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set    : [s'ɛt]
Set \Set\ (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian,
OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel.
setja, Sw. s[aum]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative
from the root of E. sit. [root]154. See {Sit}, and cf.
1. To cause to sit; to make to assume a specified position or
attitude; to give site or place to; to place; to put; to
fix; as, to set a house on a stone foundation; to set a
book on a shelf; to set a dish on a table; to set a chest
or trunk on its bottom or on end.
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I do set my bow in the cloud. --Gen. ix. 13.
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2. Hence, to attach or affix (something) to something else,
or in or upon a certain place.
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Set your affection on things above. --Col. iii. 2.
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The Lord set a mark upon Cain. --Gen. iv. 15.
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3. To make to assume specified place, condition, or
occupation; to put in a certain condition or state
(described by the accompanying words); to cause to be.
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The Lord thy God will set thee on high. --Deut.
xxviii. 1.
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I am come to set a man at variance against his
father, and the daughter against her mother. --Matt.
x. 35.
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Every incident sets him thinking. --Coleridge.
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4. To fix firmly; to make fast, permanent, or stable; to
render motionless; to give an unchanging place, form, or
condition to. Specifically:
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(a) To cause to stop or stick; to obstruct; to fasten to a
spot; hence, to occasion difficulty to; to embarrass;
as, to set a coach in the mud.
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They show how hard they are set in this
particular. --Addison.
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(b) To fix beforehand; to determine; hence, to make
unyielding or obstinate; to render stiff, unpliant, or
rigid; as, to set one's countenance.
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His eyes were set by reason of his age. --1
Kings xiv. 4.
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On these three objects his heart was set.
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Make my heart as a millstone, set my face as a
flint. --Tennyson.
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(c) To fix in the ground, as a post or a tree; to plant;
as, to set pear trees in an orchard.
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(d) To fix, as a precious stone, in a border of metal; to
place in a setting; hence, to place in or amid
something which serves as a setting; as, to set glass
in a sash.
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And him too rich a jewel to be set
In vulgar metal for a vulgar use. --Dryden.
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(e) To render stiff or solid; especially, to convert into
curd; to curdle; as, to set milk for cheese.
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5. To put into a desired position or condition; to adjust; to
regulate; to adapt. Specifically:
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(a) To put in order in a particular manner; to prepare;
as, to set (that is, to hone) a razor; to set a saw.
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Tables for to sette, and beddes make. --Chaucer.
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(b) To extend and bring into position; to spread; as, to
set the sails of a ship.
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(c) To give a pitch to, as a tune; to start by fixing the
keynote; as, to set a psalm. --Fielding.
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(d) To reduce from a dislocated or fractured state; to
replace; as, to set a broken bone.
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(e) To make to agree with some standard; as, to set a
watch or a clock.
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(f) (Masonry) To lower into place and fix solidly, as the
blocks of cut stone in a structure.
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6. To stake at play; to wager; to risk.
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I have set my life upon a cast,
And I will stand the hazard of the die. --Shak.
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7. To fit with music; to adapt, as words to notes; to prepare
for singing.
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Set thy own songs, and sing them to thy lute.
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8. To determine; to appoint; to assign; to fix; as, to set a
time for a meeting; to set a price on a horse.
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9. To adorn with something infixed or affixed; to stud; to
variegate with objects placed here and there.
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High on their heads, with jewels richly set,
Each lady wore a radiant coronet. --Dryden.
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Pastoral dales thin set with modern farms.
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10. To value; to rate; -- with at.
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Be you contented, wearing now the garland,
To have a son set your decrees at naught. --Shak.
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I do not set my life at a pin's fee. --Shak.
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11. To point out the seat or position of, as birds, or other
game; -- said of hunting dogs.
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12. To establish as a rule; to furnish; to prescribe; to
assign; as, to set an example; to set lessons to be
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13. To suit; to become; as, it sets him ill. [Scot.]
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14. (Print.) To compose; to arrange in words, lines, etc.;
as, to set type; to set a page.
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{To set abroach}. See {Abroach}. [Obs.] --Shak.

{To set against}, to oppose; to set in comparison with, or to
oppose to, as an equivalent in exchange; as, to set one
thing against another.

{To set agoing}, to cause to move.

{To set apart}, to separate to a particular use; to separate
from the rest; to reserve.

