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Pronunciation:  set, set

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  1. [n]  several exercises intended to be done in series; "he did four sets of the incline bench press"
  2. [n]  the act of putting something in position; "he gave a final set to his hat"
  3. [n]  any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals; "the early sets ran on storage batteries"
  4. [n]  representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production; "the sets were meticulously authentic"
  5. [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"
  6. [n]  a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; "the set of his mind was obvious"
  7. [n]  the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon; "before the set of sun"
  8. [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"
  9. [n]  (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols; "the set of prime numbers is infinite"
  10. [n]  an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
  11. [n]  evil beast-headed god with high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris
  12. [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"
  13. [n]  a unit of play in tennis or squash; "they played two sets of tennis after dinner"
  14. [adj]  converted to solid form (as concrete)
  15. [adj]  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"
  16. [adj]  set down according to a plan:"a carefully laid table with places set for four people"; "stones laid in a pattern"
  17. [adj]  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"
  18. [adj]  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"
  19. [v]  arrange attractively; "dress my hair for the wedding"
  20. [v]  bear fruit, of plants
  21. [v]  alter so as to achieve accuracy; regulate; "Adjust the clock, please"
  22. [v]  set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly; "set clocks or instruments"; "regulate the thermostat"
  23. [v]  put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state; "set the house afire"
  24. [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"
  25. [v]  get ready for a particular purpose or event; "set up an experiment"; "set the table"; "lay out the tools for the surgery"
  26. [v]  equip with sails, masts, etc.; of ships
  27. [v]  become gelatinous; "the liquid jelled after we added the enzyme"
  28. [v]  estimate; "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M."
  29. [v]  fix conclusively or authoritatively; "set the rules"
  30. [v]  decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"
  31. [v]  establish as the highest level or best performance; "set a record"
  32. [v]  urge a dog to attack someone
  33. [v]  give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
  34. [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"
  35. [v]  insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)
  36. [v]  put or set (seeds or seedlings) into the ground; "Let's plant flowers in the garden"
  37. [v]  fix in a border, as of precious stones
  38. [v]  put into a position that will restore a normal state; "set a broken bone"
  39. [v]  apply or start; "set fire to a building"
  40. [v]  adapt for performance in a different way; "set this poem to music"
  41. [v]  locate; "The film is set in Africa"
  42. [v]  disappear beyond the horizon; of celestial bodies such as the sun and the moon

SET is a 3 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: adjust, arrange, arrange, arranged, band, bent, circle, coif, coiffe, coiffure, congeal, countersink, determine, determine, determined, dictated, do, dress, exercise set, fix, fixed, fructify, gear up, go down, go under, hard, hardened, hardening, jell, laid, lay, limit, localise, localize, located, lot, mark, nonmoving, ordered, place, place, place, placed, pose, position, prepare, put, put, readiness, ready, rig, rigid, Seth, settled, sic, situated, solidification, solidifying, specify, stage set, unmoving
 Antonyms: ascend, come up, rise, uprise
 See Also: abstraction, accumulation, action, activate, activity, actuate, advance, afforest, aggregation, align, allow, alter, apply, appose, appropriate, approximate, arrange, array, assail, assault, assemblage, assemble, assess, assign, attack, attune, barrel, bed, bob, bottle, brace, brace, bracket, bring down, bucket, bury, butt, calibrate, camp, cancel, car pool, change, charge, checkrow, chess set, choir, choose, citify, clap, clique, cock, coffin, cognitive state, cohort, collection, come down, communicate, communication equipment, communication system, company, compose, confederacy, conjugation, consort, conspiracy, coordinate, core, core group, correct, coterie, cram, cram, crop, cultivate, date, debark, decompress, defer, define, dentition, deposit, depressurise, depressurize, descend, descent, diagonal, dibble, discharge, disembark, displace, disposition, docket, domain, drop, earmark, Egyptian deity, electronic equipment, emplacement, ensconce, ensnare, entrap, equip, erect, establish, estimate, exercise, exercising, fall, field, filiate, fine-tune, fit, fit out, fix, fix, focalise, focalize, focus, forest, format, Four Hundred, frame, gaol, gauge, glycerolise, glycerolize, graduate, groom, ground, group, guess, harmonise, harmonize, hold over, hone, horsey set, horsy set, identify, imbricate, immure, imprison, incarcerate, incite, inclination, ingroup, initialise, initialize, initiate, inner circle, instal, install, instigate, intersection, intersperse, interval, jail, jar, jet set, join, judge, jug, justify, juxtapose, keynote, knock back, ladle, lag, land, lay down, lay out, lay out, lay over, lean, linearise, linearize, load, locating, location, locus, lose, make, Mandelbrot set, manicure set, marshal, match, mathematical group, mathematical space, middle, mise en scene, mislay, misplace, modulate, mount, move, multiply, name, natural action, natural process, neaten, nucleus, null set, octet, octette, offset, ordinate, originate, outfit, pack, pair, parallelize, park, party, pass, pass on, perch, period of play, physical exercise, physical exertion, pick