• To put (something) down, to rest.
  • To attach or affix (something) to something else, or in or upon a certain place.
  • To put in a specified condition or state; to cause to be.
  • To start (a fire).
  • To cause to stop or stick; to obstruct; to fasten to a spot.
  • To determine or settle.
  • To adjust.
  • To punch (a nail) into wood so that its head is below the surface.
  • To arrange with dishes and cutlery, to set the table.
  • To introduce or describe.
  • To locate (a play, etc.); to assign a backdrop to, geographically or temporally.
  • To compile, to make (a puzzle or challenge).
  • To prepare (a stage or film set).
  • To fit (someone) up in a situation.
  • To arrange (type).
  • To devise and assign (work) to.
  • To direct (the ball) to a teammate for an attack.
  • To solidify.
  • To render stiff or solid; especially, to convert into curd; to curdle.
  • Of a heavenly body, to disappear below the horizon of a planet, etc, as the latter rotates.
  • To defeat a contract.
  • To begin to move; to go forth.
  • To produce after pollination.
  • To be fixed for growth; to strike root; to begin to germinate or form.
  • To sit .
  • To hunt game with the aid of a setter.
  • Of a dog, to indicate the position of game.
  • To apply oneself; to undertake earnestly.
  • To fit music to words.
  • To place plants or shoots in the ground; to plant.
  • To become fixed or rigid; to be fastened.
  • To have a certain direction of motion; to flow; to move on; to tend.
  • To acknowledge a dancing partner by facing him or her and moving first to one side and then to the other, while she or he does the opposite.
  • To place or fix in a setting.
  • To put in order in a particular manner; to prepare.
  • To extend and bring into position; to spread.
  • To give a pitch to, as a tune; to start by fixing the keynote.
  • To reduce from a dislocated or fractured state.
  • To lower into place and fix solidly, as the blocks of cut stone in a structure.
  • To wager in gambling; to risk.
  • To adorn with something infixed or affixed; to stud; to variegate with objects placed here and there.
  • To value; to rate; used with at.
  • To establish as a rule; to furnish; to prescribe; to assign.
  • To suit; to become.
  • To divide a class group in a subject according to ability


  • A punch for setting nails in wood.
  • A device for receiving broadcast radio waves (or, more recently, broadcast data); a radio or television.
  • Alternative of sett: a hole made and lived in by a badger.
  • Alternative of sett: pattern of threads and yarns.
  • Alternative of sett: piece of quarried stone.
  • A small tuber or bulb used instead of seed, particularly onion sets and potato sets.
  • The amount the teeth of a saw protrude to the side in order to create the kerf.
  • That which is staked; a wager; hence, a gambling game.
  • Permanent change of shape caused by excessive strain, as from compression, tension, bending, twisting, etc.
  • A bias of mind; an attitude or pattern of behaviour.
  • A piece placed temporarily upon the head of a pile when the latter cannot otherwise be reached by the weight, or hammer.
  • The width of the body of a type.
  • A young oyster when first attached.
  • Collectively, the crop of young oysters in any locality.
  • A series or group of something. (Note the similar meaning in Etymology 4, Noun)
  • The manner, state, or quality of setting or fitting; fit.
  • The pattern of a tartan, etc.
  • The camber of a curved roofing tile.
  • The full number of eggs set under a hen.
  • A young plant fit for setting out; a slip; shoot.
  • A rudimentary fruit.
  • The setting of the sun or other luminary; the close of the day.
  • General movement; direction; drift; tendency.
  • A matching collection of similar things. (Note the similar meaning in Etymology 1, Noun.)
  • A collection of various objects for a particular purpose.
  • An object made up of several parts.
  • 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.
  • Set theory.
  • A group of people, usually meeting socially.
  • The scenery for a film or play.
  • the general locations and area where a movie’s, a film‘S, or a video’s scenery is arranged to be filmed also including places for actors, assorted crew, director, producers which are typically not filmed.
  • The initial or basic formation of dancers.
  • A group of repetitions of a single exercise performed one after the other without rest.
  • A complete series of games, forming part of a match.
  • A complete series of points, forming part of a match.
  • The act of directing the ball to a teammate for an attack.
  • A musical performance by a band, disc jockey, etc., consisting of several musical pieces.
  • A drum kit, a drum set.
  • A class group in a subject where pupils are divided by ability.
  • Three of a kind, especially if two cards are in one's hand and the third is on the board. Compare trips.



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  • From Middle English setten, from Old English settan, from Proto-West Germanic *sattjan, from Proto-Germanic *satjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sodéyeti, causative of *sed-.
  • From Middle English set, sette, from Old English set, from Proto-West Germanic *set, from Proto-Germanic *setą.
  • From Middle English sett, from Old English ġesett, past participle of settan.
  • From Middle English set, sete, sette, from Old English set ("setting, seat, a place where people remain, habitation, camp, entrenchment, a place where animals are kept, stall, fold") and Old English seten ("a set, shoot, slip, branch; a nursery, plantation; that which is planted or set; a cultivated place; planting, cultivation; a setting, putting; a stopping; occupied land"), related to Old English settan ("to set"). Compare Middle Low German gesette ("a set, suite"), Old English gesetl ("assembly"). According to Skeat, in senses denoting a group of things or persons, representing an alteration of sept, from Old French sette ("a religious sect"), from Medieval Latin secta ("retinue"), from Latin secta ("a faction"). See sect. It is quite possible that the modern word is more of a merger between both, however.

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