Definitions

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

  • noun One that sets.
  • noun Any of several breeds of long-haired hunting dogs originally trained to indicate the presence of game by crouching in a set position.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cut the dewlap of (an ox or a cow), helleboraster, or setter-wort, being put into the cut, and an issue thereby made for ill-humors to vent themselves. Compare setterwort.
  • noun A machine for setting out hides. See to set out .
  • noun One who or that which sets: as, a setter of precious stones; a setter of type (a compositor); a setter of music to words (a musical composer): chiefly in composition.
  • noun In the game of hazard. See hazard, 1.
  • noun An implement or any object used in or for setting.
  • noun A kind of hunting-dog, named from its original habit of setting or crouching when it scented game.
  • noun A man who is considered as performing the office of a setting-dog—that is, who seeks out and indicates to his confederates persons to be plundered.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, sets; -- used mostly in composition with a noun, as typesetter; or in combination with an adverb, as a setter on (or inciter), a setter up, a setter forth.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A hunting dog of a special breed originally derived from a cross between the spaniel and the pointer. Modern setters are usually trained to indicate the position of game birds by standing in a fixed position, but originally they indicated it by sitting or crouching.
  • noun One who hunts victims for sharpers.
  • noun One who adapts words to music in composition.
  • noun obsolete An adornment; a decoration; -- with off.
  • noun (Pottery) A shallow seggar for porcelain.
  • transitive verb Prov. Eng. To cut the dewlap (of a cow or an ox), and to insert a seton, so as to cause an issue.

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

  • verb UK, dialect, transitive To cut the dewlap (of a cow or ox), and insert a seton, so as to cause an issue.
  • noun One who sets something, especially a typesetter
  • noun A long-haired breed of gundog (Wikipedia).
  • noun volleyball The player who is responsible for setting, or passing, the ball to teammates for an attack.
  • noun computing, programming A function used to modify the value of some property of an object, contrasted with the getter.
  • noun sports, in combinations A game or match that lasts a certain number of sets

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

  • noun one who sets written material into type
  • noun a long-haired dog formerly trained to crouch on finding game but now to point

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

set +‎ -er

Examples

  • The setter is a Type I diabetic, forcing him to "shoot up with needles four times a day."

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  • Eleven dogs pounded the course, and the $300 top prize went to Count Gladstone IV, a white, black, and tan Llewellin setter who sired a line of national champions.

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  • Okay check out this analogy: the Rift's campaign is like bowing without the automatic pin setter-upper-thing.

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  • Obviously having a name setter and a setName one is not very DRY, the comment was more about that, if you want, you can have fluent interfaces and POJO like methods (Yes, it is not very advisable)

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  • Obviously having a name setter and a setName one is not very DRY, the comment was more about that, if you want, you can have fluent interfaces and POJO like methods (Yes, it is not very advisable)

    Netvouz - new bookmarks

  • Yes | No | Report from thomas j jerko wrote 18 weeks 1 day ago alex, my gordon setter is a super smart hunter, i'v seen him quarter on a running pheasant, cut the bird off and hold it on point, he hunts grouse, pheasant, wood cock, with ease, he was raised on quail (pen raised, none here in pa to hunt) as far as the towel goes. the only towel he want's to escape is the one i use to dry him off after a wet day afield.

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  • Yes | No | Report from thomas j jerko wrote 18 weeks 1 day ago alex, my gordon setter is a super smart hunter, i'v seen him quarter on a running pheasant, cut the bird off and hold it on point, he hunts grouse, pheasant, wood cock, with ease, he was raised on quail (pen raised, none here in pa to hunt) as far as the towel goes. the only towel he want's to escape is the one i use to dry him off after a wet day afield.

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  • Other lives: Former teachers' union leader and Guardian crossword setter

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  • Janie is— Claudia stopped, overwhelmed by the task of trying to describe Janie in terms the setter would understand.

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  • Experiment ultimately is the trend setter, which is as it should be.

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  • To setter, to cut the dew-lap of an ox or cow, into which helleboraster, called setterwort, being put, an issue is made for ill humours to vent themselves. --A Provincial Glossary, 1787. An old term from the north of England.

    May 5, 2011