Definitions

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  • v. To set before or in front of; bar; block; impede.
  • v. To ordain; assign; allot in advance.
  • v. To propose, suggest
  • n. An obstacle; hinderance.
  • n. That which is set ahead or before; proposal, suggestion.
  • n. The deposition of sediment by the turbidity currents above the reservoir water level.
  • adj. Set in fore or front part; placed ahead.

Etymologies

From Middle English foresetten, from Old English foresettan ("to place before, shut in, propose, prefer, precede"), equivalent to fore- +‎ set. Cognate with Dutch voorzetten ("to put in front"), German vorsetzen ("to put in front, offer, serve up"), Swedish föresätta ("to put before"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Most deltas contain three different types of deposits: foreset, topset and bottomset beds.

    Fluvial landforms

  • In front and beneath the foreset beds are the bottomset beds.

    Fluvial landforms

  • On top of the foreset beds are the nearly horizontal topset beds.

    Fluvial landforms

  • We did find some outstanding examples of topset and foreset beds.

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  • "He's backset and foreset," she said in a low tone.

    The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance

  • With Concha he was as simple, as direct, and as unsophisticated as the old priest himself, and now took his leave without attempting to disguise the fact that he had accomplished a foreset purpose.

    In Kedar's Tents

  • Seitaad was likely buried post-mortem in the base of a collapsed dune foreset.

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  • The sedimentary package preserving UMNH VP 18040 is petrologically identical to laterally equivalent sandstones, but lacks both small and large scale indicators of eolian deposition including foreset cross-bedding.

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  • Of those terms which are obvious examples of old words given new meanings, we find the following: backset, foreset, foresaye, inholder, plainmeaning, yeasaye, and storehouse.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 1

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  • From Middle English foresetten, from Old English foresettan (“to place before, shut in, propose, prefer, precede”), equivalent to fore- +‎ set.
    Verb
    foreset (present participle foresetting, simple past and past participle foreset)
    *To set before or in front of ... thus to propose, suggest
    *To ordain; assign; allot in advance.
    Derived Terms: foresetting
    Noun
    foreset (plural foresets)
    *That which is set ahead or before; proposal, suggestion.
    *(geology) The deposition of sediment by the turbidity currents above the reservoir water level.
    Derived Terms: (geology) foreset bed
    Adjective
    foreset (comparative more foreset, superlative most foreset)
    Set in fore or front part; placed ahead.

    November 21, 2011