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

  • adj. Not yet firm or solidified: unset gelatin; unset cement.
  • adj. Not mounted in a setting: an unset gem.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not set; not fixed or appointed.
  • v. To make not set.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not set; not fixed or appointed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not set; not placed. Unplanted.
  • Not sunk below the horizon, as the sun.
  • Not fixed; unappointed. See steven.
  • Not placed in a setting; unmounted: as, unset gems.
  • Not set, as a broken limb.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • Saxon away from the window of a fascinating shop where were iridescent pearls of abalone, set and unset.


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