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  • 1 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[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root of E.… …

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  • 2 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. [1913 Webster] Ere the weary sun set in the west. Shak. [1913 Webster] Thus this century sets with little mirth, and the next is likely …

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  • 3 Set — has 464 separate definitions in the Oxford English Dictionary, the most of any English word; its full definition comprises 10,000 words making it the longest definition in the OED. Set may refer to:In mathematics and science:*Set (mathematics), a …

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  • 4 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. [1913 Webster] The weary sun hath made a golden set. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is set,… …

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  • 5 Set — (s[e^]t), a. 1. Fixed in position; immovable; rigid; as, a set line; a set countenance. [1913 Webster] 2. Firm; unchanging; obstinate; as, set opinions or prejudices. [1913 Webster] 3. Regular; uniform; formal; as, a set discourse; a set battle.… …

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  • 6 set in — {v.} To begin; start; develop. * /Before the boat could reach shore, a storm had set in./ * /He did not keep the cut clean and infection set in./ * /The wind set in from the east./ …

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  • 7 set to — {v.} 1. To make a serious beginning. * /Charlie took a helping of turkey, grabbed his knife and fork, and set to./ 2. To start to fight. * /One man called the other a liar and they set to./ …

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  • 8 set to — {v.} 1. To make a serious beginning. * /Charlie took a helping of turkey, grabbed his knife and fork, and set to./ 2. To start to fight. * /One man called the other a liar and they set to./ …

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  • 9 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} [WordNet 1.6] …

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  • 10 Set-to — n. A contest in boxing, in an argument, or the like. [Colloq.] Halliwell. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 11 set — I. verb (set; setting) Etymology: Middle English setten, from Old English settan; akin to Old High German sezzen to set, Old English sittan to sit Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to cause to sit ; place in or on a seat 2 …

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  • 12 set up — transitive verb Date: 13th century 1. a. to raise to and place in a high position b. to place in view ; post c. to put forward (as a plan) for acceptance 2. a. to place upright ; erect < set up a statue > …

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  • 13 set on — also[set upon] {v.} 1. To begin suddenly to fight against; attack fiercely. * /Tom was walking through the park when a gang of boys set on him./ 2. To cause to attack. * /Some boys went to steal melons but the farmer set his dog on them./ …

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  • 14 set-in — I. adjective Date: 1534 1. placed, located, or built as a part of some other construction < a set in bookcase > < a set in washbasin > 2. cut separately and stitched in < set in sleeves > II. noun Date …

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  • 15 set — See: GET SET …

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  • 16 Set — 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} [WordNet 1.6] …

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  • 17 set at — phrasal to mount an attack on ; assail < would go although…devils should set at me Charlotte Yonge > …

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  • 18 set by — transitive verb Date: circa 1601 to set apart for future use …

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  • 19 set in — verb Date: 15th century transitive verb insert; especially to stitch (a small part) within a large article < set in a sleeve of a dress > intransitive verb to become established …

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  • 20 set on — verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. attack 2. a. obsolete promote b. to urge (as a dog) to attack or pursue c. to incite to action ; instigate d. to set to work …

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