Definition of Set
1. Noun. A group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used. "A set of teeth"
Member holonyms: Volume
Generic synonyms: Accumulation, Aggregation, Assemblage, Collection
2. Verb. Put into a certain place or abstract location. "They set the bags on the table"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
Specialized synonyms: Enclose, Inclose, Insert, Introduce, Put In, Stick In, Docket, Cock, Postpose, Prepose, Step, Put Back, Replace, Stratify, Plant, Intersperse, Nestle, Snuggle, Pile, Arrange, Set Up, Lay Over, Superimpose, Superpose, Superpose, Park, Ensconce, Settle, Dispose, Emplace, Emplace, Ship, Underlay, Trench, Pigeonhole, Shelve, Jar, Repose, Sign, Middle, Parallelize, Butt, Recess, Reposition, Throw, Thrust, Tee, Tee Up, Rack Up, Coffin, Bed, Appose, Place Down, Put Down, Set Down, Seed, Sow, Misplace, Juxtapose, Set Down, Bottle, Bucket, Barrel, Ground, Pillow, Rest, Lose, Mislay, Misplace, Upend, Seat, Sit, Sit Down, Seat, Lay, Put Down, Repose, Place Upright, Stand, Stand Up, Recline, Plant, Instal, Install, Put In, Set Up, Deposit, Fix, Posit, Situate, Ladle, Poise, Lean, Clap, Rest, Perch, Load, Cram, Siphon, Seat, Position, Glycerolise, Glycerolize, Space, Marshal, Settle, Settle Down, Throw, Imbricate
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Also: Lay Out, Put Across, Put Away, Put Back, Put Back, Put Down, Put Down, Put Off, Put On, Put Over, Put Together, Put Up, Set Back, Set Down, Set Down, Set Out, Set Up, Set Up, Set Up, Set Up, Set Up
Derivative terms: Place, Place, Place, Placement, Position, Positioner, Setting
3. Adjective. (usually followed by 'to' or 'for') on the point of or strongly disposed. "We are set to go at any time"
4. Noun. (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols. "The set of prime numbers is infinite"
Category relationships: Math, Mathematics, Maths
Specialized synonyms: Interval, Group, Mathematical Group, Domain, Domain Of A Function, Image, Range, Range Of A Function, Universal Set, Locus, Subset, Null Set, Mandelbrot Set, Mathematical Space, Topological Space, Field, Root, Solution, Diagonal, Intersection
5. Verb. Fix conclusively or authoritatively. "Set the rules"
Specialized synonyms: Identify, Place, Date, Value, Filiate, Format, Charge, Initialise, Initialize, Assess, Tax, Price
Derivative terms: Determination, Determination
6. Adjective. Fixed and unmoving. "A face rigid with pain"
Similar to: Nonmoving, Unmoving
Derivative terms: Fixedness, Fixity, Rigidness
7. Noun. Several exercises intended to be done in series. "He did four sets of the incline bench press"
Generic synonyms: Exercise, Exercising, Physical Exercise, Physical Exertion, Workout
8. Verb. Decide upon or fix definitely. "Specify the parameters"
Specialized synonyms: Quantify, Name, Reset, Define
Generic synonyms: Choose, Pick Out, Select, Take
Derivative terms: Determinant, Determiner, Determiner, Limit, Limit
9. Adjective. Situated in a particular spot or position. "Nicely situated on a quiet riverbank"
10. Noun. Representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production. "The sets were meticulously authentic"
Group relationships: Mise En Scene, Setting, Stage Setting
Generic synonyms: Representation
Specialized synonyms: Scene, Scenery
Terms within: Set Decoration
11. Verb. Establish as the highest level or best performance. "Set a record"
12. Adjective. Set down according to a plan:. "Stones laid in a pattern"
13. Noun. An unofficial association of people or groups. "They were an angry lot"
Generic synonyms: Social Group
Specialized synonyms: Car Pool, Camp, Clique, Coterie, Ingroup, Inner Circle, Pack, Cohort, Confederacy, Conspiracy, Four Hundred, Horsey Set, Horsy Set, Jet Set, Company, Party
14. Verb. Put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state. "Set the house afire"
Specialized synonyms: Pitch, Keynote
Also: Set Apart, Set Aside, Set Off, Set Off, Set Off, Set Up
15. Adjective. Being below the horizon. "The moon is set"
16. Noun. A relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way. "The set of his mind was obvious"
17. Verb. Fix in a border. "The goldsmith set the diamond"
18. Adjective. Determined or decided upon as by an authority. "The time set for the launching"
19. Noun. The act of putting something in position. "He gave a final set to his hat"
20. Verb. Make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc. "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Socialise, Socialize, Provide, Cram, Precondition, Fix, Mount, Lay Out, Set Up, Winterise, Winterize, Summerise, Summerize, Prime, Crop, Cultivate, Work, Brace, Poise
Derivative terms: Preparation, Preparation, Preparative, Preparatory, Ready, Readying