{To set a saw}, to bend each tooth a little, every alternate
one being bent to one side, and the intermediate ones to
the other side, so that the opening made by the saw may be
a little wider than the thickness of the back, to prevent
the saw from sticking.

{To set aside}.
(a) To leave out of account; to pass by; to omit; to
neglect; to reject; to annul.
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Setting aside all other considerations, I will
endeavor to know the truth, and yield to that.
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(b) To set apart; to reserve; as, to set aside part of
one's income.
(c) (Law) See under {Aside}.

{To set at defiance}, to defy.

{To set at ease}, to quiet; to tranquilize; as, to set the
heart at ease.

{To set at naught}, to undervalue; to contemn; to despise.
"Ye have set at naught all my counsel." --Prov. i. 25.

{To set a trap} {To set a snare}, or {To set a gin}, to put
it in a proper condition or position to catch prey; hence,
to lay a plan to deceive and draw another into one's

{To set at work}, or {To set to work}.
(a) To cause to enter on work or action, or to direct how
tu enter on work.
(b) To apply one's self; -- used reflexively.

{To set before}.
(a) To bring out to view before; to exhibit.
(b) To propose for choice to; to offer to.

{To set by}.
(a) To set apart or on one side; to reject.
(b) To attach the value of (anything) to. "I set not a
straw by thy dreamings." --Chaucer.

{To set by the compass}, to observe and note the bearing or
situation of by the compass.

{To set case}, to suppose; to assume. Cf. {Put case}, under
{Put}, v. t. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

{To set down}.
(a) To enter in writing; to register.
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Some rules were to be set down for the
government of the army. --Clarendon.
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(b) To fix; to establish; to ordain.
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This law we may name eternal, being that order
which God . . . hath set down with himself, for
himself to do all things by. --Hooker.
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(c) To humiliate.

{To set eyes on}, to see; to behold; to fasten the eyes on.

{To set fire to}, or {To set on fire}, to communicate fire
to; fig., to inflame; to enkindle the passions of; to

{To set flying} (Naut.), to hook to halyards, sheets, etc.,
instead of extending with rings or the like on a stay; --
said of a sail.

{To set forth}.
(a) To manifest; to offer or present to view; to exhibt;
to display.
(b) To publish; to promulgate; to make appear. --Waller.
(c) To send out; to prepare and send. [Obs.]
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The Venetian admiral had a fleet of sixty
galleys, set forth by the Venetians. --Knolles.
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{To set forward}.
(a) To cause to advance.
(b) To promote.

{To set free}, to release from confinement, imprisonment, or
bondage; to liberate; to emancipate.

{To set in}, to put in the way; to begin; to give a start to.
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If you please to assist and set me in, I will
recollect myself. --Collier.
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{To set in order}, to adjust or arrange; to reduce to method.
"The rest will I set in order when I come." --1 Cor. xi.

{To set milk}.
(a) To expose it in open dishes in order that the cream
may rise to the surface.
(b) To cause it to become curdled as by the action of
rennet. See 4
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{To set much by} or {To set little by}, to care much, or
little, for.

{To set of}, to value; to set by. [Obs.] "I set not an haw of
his proverbs." --Chaucer.

{To set off}.
(a) To separate from a whole; to assign to a particular
purpose; to portion off; as, to set off a portion of
an estate.
(b) To adorn; to decorate; to embellish.
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They . . . set off the worst faces with the
best airs. --Addison.
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(c) To give a flattering description of.

{To set off against}, to place against as an equivalent; as,
to set off one man's services against another's.

{To set on} or {To set upon}.
(a) To incite; to instigate. "Thou, traitor, hast set on
thy wife to this." --Shak.
(b) To employ, as in a task. " Set on thy wife to
observe." --Shak.
(c) To fix upon; to attach strongly to; as, to set one's
heart or affections on some object. See definition 2,

{To set one's cap for}. See under {Cap}, n.

{To set one's self against}, to place one's self in a state
of enmity or opposition to.

{To set one's teeth}, to press them together tightly.

{To set on foot}, to set going; to put in motion; to start.

