• WordNet 3.6
    • n setting arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
    • n setting a mounting consisting of a piece of metal (as in a ring or other jewelry) that holds a gem in place "the diamond was in a plain gold mount"
    • n setting a table service for one person "a place setting of sterling flatware"
    • n setting the context and environment in which something is set "the perfect setting for a ghost story"
    • n setting the physical position of something "he changed the setting on the thermostat"
    • n setting the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event "the historical context"
    • n setting the state of the environment in which a situation exists "you can't do that in a university setting"
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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
    • Setting Something set in, or inserted. "Thou shalt set in it settings of stones."
    • Setting That in which something, as a gem, is set; as, the gold setting of a jeweled pin.
    • Setting The act of marking the position of game, as a setter does; also, hunting with a setter.
    • Setting The act of one who, or that which, sets; as, the setting of type, or of gems; the setting of the sun; the settinghardening) of moist plaster of Paris; the settingset) of a current.
    • Setting the time, place, and circumstances in which an event (real or fictional) occurs; as, the setting of a novel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The best selling Crayola crayon box is the set of 24 crayons
    • n setting The act of one who or that which sets, in any sense.
    • n setting Specifically.
    • n setting The adjusting of a telescope to look at an object by means of a setting-circle or otherwise; also, the placing of a micrometer-wire so as to bisect an object.
    • n setting In music, the act, process, or result of fitting or adapting to music, or providing a musical form for: as, a setting of the Psalms.
    • n setting Theat., the mounting of a play or an opera for the stage; the equipment and arrangement of scenery, costumes, and properties; the miseen scène.
    • n setting The adjusting of the teeth of a saw for cutting.
    • n setting The hardening of plaster or cement; also, same as setting-coat.
    • n setting The hardening process of eggs: a term used by fish-culturists.
    • n setting The sinking of the sun or moon or of a star below the horizon.
    • n setting The sport of hunting with a setter-dog. See the quotation under set, intransitive verb, 7.
    • n setting Something set in or inserted.
    • n setting That in which something, as a jewel, is set: as, a diamond in a gold setting; by extension, the ornamental surrounding of a jewel, seal, or the like: as, an antique setting; hence, figuratively, that which surrounds anything; environment.
    • n setting In printing, same as offset, 9.
    • n setting Same as location, 3.
    • setting Of the sunset; western; occidental.
    • n setting The temporary station of a portable sawmill, yarding-engine, or other machine used in logging.
    • n setting A wash of gum or other suitable material applied to the surface of a pencil or crayon drawing on paper in order to prevent the work of the artist from being rubbed off; a fixative.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 98% of houses in the United States have at least one television set
    • n Setting set′ing act of setting: direction of a current of wind: the hardening of plaster: that which holds, as the mounting of a jewel: the mounting of a play, &c., for the stage: act of adapting to music.
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  • James Baker
    James Baker
    “Never let the other fellow set the agenda.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Against change of fortune set a brave heart.”
  • Les Brown
    “As you reach your goals, set new ones. That is how you grow and become a more powerful person.”
  • Bo Jackson
    Bo Jackson
    “Set your goals high and don't stop until you get there.”
  • Ricki Lake
    Ricki Lake
    “I've surpassed any goal I set for myself as far as my body, my career, and getting married.”
  • 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.


In literature:

The relatively meager results set forth in the preceding section are corroborated in the present set of experiments.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
Then take it off, and set it a working at such heat as you set Beer, with good yest.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
And I got one that needs killin'; a no-account ole hen what won't set and won't lay.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
If fate sets you free again, yet I do not set you free!
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Two Modes of Setting.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
Cover the bowl and set aside to raise for three and one-half hours.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
The divorce case had set them all against her.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
When I set them out I put them with other varieties and set them so the inside ones would fertilize the outside ones.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Set a naught ag'inst dat which is one and you has ten; set up another naught dar and you has a hundred.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
If you can't set two bricks right, then set one.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