out, piece, pigeonhole, pile, pillow, pitch, pitch, place down, place upright, placement, plant, play, playing period, plumb, poise, poise, posit, position, positioning, post, postpone, postpose, prearrange, precondition, prepose, present, pressurise, pressurize, price, prime, procreate, product, proportion, prorogue, puddle, put, put across, put away, put back, put behind bars, put down, put forward, put in, put off, put on, put over, put together, put up, quadruplet, quantify, quartet, quartette, quintet, quintette, rack up, raise, range, readjust, rear, receiver, receiving system, recess, reconcile, rectify, regulate, remand, remit, replace, replant, repose, reposition, represent, representation, reproduce, reserve, reset, reset, rest, rig, right, root, root, scene, scenery, score, seat, seed, select, sender, septet, septette, sestet, set, set, set ahead, set apart, set aside, set back, set decoration, set down, set off, set on, set out, set up, set up, setting, settle, settle down, sextet, sextette, sharpen, shelve, sign, singleton, sink, siphon, sit, sit down, situate, social group, socialise, socialize, solidify, solution, sough, sow, space, spark, spark off, specify, stage, stage setting, stand, stand up, start, state of mind, stick, stir up, stratify, subset, suite, sum, summerise, summerize, superimpose, superpose, sync, synchronise, synchronize, table, tabularise, tabularize, tabulate, tack, tack together, take, tax, tee, tee up, teeth, temper, tendency, threescore, throw, time, topological space, touch off, transmitter, transpose, trench, triad, trigger, trigger off, trim, trio, trip, triplet, tune, tune up, underlay, union, unload, upend, value, volume, wave, winterise, winterize, work, workout, write, zero, zero in



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Set\, n.
    1. (Textiles) 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}.
    2. A stone, commonly of granite, shaped like a short brick
       and usually somewhat larger than one, used for street
       paving. Commonly written {sett}.
    3. Camber of a curved roofing tile.
    4. The manner, state, or quality of setting or fitting; fit;
       as, the set of a coat. [Colloq.]
  2. \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. sit. [root]154. See {Sit}, and cf. {Seize}.]
    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 high. --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:
       (a) To cause to stop or stick; to obstruct; to fasten 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.
       (b) 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.
                 Make my heart as a millstone, set my face as a
                 flint.                            --Tennyson.
       (c) To fix in the ground, as a post or a tree; to plant;
           as, to set pear trees in an orchard.
       (d) 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.
       (e) 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:
       (a) 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.
       (b) To extend and bring into position; to spread; as, to
           set the sails of a ship.
       (c) To give a pitch to, as a tune; to start by fixing the
           keynote; as, to set a psalm. --Fielding.
       (d) To reduce from a dislocated or fractured state; to
           replace; as, to set a broken bone.
       (e) To make to agree with some standard; as, to set a
           watch or a clock.
       (f) (Masonry) To lower into place and fix solidly, 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.
    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.
    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
    13. To suit; to become; as, it sets him ill. [Scot.]
    14. (Print.) To compose; to arrange in words, lines, etc.;
        as, to set type; to set a page.
    {To set abroach}. See {Abroach}. [Obs.] --Shak.
    {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}.
        (a) 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.
        (b) To set apart; to reserve; as, to set aside part of
            one's income.
        (c) (Law) See under {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.'' --Prov. i. 25.
    {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}.
        (a) To cause to enter on work or action, or to direct how
            tu enter on work.
        (b) To apply one's self; -- used reflexively.
    {To set before}.
        (a) To bring out to view before; to exhibit.
        (b) To propose for choice to; to offer to.
    {To set by}.
        (a) To set apart or on one side; to reject.
        (b) To attach the value of (anything) to. ``I set not a
            straw by thy dreamings.'' --Chaucer.
    {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}, v. t. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    {To set down}.
        (a) To enter in writing; to register.
                  Some rules were to be set down for the
                  government of the army.          --Clarendon.
        (b) 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.
        (c) 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
    {To set flying} (Naut.), to hook to halyards, sheets, etc.,
       instead of extending with rings or the like on a stay; --
       said of a sail.
    {To set forth}.
        (a) To manifest; to offer or present to view; to exhibt;
            to display.
        (b) To publish; to promulgate; to make appear. --Waller.
        (c) To send out; to prepare and send. [Obs.]
                  The Venetian admiral had a fleet of sixty
                  galleys, set forth by the Venetians. --Knolles.
    {To set forward}.
        (a) To cause to advance.
        (b) 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.'' --1 Cor. xi.
    {To set milk}.
        (a) To expose it in open dishes in order that the cream
            may rise to the surface.
        (b) To cause it to become curdled as by the action of
            rennet. See 4
        (e) .
    {To set} {much, or little}, {by}, to care much, or little,
    {To set of}, to value; to set by. [Obs.] ``I set not an haw
       of his proverbs.'' --Chaucer.