21. Adjective. Converted to solid form (as concrete).
22. Noun. A unit of play in tennis or squash. "They played two sets of tennis after dinner"
23. Verb. Set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly. "Set clocks or instruments"
Specialized synonyms: Reset, Advance, Set Ahead
Also: Set Ahead
Derivative terms: Setting
24. Noun. The process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization. "He tested the set of the glue"
Specialized synonyms: Congealment, Congelation
Generic synonyms: Action, Activity, Natural Action, Natural Process
Group relationships: Plastination
Derivative terms: Cure, Harden, Solidify, Solidify, Solidify, Solidify
25. Verb. Locate. "The film is set in Africa"
Generic synonyms: Present, Represent, Stage
Derivative terms: Locale, Localization, Place, Placement
26. Noun. Evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris.
27. Verb. Disappear beyond the horizon. "The moon will soon set "; "The sun sets early these days"
Category relationships: Astronomy, Uranology
Generic synonyms: Come Down, Descend, Fall, Go Down
28. Noun. The descent of a heavenly body below the horizon. "Before the set of sun"
29. Verb. Adapt for performance in a different way. "Did he set his major works over a short period of time?"; "Set this poem to music"
Category relationships: Music
Specialized synonyms: Prearrange, Put, Transpose, Table, Tabularise, Tabularize, Tabulate
Generic synonyms: Compose, Write
Derivative terms: Arranger
30. Noun. (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way. "His instructions deliberately gave them the wrong set"
Generic synonyms: Cognitive State, State Of Mind
Category relationships: Psychological Science, Psychology
31. Verb. Put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground. "They set rye in the field"; "Let's plant flowers in the garden"
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put
Specialized synonyms: Root, Puddle, Checkrow, Bed, Dibble, Afforest, Forest, Replant, Tree
