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

  • transitive v. To set again: reset a broken bone.
  • transitive v. To change the reading of: reset a clock.
  • n. The act of setting again.
  • n. Something set again.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To set back to the initial state.
  • v. To set to zero
  • v. To adjust again after an initial failure
  • n. An act of resetting to the initial state
  • n. Setting to zero
  • n. Something that is reset
  • n. A device, such as a button or switch, for resetting something.
  • n. the crime of knowingly and dishonestly receiving stolen goods

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of resetting.
  • n. That which is reset; matter set up again.
  • n. The receiving of stolen goods, or harboring an outlaw.
  • transitive v. To set again.
  • transitive v. To harbor or secrete; to hide, as stolen goods or a criminal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as receipt.
  • In Scots law, to receive and harbor (an outlaw or criminal); receive (stolen goods).
  • To set again, in any sense of the word set.
  • n. Same as receipt, 5, 6.
  • n. In Scots law, the receiving and harboring of an outlaw or a criminal.
  • n. The act of resetting.
  • n. In printing, matter set over again.
  • n. The act or practice of receiving stolen goods.

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

  • v. set to zero
  • n. device for resetting instruments or controls
  • v. adjust again after an initial failure
  • v. set anew


re- +‎ set (Wiktionary)
From receipt (Wiktionary)


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  • Mr. Biden, just weeks after becoming vice president, coined the phrase "reset" when he called for a new start on U.S.

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  • If the union balks again, Stern said, the league will revert to its prior offer, which he referred to as the reset: a 47 percent share for players, a hard salary cap and a major rollback of current salaries.

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  • I wasn't planning to write about the minor contretemps caused by Secretary of State Clinton's gag gift to Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, of a red plastic button with the English word reset and an alleged Russian translation that turned out to be wrong; I figure everyone's heard about it by now, and really, what is there to say other than "oops"?

  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in greeting Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, presented him with a red plastic button emblazoned with the English word "reset" and the Russian word "peregruzka."

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  • Then Hillary Clinton presented Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, with a symbolic present, a red plastic button emblazoned with the English word "reset" and the Russian word "peregruzka".

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  • I should also add it does benefit those people still on adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) that are now in reset mode.

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  • Russia and the US may have reset their policies towards each other, but from Moscow's viewpoint the purpose of that reset is merely to allow it to consolidate its dominion over its neighbors.

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  • The idea is get your brain reset and to look at the prose in a new way.

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  • I complete agree that a reset is lazy ... but it could work with the idea of the pony and to clear the slate for Moffat.

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  • Hahahaha! I admit I've set anew at times, but I've never ever received or sold stolen goods--at least not that I know about. ;-)

    December 29, 2007

  • Scots - to receive or sell stolen goods. Pronounced perhaps as in reesetee.

    December 26, 2007