{To set out}.
(a) To assign; to allot; to mark off; to limit; as, to
set out the share of each proprietor or heir of an
estate; to set out the widow's thirds.
(b) To publish, as a proclamation. [Obs.]
(c) To adorn; to embellish.
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An ugly woman, in rich habit set out with
jewels, nothing can become. --Dryden.
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(d) To raise, equip, and send forth; to furnish. [R.]
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The Venetians pretend they could set out, in
case of great necessity, thirty men-of-war.
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(e) To show; to display; to recommend; to set off.
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I could set out that best side of Luther.
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(f) To show; to prove. [R.] "Those very reasons set out
how heinous his sin was." --Atterbury.
(g) (Law) To recite; to state at large.

{To set over}.
(a) To appoint or constitute as supervisor, inspector,
ruler, or commander.
(b) To assign; to transfer; to convey.

{To set right}, to correct; to put in order.

{To set sail}. (Naut.) See under {Sail}, n.

{To set store by}, to consider valuable.

{To set the fashion}, to determine what shall be the fashion;
to establish the mode.

{To set the teeth on edge}, to affect the teeth with a
disagreeable sensation, as when acids are brought in
contact with them.

{To set the watch} (Naut.), to place the starboard or port
watch on duty.

{To set to}, to attach to; to affix to. "He . . . hath set to
his seal that God is true." --John iii. 33.

{To set up}. (a) To erect; to raise; to elevate; as, to set
up a building, or a machine; to set up a post, a wall, a
(b) Hence, to exalt; to put in power. "I will . . . set
up the throne of David over Israel." --2 Sam. iii.
(c) To begin, as a new institution; to institute; to
establish; to found; as, to set up a manufactory; to
set up a school.
(d) To enable to commence a new business; as, to set up a
son in trade.
(e) To place in view; as, to set up a mark.
(f) To raise; to utter loudly; as, to set up the voice.
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I'll set up such a note as she shall hear.
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(g) To advance; to propose as truth or for reception; as,
to set up a new opinion or doctrine. --T. Burnet.
(h) To raise from depression, or to a sufficient fortune;
as, this good fortune quite set him up.
(i) To intoxicate. [Slang]
(j) (Print.) To put in type; as, to set up copy; to
arrange in words, lines, etc., ready for printing;
as, to set up type.

{To set up the rigging} (Naut.), to make it taut by means of
tackles. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
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Syn: See {Put}.
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Set \Set\ (s[e^]t), v. i.
1. To pass below the horizon; to go down; to decline; to sink
out of sight; to come to an end.
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Ere the weary sun set in the west. --Shak.
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Thus this century sets with little mirth, and the
next is likely to arise with more mourning.
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2. To fit music to words. [Obs.] --Shak.
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3. To place plants or shoots in the ground; to plant. "To sow
dry, and set wet." --Old Proverb.
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4. To be fixed for growth; to strike root; to begin to
germinate or form; as, cuttings set well; the fruit has
set well (i. e., not blasted in the blossom).
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5. To become fixed or rigid; to be fastened.
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A gathering and serring of the spirits together to
resist, maketh the teeth to set hard one against
another. --Bacon.
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6. To congeal; to concrete; to solidify; -- of cements,
glues, gels, concrete, substances polymerizing into
plastics, etc.
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That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set.
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7. To have a certain direction in motion; to flow; to move
on; to tend; as, the current sets to the north; the tide
sets to the windward.
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8. To begin to move; to go out or forth; to start; -- now
followed by out.
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The king is set from London. --Shak.
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9. To indicate the position of game; -- said of a dog; as,
the dog sets well; also, to hunt game by the aid of a
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10. To apply one's self; to undertake earnestly; -- now
followed by out.
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If he sets industriously and sincerely to perform
the commands of Christ, he can have no ground of
doubting but it shall prove successful to him.
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11. To fit or suit one; to sit; as, the coat sets well.

Note: [Colloquially used, but improperly, for sit.]
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Note: The use of the verb set for sit in such expressions as,
the hen is setting on thirteen eggs; a setting hen,
etc., although colloquially common, and sometimes
tolerated in serious writing, is not to be approved.
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{To set about}, to commence; to begin.

{To set forward}, to move or march; to begin to march; to

{To set forth}, to begin a journey.

{To set in}.
(a) To begin; to enter upon a particular state; as,
winter set in early.
(b) To settle one's self; to become established. "When
the weather was set in to be very bad." --Addison.
(c) To flow toward the shore; -- said of the tide.

