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Dictionary definition for: Set

1. (n) 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. (v) 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"

3. (v) fix conclusively or authoritatively; "set the rules"

4. (n) (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols; "the set of prime numbers is infinite"

5. (s) 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"

6. (n) several exercises intended to be done in series; "he did four sets of the incline bench press"

7. (s) 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"

8. (v) decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables" "specify the parameters"

9. (n) representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production; "the sets were meticulously authentic"

10. (s) set down according to a plan:"a carefully laid table with places set for four people" "stones laid in a pattern"

11. (v) establish as the highest level or best performance; "set a record"

12. (v) put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state; "set the house afire"

13. (n) an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there" "they were an angry lot"

14. (v) fix in a border; "The goldsmith set the diamond"

15. (n) a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; "the set of his mind was obvious"

16. (s) 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"

17. (s) converted to solid form (as concrete)

18. (n) the act of putting something in position; "he gave a final set to his hat"

19. (v) 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"

20. (v) set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly; "set clocks or instruments"

21. (n) a unit of play in tennis or squash; "they played two sets of tennis after dinner"

22. (n) the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization; "the hardening of concrete" "he tested the set of the glue"

23. (v) locate; "The film is set in Africa"

24. (n) evil beast-headed Egyptian god with high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris

25. (v) disappear beyond the horizon; "the sun sets early these days"

26. (n) the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon; "before the set of sun"

27. (v) adapt for performance in a different way; "set this poem to music"

28. (n) (psychology) a temporary readiness to respond in a particular way; "the subjects" set led them to solve problems the familiar way and to overlook the simpler solution" "his instructions deliberately gave them the wrong set"

29. (v) put or set (seeds or seedlings) into the ground; "Let''s plant flowers in the garden"

30. (n) any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals; "the early sets ran on storage batteries"

31. (v) apply or start; "set fire to a building"

32. (v) become gelatinous; "the liquid jelled after we added the enzyme"

33. (v) put into a position that will restore a normal state; "set a broken bone"

34. (v) insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)

35. (v) give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor

36. (v) urge a dog to attack someone

37. (v) estimate; "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M."

38. (v) equip with sails, masts, etc.; "rig a ship"

39. (v) get ready for a particular purpose or event; "set up an experiment" "set the table" "lay out the tools for the surgery"

40. (v) alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please" "correct the alignment of the front wheels"

41. (v) bear fruit; "the apple trees fructify"

42. (v) arrange attractively; "dress my hair for the wedding"

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