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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A start or beginning; an outset.
  • n. An arrangement or display.
  • n. An array of food, as on a buffet table; a spread.
  • n. An entertaining event, such as a party.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an outset
  • n. a display or spread

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A display, as of plate, equipage, etc.; that which is displayed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Preparations, as for beginning a journey.
  • n. Company; set; clique.
  • n. A display, as of plate, or china, or elaborate dishes and wines at table; dress and accessories; equipage; turn-out.
  • n. In leather manufacturing, the act or process of smoothing out or setting a moistened hide with a slicker on a stone or table. See set, transitive verb, 33.

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

  • v. lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line
  • v. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
  • v. leave

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  • "n. In leather manufacturing, the act or process of smoothing out or setting a moistened hide with a slicker on a stone or table. See set, transitive verb, 33." --CD&C

    February 14, 2012