{To set off}.
(a) To enter upon a journey; to start.
(b) (Typog.) To deface or soil the next sheet; -- said of
the ink on a freshly printed sheet, when another
sheet comes in contact with it before it has had time
to dry.

{To set on} or {To set upon}.
(a) To begin, as a journey or enterprise; to set about.
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He that would seriously set upon the search of
truth. --Locke.
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(b) To assault; to make an attack. --Bacon.
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Cassio hath here been set on in the dark.
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{To set out}, to begin a journey or course; as, to set out
for London, or from London; to set out in business;to set
out in life or the world.

{To set to}, to apply one's self to.

{To set up}.
(a) To begin business or a scheme of life; as, to set up
in trade; to set up for one's self.
(b) To profess openly; to make pretensions.
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Those men who set up for mortality without
regard to religion, are generally but virtuous
in part. --Swift.
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Set \Set\ (s[e^]t), a.
1. Fixed in position; immovable; rigid; as, a set line; a set
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2. Firm; unchanging; obstinate; as, set opinions or
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3. Regular; uniform; formal; as, a set discourse; a set
battle. "The set phrase of peace." --Shak.
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4. Established; prescribed; as, set forms of prayer.
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5. Adjusted; arranged; formed; adapted.
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{Set hammer}.
(a) A hammer the head of which is not tightly fastened
upon the handle, but may be reversed. --Knight.
(b) A hammer with a concave face which forms a die for
shaping anything, as the end of a bolt, rivet, etc.

{Set line}, a line to which a number of baited hooks are
attached, and which, supported by floats and properly
secured, may be left unguarded during the absence of the

{Set nut}, a jam nut or lock nut. See under {Nut}.

{Set screw} (Mach.), a screw, sometimes cupped or printed at
one end, and screwed through one part, as of a machine,
tightly upon another part, to prevent the one from
slipping upon the other.

{Set speech}, a speech carefully prepared before it is
delivered in public; a formal or methodical speech.
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Set \Set\, n.
1. The act of setting, as of the sun or other heavenly body;
descent; hence, the close; termination. "Locking at the
set of day." --Tennyson.
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The weary sun hath made a golden set. --Shak.
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2. That which is set, placed, or fixed. Specifically:
(a) A young plant for growth; as, a set of white thorn.
(b) That which is staked; a wager; a venture; a stake;
hence, a game at venture. [Obs. or R.]
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We will in France, by God's grace, play a set
Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard.
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That was but civil war, an equal set. --Dryden.
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(c) (Mech.) Permanent change of figure in consequence of
excessive strain, as from compression, tension,
bending, twisting, etc.; as, the set of a spring.
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(d) A kind of punch used for bending, indenting, or giving
shape to, metal; as, a saw set.
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(e) (Pile Driving) A piece placed temporarily upon the
head of a pile when the latter cannot be reached by
the weight, or hammer, except by means of such an
intervening piece. [Often incorrectly written {sett}.]
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(f) (Carp.) A short steel spike used for driving the head
of a nail below the surface. Called also {nail set}.
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3. [Perhaps due to confusion with sect, sept.] A number of
things of the same kind, ordinarily used or classed
together; a collection of articles which naturally
complement each other, and usually go together; an
assortment; a suit; as, a set of chairs, of china, of
surgical or mathematical instruments, of books, etc. [In
this sense, sometimes incorrectly written {sett}.]
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4. A number of persons associated by custom, office, common
opinion, quality, or the like; a division; a group; a
clique. "Others of our set." --Tennyson.
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This falls into different divisions, or sets, of
nations connected under particular religions. --R.
P. Ward.
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5. Direction or course; as, the set of the wind, or of a
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6. In dancing, the number of persons necessary to execute a
quadrille; also, the series of figures or movements
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7. The deflection of a tooth, or of the teeth, of a saw,
which causes the the saw to cut a kerf, or make an
opening, wider than the blade.
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(a) A young oyster when first attached.
(b) Collectively, the crop of young oysters in any
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9. (Tennis) A series of as many games as may be necessary to
enable one side to win six. If at the end of the tenth
game the score is a tie, the set is usually called a deuce
set, and decided by an application of the rules for
playing off deuce in a game. See {Deuce}.
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10. (Type Founding) That dimension of the body of a type
called by printers the {width}.
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11. (Textiles) Any of various standards of measurement of the
fineness of cloth; specif., the number of reeds in one
inch and the number of threads in each reed. The exact
meaning varies according to the location where it is
used. Sometimes written {sett}.
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12. A stone, commonly of granite, shaped like a short brick
and usually somewhat larger than one, used for street
paving. Commonly written {sett}.
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13. Camber of a curved roofing tile.
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14. The manner, state, or quality of setting or fitting; fit;
as, the set of a coat. [Colloq.]
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15. Any collection or group of objects considered together.

