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Noun: setting  se-ting
  1. The context and environment in which something is set
    "the perfect setting for a ghost story";
    - scene, backdrop
     
  2. The state of the environment in which a situation exists
    "you can't do that in a university setting";
    - background, scope
     
  3. Arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
    - mise en scène, stage setting
     
  4. The set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
    "the historical setting";
    - context, circumstance
     
  5. The physical position of something
    "he changed the setting on the thermostat"
     
  6. A table service for one person
    "a place setting of sterling flatware";
    - place setting
     
  7. A mounting consisting of a piece of metal (as in a ring or other jewellery) that holds a gem in place
    "the diamond was in a plain gold setting";
    - mount
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

Derived forms: settings

See also: set ahead, set apart, set aside, set back, set down, set off, set out, set up

Type of: alter, approximate, arrange, assail, assault, attack, bury, change, choose, come down, compose, descend, displace, environment, environs, equip, establish, estimate, fall, father, fit, fit out, gauge, go down, groom, guess, hone, impress, initiate, judge, lay down, make, modify, mounting, move, multiply, neaten, originate, outfit, pick out, place, position, present, print, procreate, represent, reproduce, select, service, set on, set up, sink, solidify, stage, start, surround, surroundings, table service, take, write

Antonym: rise

Encyclopedia: Setting

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