What is the meaning of Set?


  • A group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used.
    • usage: "a set of books"; "a set of golf clubs"; "a set of teeth"
  • Mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols. (
    • usage: "the set of prime numbers is infinite"
  • Several exercises intended to be done in series.
    • usage: "he did four sets of the incline bench press"
  • Representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production.
    • usage: "the sets were meticulously authentic"
  • An unofficial association of people or groups.
    • usage: "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
  • A relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way.
    • usage: "the set of his mind was obvious"
  • The act of putting something in position.
    • usage: "he gave a final set to his hat"
  • A unit of play in tennis or squash.
    • usage: "they played two sets of tennis after dinner"
  • The process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization.
    • usage: "the hardening of concrete"; "he tested the set of the glue"
  • Evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris.
  • The descent of a heavenly body below the horizon.
    • usage: "before the set of sun"
  • Psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way. (
    • usage: "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"
  • Any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals.
    • usage: "the early sets ran on storage batteries"


  • Put into a certain place or abstract location.
    • usage: "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
  • Fix conclusively or authoritatively.
    • usage: "set the rules"
  • Decide upon or fix definitely.
    • usage: "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"
  • Establish as the highest level or best performance.
    • usage: "set a record"
  • Put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state.
    • usage: "set the house afire"
  • Fix in a border.
    • usage: "The goldsmith set the diamond"
  • Make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc.
    • usage: "Get the children ready for school"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"
  • Set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly.
    • usage: "set clocks or instruments"
  • Locate.
    • usage: "The film is set in Africa"
  • Disappear beyond the horizon.
    • usage: "the sun sets early these days"
  • Adapt for performance in a different way.
    • usage: "set this poem to music"
  • Put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground.
    • usage: "Let's plant flowers in the garden"
  • Apply or start.
    • usage: "set fire to a building"
  • Become gelatinous.
    • usage: "the liquid jelled after we added the enzyme"
  • Set in type.
    • usage: "My book will be typeset nicely"; "set these words in italics"
  • Put into a position that will restore a normal state.
    • usage: "set a broken bone"
  • Insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink.
  • Give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor.
  • Urge to attack someone.
    • usage: "The owner sicked his dogs on the intruders"; "the shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits"
  • Estimate.
    • usage: "We put the time of arrival at 8 P. M."
  • Equip with sails or masts.
    • usage: "rig a ship"
  • Get ready for a particular purpose or event.
    • usage: "set up an experiment"; "set the table"; "lay out the tools for the surgery"
  • Alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard.
    • usage: "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels"
  • Bear fruit.
    • usage: "the apple trees fructify"
  • Arrange attractively.
    • usage: "dress my hair for the wedding"


  • Usually followed by `to' or `for'. ( on the point of or strongly disposed)
    • usage: "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"
  • Fixed and unmoving.
    • usage: "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"
  • Situated in a particular spot or position.
    • usage: "valuable centrally located urban land"; "strategically placed artillery"; "a house set on a hilltop"; "nicely situated on a quiet riverbank"
  • (adj.) ()
  • Being below the horizon.
    • usage: "the moon is set"
  • Determined or decided upon as by an authority.
    • usage: "date and place are already determined"; "the dictated terms of surrender"; "the time set for the launching"
  • Converted to solid form (as concrete. ).
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