{Dead set}.
(a) The act of a setter dog when it discovers the game,
and remains intently fixed in pointing it out.
(b) A fixed or stationary condition arising from obstacle
or hindrance; a deadlock; as, to be at a dead set.
(c) A concerted scheme to defraud by gaming; a determined

{To make a dead set}, to make a determined onset, literally
or figuratively.
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Syn: Collection; series; group. See {Pair}.
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Seth \Seth\, prop. n. (Egyptian Mythology)
An evil beast-headed god with high square ears and a long
snout; his was the brother and murderer of Osiris. Called
also {Set}
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Set \Set\, prop. n. (Egyptian Mythology)
An evil beast-headed god with high square ears and a long
snout; his was the brother and murderer of Osiris. Called
also {Seth}
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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"
[synonym: {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" [synonym: {fixed},
{set}, {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" [synonym: {located}, {placed}, {set},
4: set down according to a plan: "a carefully laid table with
places set for four people"; "stones laid in a pattern" [synonym:
{laid}, {set}]
5: being below the horizon; "the moon is set"
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" [synonym:
{determined}, {dictated}, {set}]
7: converted to solid form (as concrete) [synonym: {hardened},
n 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" [synonym: {set}, {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" [synonym: {stage set}, {set}]
5: an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set
goes there"; "they were an angry lot" [synonym: {set}, {circle},
{band}, {lot}]
6: a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular
way; "the set of his mind was obvious" [synonym: {bent}, {set}]
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" [synonym: {hardening}, {solidifying},
{solidification}, {set}, {curing}]
10: evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high
square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris
[synonym: {Set}, {Seth}]
11: the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon; "before
the set of sun"
12: (psychology) being temporarily ready 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" [synonym: {set}, {readiness}]
13: any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or
tv signals; "the early sets ran on storage batteries"
v 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" [synonym: {put}, {set}, {place}, {pose},
{position}, {lay}]
2: fix conclusively or authoritatively; "set the rules" [synonym:
{determine}, {set}]
3: decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify
the parameters" [synonym: {specify}, {set}, {determine},
{define}, {fix}, {limit}]
4: establish as the highest level or best performance; "set a
record" [synonym: {set}, {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" [synonym: {fix}, {prepare}, {set
up}, {ready}, {gear up}, {set}]
8: set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly; "set
clocks or instruments"
9: locate; "The film is set in Africa" [synonym: {set}, {localize},
{localise}, {place}]
10: disappear beyond the horizon; "the sun sets early these
days" [synonym: {set}, {go down}, {go under}] [ant: {ascend},
{come up}, {rise}, {uprise}]
11: adapt for performance in a different way; "set this poem to
music" [synonym: {arrange}, {set}]
12: put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground;
"Let's plant flowers in the garden" [synonym: {plant}, {set}]
13: apply or start; "set fire to a building"
14: become gelatinous; "the liquid jelled after we added the
enzyme" [synonym: {jell}, {set}, {congeal}]
15: set in type; "My book will be typeset nicely"; "set these
words in italics" [synonym: {typeset}, {set}]
16: put into a position that will restore a normal state; "set a
broken bone"
17: insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a
countersink) [synonym: {set}, {countersink}]
18: give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
19: urge to attack someone; "The owner sicked his dogs on the
intruders"; "the shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits"
[synonym: {sic}, {set}]
20: estimate; "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M." [synonym:
{place}, {put}, {set}]
21: equip with sails or masts; "rig a ship" [synonym: {rig}, {set},
{set up}]
22: get ready for a particular purpose or event; "set up an
experiment"; "set the table"; "lay out the tools for the
surgery" [synonym: {set up}, {lay out}, {set}]
23: alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a
standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment
of the front wheels" [synonym: {adjust}, {set}, {correct}]
24: bear fruit; "the apple trees fructify" [synonym: {fructify},
25: arrange attractively; "dress my hair for the wedding" [synonym:
{dress}, {arrange}, {set}, {do}, {coif}, {coiffe},

