion that brought down an industrial building and set fire to nearby vehicles.
Nationals' fan plan set, down to the letter .
Shopping Best Trend-Setting Store Linda Dresner 484 Park Avenue, near 58th Street 212-308-3177 Uptown or down, some stores are magnets for the fashion-forward.
WASHINGTON — The Senate began voting Tuesday on a slimmed-down list of amendments to a farm bill that would set the nation's food and agriculture policy for the next five years.
Each lesson begins with a set of instructions and a reminder not to look down at your hands while you type .
Carla Vela is set to step down as chairwoman of the Bexar County Democratic Party and announce her plan to run for county clerk in next March's primary.
Viral campaign "Kony 2012" set to take down war criminal (VIDEO).
California Adventure plays down Mickey and Minnie to create its own set of myths.
I had gotten a late start on my trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway, and by the time the sun had set, I was still at least 90 minutes from Mount Airy .
So … you say you want to set down my tragic story.
Serving Montgomery County, PA. (AP) — The widow of a Harvard-trained entrepreneur who was gunned down outside a suburban Atlanta preschool is set to appear in court.
(AP) — The widow of a Harvard-trained entrepreneur who was gunned down outside a suburban Atlanta preschool is set to appear in court.
The city of Omaha has set a date to shut down the Civic Auditorium .
Down legend Greg Blaney, an All-Ireland winner in 1991 and 1994, currently has his sights set on success in a different sphere.

In science:

This set first breaks down into a large number of well separated clusters.
On the freezing of variables in random constraint satisfaction problems
As a first step, we need to construct a set of ‘target signals’ containing all the three (inspiral, merger and ring down) stages of the binary black hole coalescence.
A template bank for gravitational waveforms from coalescing binary black holes: non-spinning binaries
For an arbitrary complex reductive group, a choice of representation defines a notion of rationality and enables us to write down a natural set of simple elements.
Generators for Rational Loop Groups and Geometric Applications
The point where the above proof breaks down for Y 6= Kn is the fact that it is not necessarily true that every Fσ subset of Y is an increasing definable union of d-compact sets.
Definably complete and Baire structures and Pfaffian closure
The resulting set of equations is integrated from the initial cutoff Λ = ∞ down to Λ = 0, at which the original, cutoff-free problem is recovered.
Coupling-geometry-induced temperature scales in the conductance of Luttinger liquid wires