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Verb: set (set,setting)  set
  1. Cause to have a certain (possibly abstract) location
    "Set the tray down";
    - put, place, pose, position, lay
     
  2. Fix conclusively or authoritatively
    "set the rules";
    - determine
     
  3. Decide upon definitely; give a value
    "set the parameters";
    - specify, determine, define, fix, limit
     
  4. Establish as the highest level or best performance
    "set a record";
    - mark
     
  5. Put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state
    "set the house afire"
     
  6. Fix in a border
    "The goldsmith set the diamond"
     
  7. Make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
    "I was setting up to leave town after I paid the hotel bill";
    - fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up
     
  8. Place in a certain position or cause to operate correctly
    "set clocks or instruments"
     
  9. Locate
    "The film is set in Africa";
    - localize, localise [Brit], place
     
  10. (astronomy) go down below the surface (esp. of water) to become submerged
    "the sun sets early these days";
    - go down, go under
     
  11. (music) adapt for performance in a different way
    "set this poem to music";
    - arrange
     
  12. Put (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
    "Let's set flowers in the garden";
    - plant
     
  13. Apply or start
    "set fire to a building"
     
  14. Become gelatinous
    "the liquid set after we added the enzyme";
    - jell, congeal
     
  15. Set in type
    "set these words in italics";
    - typeset
     
  16. Put into a position that will restore a normal state
    "set a broken bone"
     
  17. Insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)
    - countersink
     
  18. Give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
     
  19. Urge to attack someone
    - sic
     
  20. Estimate
    "We set the time of arrival at 8 P.M.";
    - place, put
     
  21. Equip with sails or masts
    - rig, set up
     
  22. Get ready for a particular purpose or event
    "set up an experiment"; "set the table";
    - set up, lay out
     
  23. Alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
    "set the clock, please";
    - adjust, correct
     
  24. Bear fruit
    "the apple trees set";
    - fructify
     
  25. Style or arrange hair attractively
    "set my hair for the wedding";
    - dress, arrange, do, coif, coiffe, coiffure
Noun: set  set
  1. 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"
     
  2. (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols
    "the set of prime numbers is infinite"
     
  3. Several exercises intended to be done in series
    "he did four sets of the incline bench press";
    - exercise set
     
  4. Representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production
    "the sets were meticulously authentic";
    - stage set
     
  5. An unofficial association of people or groups
    "the smart set goes there";
    - circle, band, lot
     
  6. A relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
    "the set of his mind was obvious";
    - bent
     
  7. The act of putting something in position
    "he gave a final set to his hat"
     
  8. A unit of play in tennis or squash
    "they played two sets of tennis after dinner"
     
  9. The process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization
    "he tested the set of the glue";
    - hardening, solidifying, solidification, curing
     
  10. The descent of a heavenly body below the horizon
    "before the set of sun"
     
  11. (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way
    "his instructions deliberately gave them the wrong set"; "the subjects' set led them to solve problems the familiar way and to overlook the simpler solution";
    - readiness
     
  12. Any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals
    "the early sets ran on storage batteries"
     
  13. A badger's burrow
    - sett
Adjective: set  set
  1. (usually followed by 'to' or 'for') on the point of or strongly disposed
    "we are set to go at any time";
    - fit, primed
     
  2. Unchanging and unmoving
    "with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare"; "his bearded face already has a set hollow look";
    - fixed, rigid
     
  3. Situated in a particular spot or position
    "a house set on a hilltop";
    - located, placed, situated
     
  4. Set down according to a plan
    "a carefully laid table with places set for four people";
    - laid
     
  5. Being below the horizon
    "the moon is set"
     
  6. Determined or decided upon as by an authority
    "the time set for the launching";
    - determined, dictated
     
  7. Converted to solid form (as concrete)
    - hardened
Noun: Set  set
  1. Evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris
    - Seth

Sounds like: session, cen, se

Derived forms: set, setting, sets

See also: arranged, down, hard, nonmoving, ordered, ready, set ahead, set apart, set aside, set back, set down, set off, set out, set up, settled, unmoving

Type of: abstract entity, abstraction, accumulation, action, activity, aggregation, alter, approximate, arrange, assail, assault, assemblage, attack, bury, change, choose, cognitive state, collection, come down, compose, descend, descent, displace, disposition, Egyptian deity, electronic equipment, emplacement, equip, establish, estimate, exercise, exercising, fall, father, fit, fit out, gauge, go down, groom, guess, hone, impress, inclination, initiate, judge, lay down, locating, location, make, modify, move, multiply, natural action, natural process, neaten, originate, outfit, period of play, physical exercise, physical exertion, pick out, placement, play, playing period, position, positioning, present, print, procreate, represent, representation, reproduce, select, set on, set up, sink, social group, solidify, stage, start, state of mind, take, tendency, workout, write

Antonym: rise

Part of: communication equipment, communication system, mise en scène, plastination, setting, stage setting

Encyclopedia: Set