1151 Moby Thesaurus words for "set":
A to Z, A to izzard, Brownian movement, Platonic form,
Platonic idea, Zeitgeist, abet, accepted, accommodate, accord,
accretion, acrid, aculeate, acuminate, acute, adapt, address,
adhere, adherence, adhesion, adjust, adjust to, advance,
aesthetic form, affix, affluence, afflux, affluxion, age group,
agglomerate, agglomeration, agglutination, aggregate, aim, aim at,
air, all, all and sundry, all ready, all set, allocate, allot,
alpha and omega, anchor, anchored, angular motion, animus, annex,
appoint, appropriate to, aptitude, aptness, archetype, armed,
armed and ready, arrange, arranged, art form, ascending, ascent,
ascertained, aspect, assemblage, assign, assign to, assigned,
assimilate, assured, attach, attested, attitude, attune, authorize,
axial motion, azimuth, back number, back-number, backed,
backflowing, backing, backward motion, balking, balky, banal, band,
barb, base, battalion, battery, be gravid, be knocked up,
be pregnant, be seated, be with child, be-all, be-all and end-all,
bear, bearing, bearings, bed, beginning and end, belay, bend,
bend to, bent, bestow, bet, bevy, bewhiskered, bias, bigoted,
block, block out, blood, blueprinted, body, bonded,
booted and spurred, borne, bracket, branch, breed, briefed,
brigade, broadcast, bromidic, brood, build, build in, bulldogged,
bulletheaded, bullheaded, bump, bunch, burden with, cabal, cabinet,
cadre, cake, calcified, calculated, callous, calloused, camarilla,
candy, career, carry, carry young, carve, case-hardened, cast,
caste, category, cave, cave in, celestial navigation, cell, cement,
cemented, certain, certified, character, charge, charmed circle,
charted, chassis, chisel, chronic, cicatrize, cinch, circle,
circumscribed, circumscript, clabber, clamp, clan, clasp, class,
cleave, climbing, clinch, cling, cling to, clinging, clique, clock,
close, close up, closed circle, clot, clotting, clump, cluster,
clustering, coached, coagulate, coagulation, cock, cocked, cohere,
coherence, cohesion, cohesiveness, cohort, collection, common,
commonplace, compaction, company, complement, comportment, compose,
concourse, concrete, concretion, condensation, condense, conduce,
configuration, confirm, confirmed, confluence, conflux,
conformable, conformation, congeal, congealment, congelation,
conglobation, conglomerate, conglomeration, console, consolidation,
constant, constitution, consuetudinary, contingent, contribute,
contrived, conventional, coordinate, copy, corny, corps, coterie,
couple, course, cover, covey, cramp, create, crew, crosscurrent,
crowd, crusted, crusty, crystallize, crystallized, curd, curdle,
current, customary, cut, cut to, cut-and-dried, cutting,
dead reckoning, decided, decisive, decline, decree, deep-dye,
deep-dyed, deep-engraven, deep-fixed, deep-grounded, deep-laid,
deep-rooted, deep-seated, deep-set, deep-settled, define, defined,
definite, defluxion, delimited, demand, demarcated, demeanor,
denominate, deployed, deportment, deposit, descend, descending,
descent, designate, designed, destine, detachment, detail,
determinate, determine, determined, devised, diathesis, dibble,
dictate, diehard, dip, direct, direction, direction line,
directionize, dispose, disposition, disseminate, division, dogged,
dogmatic, double-edged, downflow, downpour, downward motion, drift,
driftage, drill, droop, drop, dry, dyed-in-the-wool,
each and every, earmark, ebb, ebbing, eccentricity, edge, edged,
edition, efform, elite, elite group, embed, embedded, embosomed,
embossed, embrace, emplace, emplaced, encircled, engraft,
engrafted, engrave, engraved, enjoin, ensconce, ensconced,
entrench, entrenched, equalize, equipped, especial, establish,
established, estate, etch, etched, everyday, everything, exact,
exposure, faction, fade, familiar, familiarized, fanatic, fashion,
fast, fasten, fasten upon, fastened, fate, featheredged,
figuration, figure, figured, file, fine, firm, firmly established,
fit, fix, fix on, fixed, fleet, flight, flinty, flood, flop,
flop down, flow, flow back, flow in, flow out, flowing, fluency,
flump, flump down, flush, flux, foment, forest, forge, form,
formalize, format, formation, forward motion, fossilized, found,
