AskDefine | Define setting

Dictionary Definition

set adj
1 (usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or strongly disposed; "in no fit state to continue"; "fit to drop"; "laughing fit to burst"; "she was fit to scream"; "primed for a fight"; "we are set to go at any time" [syn: fit(p), primed(p), set(p)]
2 fixed and unmoving; "with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare"; "his bearded face already has a set hollow look"- Connor Cruise O'Brien; "a face rigid with pain" [syn: fixed, rigid]
3 situated in a particular spot or position; "valuable centrally located urban land"; "strategically placed artillery"; "a house set on a hilltop"; "nicely situated on a quiet riverbank" [syn: located, placed, situated]
4 set down according to a plan:"a carefully laid table with places set for four people"; "stones laid in a pattern" [syn: laid]
5 being below the horizon; "the moon is set" [syn: set(p)]
6 determined or decided upon as by an authority; "date and place are already determined"; "the dictated terms of surrender"; "the time set for the launching" [syn: determined, dictated]
7 converted to solid form (as concrete) [syn: hardened]

Noun

1 a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used; "a set of books"; "a set of golf clubs"; "a set of teeth"
2 (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols; "the set of prime numbers is infinite"
3 several exercises intended to be done in series; "he did four sets of the incline bench press" [syn: exercise set]
4 representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production; "the sets were meticulously authentic" [syn: stage set]
5 an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot" [syn: circle, band, lot]
6 a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; "the set of his mind was obvious" [syn: bent]
7 the act of putting something in position; "he gave a final set to his hat"
8 a unit of play in tennis or squash; "they played two sets of tennis after dinner"
9 the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization; "the hardening of concrete"; "he tested the set of the glue" [syn: hardening, solidifying, solidification, curing]
10 evil beast-headed Egyptian god with high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris [syn: Seth]
11 the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon; "before the set of sun"
12 (psychology) a temporary readiness to respond in a particular way; "the subjects' set led them to solve problems the familiar way and to overlook the simpler solution"; "his instructions deliberately gave them the wrong set" [syn: readiness]
13 any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals; "the early sets ran on storage batteries"

Verb

1 put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point" [syn: put, place, pose, position, lay]
2 fix conclusively or authoritatively; "set the rules" [syn: determine]
3 decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters" [syn: specify, determine, fix, limit]
4 establish as the highest level or best performance; "set a record" [syn: mark]
5 put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state; "set the house afire"
6 fix in a border; "The goldsmith set the diamond"
7 make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc; "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill" [syn: fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up]
8 set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly; "set clocks or instruments"
9 locate; "The film is set in Africa" [syn: localize, localise, place]
10 disappear beyond the horizon; "the sun sets early these days" [syn: go down, go under] [ant: rise]
11 adapt for performance in a different way; "set this poem to music" [syn: arrange]
12 put or set (seeds or seedlings) into the ground; "Let's plant flowers in the garden" [syn: plant]
13 apply or start; "set fire to a building"
14 become gelatinous; "the liquid jelled after we added the enzyme" [syn: jell, congeal]
15 put into a position that will restore a normal state; "set a broken bone"
16 insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink) [syn: countersink]
17 give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
18 urge a dog to attack someone [syn: sic]
19 estimate; "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M." [syn: place, put]
20 equip with sails, masts, etc.; "rig a ship" [syn: rig, set up]
21 get ready for a particular purpose or event; "set up an experiment"; "set the table"; "lay out the tools for the surgery" [syn: set up, lay out]
22 alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels" [syn: adjust, correct]
23 bear fruit; "the apple trees fructify" [syn: fructify]
24 arrange attractively; "dress my hair for the wedding" [syn: dress, arrange, do, coif, coiffe, coiffure] [also: setting]setting adj : (of a heavenly body) disappearing below the horizon; "the setting sun" [ant: rising]

Noun

1 the context and environment in which something is set; "the perfect setting for a ghost story" [syn: scene]
2 the state of the environment in which a situation exists; "you can't do that in a university setting" [syn: background, scope]
3 arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted [syn: mise en scene, stage setting]
4 the physical position of something; "he changed the setting on the thermostat"
5 a table service for one person; "a place setting of sterling flatware" [syn: place setting]
6 mounting consisting of a piece of metal (as in a ring or other jewelry) that holds a gem in place; "the diamond was in a plain gold mount" [syn: mount]setting See set

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Verb form

setting
  1. present participle of set

Noun

  1. The way or place in which something is set.
  2. A piece of metal in which a precious stone or gem is fixed to form a piece of jewellery.

Adjective

  1. that disappears below the horizon

Translations

Extensive Definition

Setting may refer to:

See also

setting in Simple English: Setting

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