Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The humbling of a person by act or words.
  • n. A retort or a reproof that has a humbling effect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The humbling of a person by act or words, especially by a disparaging remark, a retort or a reproof; the retort or the reproof which has such effect. Also called put-down.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A depressing or humiliating rebuke or reprehension; a rebuff; an unexpected and overwhelming answer or reply.
  • n. A meal to sit down to (implying luxury).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. reach or come to rest
  • v. cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place
  • v. put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.
  • v. leave or unload
  • v. go ashore
  • v. put or settle into a position

Etymologies

set +‎ down (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The process is known as "wind setdown," which is defined as a drop in water level caused by wind stress acting on the surface of a body of water for an extended period of time.

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  • You kissed Minerva, and she gave you a setdown to blister your ears.

    How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

  • Phall if you but will, rise you must: and none so soon either shall the pharce for the nunce come to a setdown secular phoenish.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Before I start to answer some of your questions, or charges/insults, I am going to attempt a little clarification of what I meant by my education leading me to doubt that there is any one particularly setdown, tried and true, “scientific method”.

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  • He had the distinct feeling that he was being dealt a sharp setdown.

    Slightly Dangerous

  • At least ten of them had simply melted away when one of the remaining tubes lost half its liner seconds before setdown.

    The Wizard Of Karres

  • All weathers, all places, time or setdown, no will of their own.

    Ulysses

  • How many times had a rough approach or a bad setdown offered reasons for her never to set foot on the deck of a spacecraft again?

    Home Fires

  • "That must have been quite a setdown you gave her."

    Unforgiven

  • "She cannot bear to be out of favor with Kenneth, and he has given her an even mightier setdown, as you must know."

    Unforgiven

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