Derivative terms: Plant, Planter, Planting
32. Noun. Any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals. "The early sets ran on storage batteries"
Generic synonyms: Electronic Equipment
Specialized synonyms: Receiver, Receiving System, Sender, Transmitter
33. Verb. Apply or start. "Set fire to a building"
34. Verb. Become gelatinous. "The liquid jelled after we added the enzyme"
35. Verb. Set in type. "Set these words in italics"
36. Verb. Put into a position that will restore a normal state. "Did he set his foot? "; "Set a broken bone"
37. Verb. Insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink).
38. Verb. Give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor.
39. Verb. Urge to attack someone. "The shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits"
40. Verb. Estimate. "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M."
41. Verb. Equip with sails or masts. "Rig a ship"
Generic synonyms: Equip, Fit, Fit Out, Outfit
Derivative terms: Rig, Rigger, Rigging, Rigging
42. Verb. Get ready for a particular purpose or event. "Lay out the tools for the surgery"
Generic synonyms: Fix, Gear Up, Prepare, Ready, Set Up
Derivative terms: Setting
43. Verb. Alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard. "Correct the alignment of the front wheels"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Proportion, Modulate, Temper, Tune, Tune Up, Calibrate, Fine-tune, Graduate, Tune, Tune Up, Time, Trim, Zero, Zero In, Zero, Readjust, Reset, Attune, Time, Modulate, Regulate, Focalise, Focalize, Focus, Sharpen, Sync, Synchronise, Synchronize, Pressurise, Pressurize, Decompress, Depressurise, Depressurize, Fit, Match, Plumb, Align, Coordinate, Ordinate, Harmonise, Harmonize, Reconcile, Linearise, Linearize, Justify, Citify
Derivative terms: Adjustable, Adjuster, Adjustive, Adjustment, Corrective
44. Verb. Bear fruit. "The apple trees fructify"
Generic synonyms: Multiply, Procreate, Reproduce
Derivative terms: Fructification, Fruit
45. Verb. Arrange attractively. "They set their hair "; "Dress my hair for the wedding"
Specialized synonyms: Bob, Wave
Generic synonyms: Groom, Neaten
Related verbs: Curry, Dress, Groom
Derivative terms: Arrangement, Coiffure, Coiffure
Definition of Set
1. v. t. 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.
2. v. i. To pass below the horizon; to go down; to decline; to sink out of sight; to come to an end.
3. a. Fixed in position; immovable; rigid; as, a set line; a set countenance.
4. n. The act of setting, as of the sun or other heavenly body; descent; hence, the close; termination.
5. n. 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.
Definition of Set
1. Proper noun. An ancient Egyptian god, variously described as the god of chaos, the god of thunder and storms, or the god of destruction. ¹
2. Verb. (transitive) To put (something) down, to rest. ¹
3. Verb. (transitive) To determine or settle. ¹
4. Verb. (transitive) To adjust. ¹
5. Verb. (transitive) To punch (a nail) into wood so that its head is below the surface. ¹
6. Verb. (transitive) To arrange with dishes and cutlery. ¹
7. Verb. (transitive) To introduce or describe. ¹
8. Verb. (transitive) To locate, to backdrop (a play, etc). ¹
9. Verb. (transitive) To compile, to make (a crossword). ¹
10. Verb. (transitive) To prepare (a stage or film set). ¹
11. Verb. (transitive) To fit (someone) up in a situation. ¹
12. Verb. (transitive) To arrange (type). ¹
13. Verb. (transitive) To devise and assign (work) to. ¹
14. Verb. (transitive archaic) to sit. ¹
15. Verb. (transitive volleyball) To direct (the ball) to a teammate for an attack. ¹
16. Verb. (intransitive) To solidify. ¹
17. Verb. (intransitive) Of a heavenly body, to disappear below the horizon of a planet, etc, as it rotates. ¹
18. Verb. (transitive bridge) To defeat a contract. ¹
19. Verb. (obsolete now followed by "out", as in set out) To begin to move; to go forth. ¹
20. Verb. (intransitive of fruit) To be fixed for growth; to strike root; to begin to germinate or form. ¹
21. Verb. (intransitive) South/Midwest: To be in a seated position. ¹
22. Noun. A punch for setting nails in wood. ¹
23. Noun. A device for receiving broadcast radio waves; a radio or television. ¹
24. Noun. A sett; a hole made and lived in by a badger. ¹
25. Noun. (horticulture) A small tuber or bulb used instead of seed, particularly onion sets and potato sets. ¹
26. Noun. The amount the teeth of a saw protrude to the side in order to create the kerf. ¹
27. Adjective. Fixed in position. ¹
28. Adjective. Rigid, solidified. ¹
29. Adjective. Ready, prepared. ¹
30. Adjective. Intent, determined (to do something). ¹
