American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Made or placed as a part of another unit or structure: a set-in stereo cabinet.
- adj. Made separately and stitched into the main part: a dress with set-in sleeves.
- n. Material, as for a book, that is inserted; an insert.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A beginning; a setting in.
“The already existing fragments of the reconstruction of the original house became the starting point of the project: the set-in concrete slab with an out-placed exterior staircase, the wall by the entrance gateway and the parking lanes limited by the gabions.”
“They escape into the big city for date night, determined to have fun, but lapse into their old set-in habits.”
“I am so happy I got the sleeves right because it is tricky for a beginner to do set-in sleeves!”
“Three-needle binding off, at least for set-in sleeves, takes at least twice as long as sewing.”
“Three set-in lamps, which come with a 10-year warranty, emit intense heat and light.”
“The styles are simple, with set-in shoulders, pared-down forms and the type of finish you might expect from ready-to-wear.”
“He bought new boots and had to crawl out to the nearest town as infection set-in.”
“Unfortunately, as treatment options have expanded, complacency about the disease has set-in resulting in a continuing spread of the virus.”
“Around 1330, the set-in sleeve—a gathered sleeve sewn to the bodice of a garment—was invented, replacing the baggy T-shaped garments of earlier days.”
“They have adjusted and adapted blades and rotors, turning them horizontally, vertically, and even to sixty-degree angles, they have enlarged everything, discovering bigger is better and still bigger is still better … until it is not better any more, and diminishing returns set-in.”
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