Onward! thy watchword was,
To set the captive free,
Until, throughout the earth,
All men shall brothers be.
"Lines Inscribed To Benjamin Lundy, Esq." by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Let's celebrate this day,
With holy, mirthful glee,
And to the God of ages pray,
Who set the captives free.
"Hymn, On The Celebration Of The Freedom Of The West Indies" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
'Tis a dull sight
To see the year dying,
When winter winds
Set the yellow wood sighing:
Sighing, oh! sighing.
"The Meadows In Spring" by Edward FitzGerald
Dear Cuba, for a host of years,
"Queen of the Antilles,"
Thy Maceo without a fear,
Has died to set thee free.
"Maceo—Cuba's Liberator" by Frank Barbour Coffin
And now, forsooth, I tell ye,
Who listen to my strain,
That such a set of brothers
Will ne’er be seen again.
"The Heroes Of Dovrefeld (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
Come here thy soul to tune,
Here set thy feeble chant,
Here, if at all beneath the moon,
Is holy David's haunt.
"The Circumcision Of Christ" by John Keble

In news:

(The new setting was missing something that the old setting had in abundance -- sunbathers walking around in bikinis.
This 2-DVD set will show you how the best in the music industry set up a studio to make world-class records.
Hulu simplifies its sharing settings, and defaults all customers to the highest privacy setting.
The record-setting $30-million Gatekeeper winged coaster built by Swiss-based Bolliger & Mabillard is set to debut at Cedar Point in May 2013.
The truth can't set a pick, but it can set you free.
The death set - had a bird the death set - selective memory.
Alice Cooper has set a December 4th US and November 19th international release date for the 'Old School 1964-1974: Special Edition' box set filed with rarities.
So Glad You Made It, a 2-CD set that features 20 of our favorite unreleased tracks from the box set.
The Giants haven't set their final World Series roster yet, but they have set their rotation.
The Burt 's Bees Holiday Gifting Collection contains 12 gift sets that range from $4.99 for Burt 's Bees Basics to $19.99 for Burt 's Bees® Favorites Pomegranate Gift Set.
A 1962 version set in rural France was followed by a 1994 adaptation set in Ireland.
The lively and entertaining production, with great sets and sparkling costumes, was set in the late 1950s at Santa's workshop at the North Pole.
Facebook is not changing what settings you can set, except for the option to block searches of your profile within the social network.
Similar to the single (M060) and twin (M061) glow driver, it features your choice of quick and easy one button set point programming or automatic operation, so the plug received power at any throttle settings.
Let's set aside the Nirvana, the Them Crooked Vultures, the QOTSA stint, and let's even set aside the Foo Fighters (just for a second, I promise.).

In science:

The first set of variables is called the set of free variables and the second set is called the set of parameter variables.
On uniform definability of types over finite sets
Note that B(X ) = S Bn (X ), where Bn (X ) is the set of all words of length n that appear in some sequence x in X . [By convention we set B0 (X ) = {ε}, where ε denotes the empty word.] Given a set F of words on A, we may define a subshift X (F ) as the set of sequences x in Σ such that no word in F appears in x.
Random subshifts of finite type
The set C of pseudo-separating cycles of A of length d is non-empty (it contains the cycle corresponding to the contour of the root-face) and is partially ordered by the relation (cid:22) defined by setting C (cid:22) C ′ if AC ⊆ AC ′ (here the inclusion is in terms of the vertex set and the edge set).
A bijection for triangulations, quadrangulations, pentagulations, etc
It seems potentially more surprising that one cannot uniformly get a SDI− set from a set with dimcp = 1, since in this case we do not yet know whether a 1-generic set computes such a set.
Recovering randomness from an asymptotic Hamming distance
Let Z ⊆ X, n ∈ N and ǫ > 0. A set F ⊆ Z is an (n, ǫ)−spanning set for Z if for every z ∈ Z , there exists x ∈ F with dn (x, z) ≤ ǫ. A set E ⊆ Z is an (n, ǫ)−separated set for Z if for every x, y ∈ E implies dn (x, y ) > ǫ.
Pressures for Asymptotically Sub-additive Potentials Under a Mistake Function