31. Adjective. Prearranged. ¹
32. Adjective. Fixed in one’s opinion. ¹
33. Adjective. (context: of hair) Fixed in a certain style. ¹
34. Noun. A young plant fit for setting out; a slip; shoot. ¹
35. Noun. A rudimentary fruit. ¹
36. Noun. The setting of the sun or other luminary; (context: by extension) the close of the day. ¹
37. Noun. (context: literal and figurative) General movement; direction; drift; tendency. ¹
38. Noun. A matching collection of similar things. ¹
39. Noun. A collection of various objects for a particular purpose. ¹
40. Noun. An object made up several parts ¹
41. Noun. (set theory) A collection of zero or more objects, possibly infinite in size, and disregarding any order or repetition of the objects which may be contained within it. ¹
42. Noun. (context: in plural, “sets” mathematics) (informal) Set theory. ¹
43. Noun. A group of people, usually meeting socially. ¹
44. Noun. The scenery for a film or play. ¹
45. Noun. (dance) The initial or basic formation of dancers. ¹
46. Noun. (exercise) A group of repetitions of a single exercise performed one after the other without rest. ¹
47. Noun. (tennis) A complete series of games, forming part of a match. ¹
48. Noun. (volleyball) A complete series of points, forming part of a match. ¹
49. Noun. (volleyball) The act of directing the ball to a teammate for an attack. ¹
50. Noun. (music) A musical performance by a band, disc jockey, etc., consisting of several musical pieces. ¹
51. Noun. (music) A drum kit, a drum set. ¹
52. Noun. (UK education) A class group in a subject where pupils are divided by ability. ¹
53. Noun. (poker slang) Three of a kind in poker. In community card games, the term is usually reserved for a situation in which a pair in a player's hand is matched by a single card on the board. Compare with ''trips''. Weisenberg, Michael (2000) ''[ The Official Dictionary of Poker].'' MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523 ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Set
1. to put in a particular position [v SET, SETTING, SETS]
Medical Definition of Set
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 hihg." (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:
To cause to stop or stick; to obstruct; to fsten 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)
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." (Macaulay) "Make my heart as a millstone, set my face as a flint." (Tennyson)
To fix in the ground, as a post or a tree; to plant; as, to set pear trees in an orchard.
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)
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:
To put in order in a particular manner; to prepare; as, to set (that is, to hone) a razor; to set a saw. "Tables for to sette, and beddes make." (Chaucer)
To extend and bring into position; to spread; as, to set the sails of a ship.
To give a pitch to, as a tune; to start by fixing the keynote; as, to set a psalm.
To reduce from a dislocated or fractured state; to replace; as, to set a broken bone.
To make to agree with some standard; as, to set a watch or a clock.
To lower into place and fix silidly, as the blocks of cut stone in a structure.
6. To stake at play; to wager; to risk. "I have set my life upon a cast, And I will stand the hazard of the die." (Shak)
7. To fit with music; to adapt, as words to notes; to prepare for singing. "Set thy own songs, and sing them to thy lute." (Dryden)
8. To determine; to appoint; to assign; to fix; as, to set a time for a meeting; to set a price on a horse.
9. To adorn with something infixed or affixed; to stud; to variegate with objects placed here and there. "High on their heads, with jewels richly set, Each lady wore a radiant coronet." (Dryden) "Pastoral dales thin set with modern farms." (Wordsworth)
10. To value; to rate; with at. "Be you contented, wearing now the garland, To have a son set your decrees at naught." (Shak) "I do not set my life at a pin's fee." (Shak)
11. To point out the seat or position of, as birds, or other game; said of hunting dogs.
12. To establish as a rule; to furnish; to prescribe; to assign; as, to set an example; to set lessons to be learned.
13. To suit; to become; as, it sets him ill.
14. To compose; to arrange in words, lines, etc.; as, to set type; to set a page. To set abroach. See Abroach.
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. To leave out of account; to pass by; to omit; to neglect; to reject; to annul. "Setting aside all other considerations, I will endeavor to know the truth, and yield to that." (Tillotson) To set apart; to reserve; as, to set aside part of one's income.