founder, frame, freeze to, freight with, frontage, fusty, game,
gang, gear to, gel, gelatinate, gelatinize, generally accepted,
genius, genre, gestate, get up steam, give way, glacial movement,
glued, go, go down, good and ready, grade, graft, grain, granulate,
granulated, grapple, grasp, graven, grind, groomed, ground, group,
grouping, groupment, grow together, guaranteed, gush, hackney,
hackneyed, hang on, hang together, hardened, hardheaded, harmonize,
hatch, have a tendency, head, heading, headstrong, heal, heal over,
hedged about, helmsmanship, hew, hold, hold a heading, hold on,
hold together, homologate, homologize, hone, hornified, housing,
hover, hug, idiosyncrasy, immovable, impact, implant, implanted,
impose, impose on, impose upon, impress, impressed, impression,
imprint, imprinted, in arms, in battle array, in readiness,
in the bag, in the saddle, in the works, in-group, inclination,
incline, incorrigible, incrassate, incrusted, incubate, inculcated,
indelibly impressed, indicate, individualism, indurate, indurated,
ineffectual, infix, infixed, inflexible, inflict on, inflict upon,
inflow, informed, ingrain, ingrained, ingroup, ingrown,
inner circle, inner form, inscribe, inseminate, inseparability,
inspissate, install, installed, instigate, instilled, instruct,
instrument, instrumentate, intent, intolerant, invest, inveterate,
inwrought, irreversible, issue, jam, jammed, jell, jellify, jelly,
junction, junta, junto, justify, keen, keen-edged, key to, kidney,
kin, kit, knack, knead, knifelike, knit, knock out, knot, label,
lapidified, lapse, lay, lay down, lay on, lay out,
lay the foundation, layout, lead, lean, leaning,
length and breadth, level, level at, levy, library,
library edition, lick into shape, lie, limited, line,
line of direction, line of march, line of position, load, loaded,
loaded for bear, located, lodge, long-established, look to,
look-alikes, lopper, lot, lower, loyal, lump, made sure,
main current, mainstream, make, make an adaptation,
make assignments, make fast, make obligatory, make plumb,
make uniform, make up, makeup, mark, mark off, mark out for, mass,
matching pair, matrix, mature, mean, measure, melodize, mental set,
mention, methodized, mettle, mien, mill run, millrace, mind,
mind-set, mint, mise-en-scene, mob, mobilized, modality, mode,
model, mold, moor, moth-eaten, motion, mounting, movement, mulish,
musicalize, musty, nailed down, name, narrow, nature, navigation,
normal, nose, number, oblique motion, obstinate, obtaining,
oilstone, old hat, old-line, on a rock, on bedrock, on ice,
on the agenda, on the anvil, on the calendar, on the carpet,
on the docket, on the mark, on the tapis, one and all, ongoing,
onrush, onward course, open-and-shut, opinionated, orchestrate,
ordain, order, ordinary, organized, orientation, ossified,
out-group, outfit, outflow, overrun, overzealous, pack, package,
package deal, pair, paltry, park, party, passage, pattern,
peer group, perch, persevering, persist, pertinacious, petrified,
phalanx, pi, pi a form, pick out, pigeonhole, pigheaded, pilotage,
piloting, pin down, pitch, place, placed, planned, plant, planted,
platitudinous, platoon, play, plop, plop down, plotted, plump,
plunging, point, point at, point out, point to, popular, port,
portion off, pose, posit, position, position line, positioned,
posse, post, posted, pot, pour, prearranged, predicament,
predilection, predisposition, preference, prepare, prepared,
prepared and ready, prescribe, prescribed, prescriptive, presence,
present, prevalent, prime, primed, print, printing, proclivity,
progress, projected, proportion, prototype, proved, provided,
provoke, psyched up, put, put down, put in, put in tune, put on,
put to, put to music, put up, put upon, quarter, race,
radial motion, radio, radio bearing, radio receiver, radio set,
radio telescope, raise, random motion, range, rank, rating,
rationalized, razor-edged, ready, ready for anything, received,
receiver, receiving set, reconcile, rectify, redound to, reflowing,
refluence, reflux, reforest, regiment, regression, regular,
regulate, regulation, regurgitate, reinforced, remain seated,
require, reserve, reset, resolute, resolved, restive, restrict,
restrict to, retimber, retrogression, right, right itself, rigid,
