Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Preparations, as for beginning a journey.
  • noun Company; set; clique.
  • noun A display, as of plate, or china, or elaborate dishes and wines at table; dress and accessories; equipage; turn-out.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun an outset
  • noun colloquial, dated a display or spread

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

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

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Examples

  • A short time later Wilhelm rose from the bench and setout for his lodgings.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • A short time later Wilhelm rose from the bench and setout for his lodgings.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • A short time later Wilhelm rose from the bench and setout for his lodgings.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • As soon as the victims proved favourable they all setout, the Arcadians following with the rest.

    Anabasis

  • A short time later Wilhelm rose from the bench and setout for his lodgings.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • A short time later Wilhelm rose from the bench and setout for his lodgings.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • So we setout on a quest in Shanghai to find out if it was true.

    CNN Transcript Dec 12, 2004

  • "I haven't a single finger bowl, but this is a setout that will last me all my days, Hannah says."

    Little Women

  • As soon as the victims proved favourable they all setout, the

    Anabasis

  • "I haven't a single finger bowl, but this is a setout that will last me all my days, Hannah says."

    Little Women

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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