See 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." . To set a trap, snare, or 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 power. To set at work, or To set to work. To cause to enter on work or action, or to direct how tu enter on work. To apply one's self; used reflexively. To set before. To bring out to view before; to exhibit. To propose for choice to; to offer to. To set by. To set apart or on one side; to reject. To attach the value of (anything) to. "I set not a straw by thy dreamings." . 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, . To set down. To enter in writing; to register. "Some rules were to be set down for the government of the army." (Clarendon) To fix; to establish; to ordain. "This law we may name eternal, being that order which God . . . Hath set down with himself, for himself to do all things by." (Hooker) 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 irritate. To set flying, to hook to halyards, sheets, etc, instead of extending with rings or the like on a stay; said of a sail. To set forth. To manifest; to offer or present to view; to exhibt; to display. To publish; to promulgate; to make appear. To send out; to prepare and send. "The Venetian admiral had a fleet of sixty galleys, set forth by the Venetians." (Knolles) To set forward. To cause to advance. 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. "If you please to assist and set me in, I will recollect myself." (Collier) To set in order, to adjust or arrange; to reduce to method. "The rest will I set in order when I come." . To set milk. To expose it in open dishes in order that the cream may rise to the surface. To cause it to become curdled as by the action of rennet. See 4 . To set much, or little, by, to care much, or little, for. To set of, to value; to set by. "I set not an haw of his proverbs." . To set off. To separate from a whole; to assign to a particular purpose; to portion off; as, to set off a portion of an estate. To adorn; to decorate; to embellish. "They . . . Set off the worst faces with the best airs." (Addison) 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 upon. To incite; to instigate. "Thou, traitor, hast set on thy wife to this." To employ, as in a task. " Set on thy wife to observe." To fix upon; to attach strongly to; as, to set one's heart or affections on some object. See definition 2, above. To set one's cap for. See Cap, 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. 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. To publish, as a proclamation. To adorn; to embellish. "An ugly woman, in rich habit set out with jewels, nothing can become." (Dryden) To raise, equip, and send forth; to furnish. "The Venetians pretend they could set out, in case of great necessity, thirty men-of-war." (Addison) To show; to display; to recommend; to set off. "I could set out that best side of Luther." (Atterbury) To show; to prove. "Those very reasons set out how heinous his sin was." .
To erect; to raise; to elevate; as, to set up a building, or a machine; to set up a post, a wall, a pillar. Hence, to exalt; to put in power. "I will . . . Set up the throne of David over Israel." . To begin, as a new institution; to institute; to establish; to found; as, to set up a manufactory; to set up a school. To enable to commence a new business; as, to set up a son in trade. To place in view; as, to set up a mark. To raise; to utter loudly; as, to set up the voice. "I'll set up such a note as she shall hear." (Dryden) To advance; to propose as truth or for reception; as, to set up a new opinion or doctrine. To raise from depression, or to a sufficient fortune; as, this good fortune quite set him up. To intoxicate.
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, to make it taut by means of tackles.
Synonym: See Put.
Origin: OE. Setten, AS. Setton; akin to OS. Settian, OFries. Setta, D. Zetten, OHG. Sezzen, G. Setzen, Icel. Setja, Sw. Satta, Dan. Stte, Goth. Satjan; causative from the root of E. Sit. 154. See Sit, and cf. Seize.
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." (Fuller)
2. To fit music to words.
3. To place plants or shoots in the ground; to plant. "To sow dry, and set wet."
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." (Boyle)
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 setter.
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." (Hammond)
11. To fit or suit one; to sit; as, the coat sets well.
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 advance. To set forth, to begin a journey. To set in. To begin; to enter upon a particular state; as, winter set in early. To settle one's self; to become established. "When the weather was set in to be very bad." . To flow toward the shore; said of the tide. To set off. To enter upon a journey; to start. To deface or soil the next sheet; said of the ink on a freshly printed sheet, when another sheet comes in contract with it before it has had time to dry. To set on or upon. To begin, as a journey or enterprise; to set about. "He that would seriously set upon the search of truth." (Locke) To assault; to make an attack. "Cassio hath here been set on in the dark." (Shak) 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. To begin business or a scheme of life; as, to set up in trade; to set up for one's self. To profess openly; to make pretensions. "Those men who set up for mortality without regard to religion, are generally but virtuous in part." (Swift)
Origin: Colloquially used, but improperly, for sit.
1. Fixed in position; immovable; rigid; as, a set line; a set countenance.
2. Firm; unchanging; obstinate; as, set opinions or prejudices.
3. Regular; uniform; formal; as, a set discourse; a set battle. "The set phrase of peace."
4. Established; prescribed; as, set forms of prayer.
5. Adjusted; arranged; formed; adapted. Set hammer. A hammer the head of which is not tightly fastened upon the handle, but may be reversed. 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 fisherman. Set nut, a jam nut or lock nut. See Nut.