rigidified, ring, ripe, rising, riveted, roost, root, rooted,
rough out, roughcast, roughhew, rubric, run, rush, saddle with,
sag, salon, sapling, scab over, scatter seed, scenery, schedule,
scheduled, schematized, school edition, scion, sclerotic, score,
screw up, sculpt, sculpture, seat, seated, section, secure, seed,
seed down, seedling, select, self-willed, seminate, sept, series,
serve, set apart, set aside, set in, set in print, set off, set on,
set right, set to, set to music, set toward, set up, setting,
settle, settle down, settled, settled in habit, shape, shaped,
sharp, sharpen, shoot, show a tendency, sideward motion, sight on,
significant form, signify, similarize, sink, sink down, sinking,
sit, sit down, situate, situated, slant, slip, slouch, slump,
slump down, small, soaring, solidification, solidified, solidify,
sot, sound, sow, sow broadcast, spate, special, specialize,
specific, specified, specify, spiculate, spotted, spread, sprig,
sprout, spur, squad, square, stabilized, stable, stage, stage set,
stage setting, stake, stale, stamp, standard, staple, state,
stated, station, stationed, status, staunch, stay, stay put,
steadfast, steady, steam up, steeled, steely, steer, steerage,
steering, stereotype, stereotyped, sternway, stick, stick together,
sticking, stiff-necked, stiffened, stipulate, stipulated, stir up,
stock, strain, strap, strategetic, strategic, stratum, streak,
stream, strengthened, string, stripe, strong-willed, strongheaded,
strop, structure, stubborn, stuck, style, subdivision, subgroup,
subject to, submerge, submit, suborder, subside, subsiding, sucker,
suit, suite, sulky, sullen, sur le tapis, surge, surge back,
surrounded, swag, swing, sync, synchronize, systematized, tactical,
tag, tailor, take a set, take hold of, talent, taped, taper, task,
tax, team, temper, temperament, tenacious, tend, tend to go,
tendency, tenor, tested, the corpus, the ensemble, the entirety,
the general tendency, the lot, the main course, the whole,
the whole range, thermoform, thick, thicken, thorough, threadbare,
tide, tight, tighten, time spirit, time-honored, timeworn, title,
tone, toughened, track, trade book, trade edition, traditional,
train, train upon, traject, trajet, transcribe, transplant,
transpose, trend, tribe, trice up, tried, trim, trim to, trite,
troop, troupe, true, true up, truistic, tune, turn, turn of mind,
turn upon, twig, twins, twist, two-edged, type, unbending,
uncooperative, undeflectable, undercurrent, undertow, unflappable,
unoriginal, unregenerate, unshaken, unswerving, unyielding,
up in arms, upward motion, usual, verge, vest, vested, vigilant,
vitrified, volume, wager, warm up, warmed-over, warp, warranted,
water flow, way, we-group, wedge, wedged, weight down with,
well-established, well-founded, well-grounded, well-known,
well-prepared, well-set, well-settled, well-worn, whet, whip up,
widespread, willful, wind, wind up, wing, wireless, wireless set,
wonted, work, work toward, worked out, worn, worn thin, write,
yoke with

A collection of objects, known as the elements of the set,
specified in such a way that we can tell in principle whether
or not a given object belongs to it. E.g. the set of all prime
numbers, the set of zeros of the cosine function.

For each set there is a {predicate} (or property) which is
true for (possessed by) exactly those objects which are
elements of the set. The predicate may be defined by the set
or vice versa. Order and repetition of elements within the
set are irrelevant so, for example, {1, 2, 3} = {3, 2, 1} =
{1, 3, 1, 2, 2}.

Some common set of numbers are given the following names:

N = the {natural numbers} 0, 1, 2, ...

Z = the {integers} ..., -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, ...

Q = the {rational numbers} p/q where p, q are in Z and q /= 0.

R = the {real numbers}

C = the {complex numbers}.

The empty set is the set with no elements. The intersection
of two sets X and Y is the set containing all the elements x
such that x is in X and x is in Y. The union of two sets is
the set containing all the elements x such that x is in X or x
is in Y.

See also {set complement}.


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