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  • n. The system of tunnels that is the home of a badger.
  • n. The pattern of distinctive threads and yarns that make up the plaid of a Scottish tartan.
  • n. A small, square-cut piece of quarried stone used for paving and edging.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See set, n., 2 (e) and 3.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See set, set.
  • n. Same as set, n., 30.

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

  • n. rectangular paving stone with curved top; once used to make roads


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The word endding sett is the anglicized pronounciation of the Algonkian word ock or auk, which means a "ground," "place," or "area". '

    April 15th, 2004

  • Many came on foot, and of these by much the larger part meant to accompany the _cortège_ only to the top of the Armboth Fell, and, having "sett" it so far, to face no more of the more than twenty miles of rough country that lay between the valley and the churchyard on the plains by the sea.

    The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance

  • John Jackson and some of the other dalesmen who had been "sett" on the way to Gosforth led to an explanation of the disaster that had occurred on the pass.

    The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance

  • He played a game called sett’ e mezz’ for pennies, sitting on the one-step terrace outside the grocery store, freezing on the stone, and he memorized the cards coming out of the dealer’s hand and won very regular, expecting a picture card and it would come, worth half a point, but she told him not to play anymore.


  • Revels and merriment after the old English custome; [they] prepared to sett up a Maypole upon the festivall day . . . and therefore brewed a barrell of excellent beare [beer] . . . to be spent, with other good cheare, for all commers of that day . . .

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • I caught sight of them through binoculars as they were, interestingly, on the edge of the disturbed mound outside a sett.

    Country Diary: Strathnairn

  • [1] He is the first, and though he may not superstitiously feel the situation, yet he certainly has the start of them all, and the more there may be that sett off after him so much the better fun for the composer.

    Letter 204

  • And then, surprisingly, the cage door is opened and the badger runs free and back to the safety of his sett.

    Do we have to shoot the badgers?

  • Field will trap badgers for two nights running; it is calculated that 80% of a sett can be caught in this way and the temporary mark will tell him the next morning whether a badger has already been vaccinated.

    Do we have to shoot the badgers?

  • All together now: 'The science is sett ...' no, wait ...

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...


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  • Oh funny--another badger word is cete. I wonder whether there are any others (I'd like to collect the whole set).

    November 14, 2016

  • Sett is a very common unit of measure used by weavers. It indicates the number of ends or threads per inch when setting up a loom to weave a piece of cloth.

    April 16, 2016

  • "'George tells me that the keeper showed him a sett with young badgers in it."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 52

    March 20, 2008