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8 results for set
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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(s): 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(s): 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(s): located, placed, set, situated
  4. set down according to a plan:"a carefully laid table with places set for four people"; "stones laid in a pattern"
    Synonym(s): 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(s): determined, dictated, set
  7. converted to solid form (as concrete)
    Synonym(s): hardened, set
  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(s): 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(s): stage set, set
  5. an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
    Synonym(s): set, circle, band, lot
  6. a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; "the set of his mind was obvious"
    Synonym(s): 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(s): 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(s): 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(s): set, readiness
  13. any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals; "the early sets ran on storage batteries"
  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(s): put, set, place, pose, position, lay
  2. fix conclusively or authoritatively; "set the rules"
    Synonym(s): determine, set
  3. decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"
    Synonym(s): specify, set, determine, define, fix, limit
  4. establish as the highest level or best performance; "set a record"
    Synonym(s): 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(s): 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(s): set, localize, localise, place
  10. disappear beyond the horizon; "the sun sets early these days"
    Synonym(s): set, go down, go under
    Antonym(s): ascend, come up, rise, uprise
  11. adapt for performance in a different way; "set this poem to music"
    Synonym(s): arrange, set
  12. put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground; "Let's plant flowers in the garden"
    Synonym(s): plant, set
  13. apply or start; "set fire to a building"
  14. become gelatinous; "the liquid jelled after we added the enzyme"
    Synonym(s): jell, set, congeal
  15. set in type; "My book will be typeset nicely"; "set these words in italics"
    Synonym(s): 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(s): 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(s): sic, set
  20. estimate; "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M."
    Synonym(s): place, put, set
  21. equip with sails or masts; "rig a ship"
    Synonym(s): 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(s): 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(s): adjust, set, correct
  24. bear fruit; "the apple trees fructify"
    Synonym(s): fructify, set
  25. arrange attractively; "dress my hair for the wedding"
    Synonym(s): dress, arrange, set, do, coif, coiffe, coiffure
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Set \Set\ (s[ecr]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[84]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.
                     I do set my bow in the cloud.            --Gen. ix. 13.
      2. Hence, to attach or affix (something) to something else,
            or in or upon a certain place.
                     Set your affection on things above.   --Col. iii. 2.
                     The Lord set a mark upon Cain.            --Gen. iv. 15.
      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.
                     The Lord thy God will set thee on high. --Deut.
                                                                              xxviii. 1.
                     I am come to set a man at variance against his
                     father, and the daughter against her mother. --Matt.
                                                                              x. 35.
                     Every incident sets him thinking.      --Coleridge.
      4. To fix firmly; to make fast, permanent, or stable; to
            render motionless; to give an unchanging place, form, or
            condition to. Specifically:
            (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.
                           They show how hard they are set in this
                           particular.                                 --Addison.
            (b) To fix beforehand; to determine; hence, to make
                  unyielding or obstinate; to render stiff, unpliant, or
                  rigid; as, to set one's countenance.
                           His eyes were set by reason of his age. --1
                                                                              Kings xiv. 4.
                           On these three objects his heart was set.
                           Make my heart as a millstone, set my face as a
                           flint.                                          --Tennyson.
            (c) To fix in the ground, as a post or a tree; to plant;
                  as, to set pear trees in an orchard.
            (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.
                           And him too rich a jewel to be set In vulgar
                           metal for a vulgar use.               --Dryden.
            (e) To render stiff or solid; especially, to convert into
                  curd; to curdle; as, to set milk for cheese.
      5. To put into a desired position or condition; to adjust; to
            regulate; to adapt. Specifically:

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Set \Set\ (s[ecr]t), v. i.
      1. To pass below the horizon; to go down; to decline; to sink
            out of sight; to come to an end.
                     Ere the weary sun set in the west.      --Shak.
                     Thus this century sets with little mirth, and the
                     next is likely to arise with more mourning.
      2. To fit music to words. [Obs.] --Shak.
      3. To place plants or shoots in the ground; to plant. [bd]To
            sow dry, and set wet.[b8] --Old Proverb.
      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).
      5. To become fixed or rigid; to be fastened.
                     A gathering and serring of the spirits together to
                     resist, maketh the teeth to set hard one against
                     another.                                             --Bacon.
      6. To congeal; to concrete; to solidify.
                     That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set.
      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.
      8. To begin to move; to go out or forth; to start; -- now
            followed by out.
                     The king is set from London.               --Shak.
      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
      10. To apply one's self; to undertake earnestly; -- now
            followed by out.
                     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.
      11. To fit or suit one; to sit; as, the coat sets well.
      Note: [Colloquially used, but improperly, for sit.]
      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.
      {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. [bd]When
                  the weather was set in to be very bad.[b8] --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] {upon}.
            (a) To begin, as a journey or enterprise; to set about.
                           He that would seriously set upon the search of
                           truth.                                       --Locke.
            (b) To assault; to make an attack. --Bacon.
                           Cassio hath here been set on in the dark.
      {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.
                           Those men who set up for mortality without
                           regard to religion, are generally but virtuous
                           in part.                                    --Swift.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Set \Set\, n.
      1. The act of setting, as of the sun or other heavenly body;
            descent; hence, the close; termination. [bd]Locking at the
            set of day.[b8] --Tennyson.
                     The weary sun hath made a golden set. --Shak.
      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.]
                           We will in France, by God's grace, play a set
                           Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard.
                           That was but civil war, an equal set. --Dryden.
            (c) (Mech.) Permanent change of figure in consequence of
                  excessive strain, as from compression, tension,
                  bending, twisting, etc.; as, the set of a spring.
            (d) A kind of punch used for bending, indenting, or giving
                  shape to, metal; as, a saw set.
            (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}.]
            (f) (Carp.) A short steel spike used for driving the head
                  of a nail below the surface.
      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}.]
      4. A number of persons associated by custom, office, common
            opinion, quality, or the like; a division; a group; a
            clique. [bd]Others of our set.[b8] --Tennyson.
                     This falls into different divisions, or sets, of
                     nations connected under particular religions. --R.
                                                                              P. Ward.
      5. Direction or course; as, the set of the wind, or of a
      6. In dancing, the number of persons necessary to execute a
            quadrille; also, the series of figures or movements
      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.
            (a) A young oyster when first attached.
            (b) Collectively, the crop of young oysters in any
      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}.
      10. (Type Founding) That dimension of the body of a type
            called by printers the width.
      {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.
      Syn: Collection; series; group. See {Pair}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Set \Set\, a.
      1. Fixed in position; immovable; rigid; as, a set line; a set
      2. Firm; unchanging; obstinate; as, set opinions or
      3. Regular; uniform; formal; as, a set discourse; a set
            battle. [bd]The set phrase of peace.[b8] --Shak.
      4. Established; prescribed; as, set forms of prayer.
      5. Adjusted; arranged; formed; adapted.
      {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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Set \Set\, n.
      1. (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}.
      2. A stone, commonly of granite, shaped like a short brick
            and usually somewhat larger than one, used for street
            paving. Commonly written {sett}.
      3. Camber of a curved roofing tile.
      4. The manner, state, or quality of setting or fitting; fit;
            as, the set of a coat. [Colloq.]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      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 (posessed by) exectly 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 number}s 0, 1, 2, ...
      Z = the {integer}s ..., -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, ...
      Q = the {rational number}s p/q where p, q are in Z and q /= 0.
      R = the {real number}s
      C = the {complex number}s.
      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}.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      1. {Secure Electronic Transaction}.
      2. {Single Electron Tunneling}.
      3. {Standard d'Echange et de Transfert}.
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