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

  • n. The position, direction, or way in which something, such as an automatic control, is set.
  • n. The context and environment in which a situation is set; the background.
  • n. The time, place, and circumstances in which a narrative, drama, or film takes place.
  • n. Music A composition written or arranged to fit a text, such as a poetical work.
  • n. A mounting, as for a jewel.
  • n. A place setting.
  • n. A set of eggs in a hen's nest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of set.
  • n. The time, place and circumstance in which something (such as a story or picture) is set; context; scenario.
  • n. The act of setting.
  • n. A piece of metal in which a precious stone or gem is fixed to form a piece of jewelry.
  • n. A level or placement that a knob or control is set to.
  • n. The act of marking the position of game, as a setter does.
  • n. Hunting with a setter.
  • n. Something set in, or inserted.
  • adj. that disappears below the horizon

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of one who, or that which, sets
  • n. The act of marking the position of game, as a setter does; also, hunting with a setter.
  • n. Something set in, or inserted.
  • n. That in which something, as a gem, is set.
  • n. the time, place, and circumstances in which an event (real or fictional) occurs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of one who or that which sets, in any sense.
  • n. Specifically
  • n. The adjusting of a telescope to look at an object by means of a setting-circle or otherwise; also, the placing of a micrometer-wire so as to bisect an object.
  • n. In music, the act, process, or result of fitting or adapting to music, or providing a musical form for: as, a setting of the Psalms.
  • n. Theat., the mounting of a play or an opera for the stage; the equipment and arrangement of scenery, costumes, and properties; the miseen scène.
  • n. The adjusting of the teeth of a saw for cutting.
  • n. The hardening of plaster or cement; also, same as setting-coat.
  • n. The hardening process of eggs: a term used by fish-culturists.
  • n. The sinking of the sun or moon or of a star below the horizon.
  • n. The sport of hunting with a setter-dog. See the quotation under set, intransitive verb, 7.
  • n. Something set in or inserted.
  • n. That in which something, as a jewel, is set: as, a diamond in a gold setting; by extension, the ornamental surrounding of a jewel, seal, or the like: as, an antique setting; hence, figuratively, that which surrounds anything; environment.
  • n. In printing, same as offset, 9.
  • n. Same as location, 3.
  • Of the sunset; western; occidental.
  • n. The temporary station of a portable sawmill, yarding-engine, or other machine used in logging.
  • n. A wash of gum or other suitable material applied to the surface of a pencil or crayon drawing on paper in order to prevent the work of the artist from being rubbed off; a fixative.

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

  • n. a mounting consisting of a piece of metal (as in a ring or other jewelry) that holds a gem in place
  • n. the physical position of something
  • n. a table service for one person
  • n. arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
  • n. the state of the environment in which a situation exists
  • n. the context and environment in which something is set
  • n. the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event


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