    {To set off}.
        (a) To separate from a whole; to assign to a particular
            purpose; to portion off; as, to set off a portion of
            an estate.
        (b) To adorn; to decorate; to embellish.
                  They . . . set off the worst faces with the
                  best airs.                       --Addison.
        (c) 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}.
        (a) To incite; to instigate. ``Thou, traitor, hast set on
            thy wife to this.'' --Shak.
        (b) To employ, as in a task. `` Set on thy wife to
            observe.'' --Shak.
        (c) To fix upon; to attach strongly to; as, to set one's
            heart or affections on some object. See definition 2,
    {To set one's cap for}. See under {Cap}, n.
    {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}.
        (a) 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.
        (b) To publish, as a proclamation. [Obs.]
        (c) To adorn; to embellish.
                  An ugly woman, in rich habit set out with
                  jewels, nothing can become.      --Dryden.
        (d) To raise, equip, and send forth; to furnish. [R.]
                  The Venetians pretend they could set out, in
                  case of great necessity, thirty men-of-war.
        (e) To show; to display; to recommend; to set off.
                  I could set out that best side of Luther.
        (f) To show; to prove. [R.] ``Those very reasons set out
            how heinous his sin was.'' --Atterbury.
        (g) (Law) To recite; to state at large.
    {To set over}.
        (a) To appoint or constitute as supervisor, inspector,
            ruler, or commander.
        (b) To assign; to transfer; to convey.
    {To set right}, to correct; to put in order.
    {To set sail}. (Naut.) See under {Sail}, n.
    {To set store by}, to consider valuable.
    {To set the fashion}, to determine what shall be the fashion;
       to establish the mode.
    {To set the teeth on edge}, to affect the teeth with a
       disagreeable sensation, as when acids are brought in
       contact with them.
    {To set the watch} (Naut.), to place the starboard or port
       watch on duty.
    {To set to}, to attach to; to affix to. ``He . . . hath set
       to his seal that God is true.'' --John iii. 33.
    {To set up}. (a) To erect; to raise; to elevate; as, to set
       up a building, or a machine; to set up a post, a wall, a
        (b) Hence, to exalt; to put in power. ``I will . . . set
            up the throne of David over Israel.'' --2 Sam. iii.
        (c) To begin, as a new institution; to institute; to
            establish; to found; as, to set up a manufactory; to
            set up a school.
        (d) To enable to commence a new business; as, to set up a
            son in trade.
        (e) To place in view; as, to set up a mark.
        (f) To raise; to utter loudly; as, to set up the voice.
                  I'll set up such a note as she shall hear.
        (g) To advance; to propose as truth or for reception; as,
            to set up a new opinion or doctrine. --T. Burnet.
        (h) To raise from depression, or to a sufficient fortune;
            as, this good fortune quite set him up.
        (i) To intoxicate. [Slang]
        (j) (Print.) 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} (Naut.), to make it taut by means of
       tackles. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
    Syn: See {Put}.
  3. \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.
             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.
    2. To fit music to words. [Obs.] --Shak.
    3. To place plants or shoots in the ground; to plant. ``To
       sow dry, and set wet.'' --Old Proverb.
    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.
    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
    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.
    11. To fit or suit one; to sit; as, the coat sets well.
    Note: [Colloquially used, but improperly, for sit.]
    Note: 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
    {To set forth}, to begin a journey.
    {To set in}.
        (a) To begin; to enter upon a particular state; as,
            winter set in early.
        (b) To settle one's self; to become established. ``When
            the weather was set in to be very bad.'' --Addison.
        (c) To flow toward the shore; -- said of the tide.
    {To set off}.
        (a) To enter upon a journey; to start.
        (b) (Typog.) To deface or soil the next sheet; -- said of
            the ink on a freshly printed sheet, when another
            sheet comes in contact with it before it has had time
            to dry.
    {To set on} or {upon}.
        (a) To begin, as a journey or enterprise; to set about.
                  He that would seriously set upon the search of
                  truth.                           --Locke.
        (b) To assault; to make an attack. --Bacon.
                  Cassio hath here been set on in the dark.
    {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}.
        (a) To begin business or a scheme of life; as, to set up
            in trade; to set up for one's self.
        (b) To profess openly; to make pretensions.
                  Those men who set up for mortality without
                  regard to religion, are generally but virtuous
                  in part.                         --Swift.
  4. \Set\, a.
    1. Fixed in position; immovable; rigid; as, a set line; a set
    2. Firm; unchanging; obstinate; as, set opinions or
    3. Regular; uniform; formal; as, a set discourse; a set
       battle. ``The set phrase of peace.'' --Shak.
    4. Established; prescribed; as, set forms of prayer.
    5. Adjusted; arranged; formed; adapted.
    {Set hammer}.
       (a) A hammer the head of which is not tightly fastened
           upon the handle, but may be reversed. --Knight.
       (b) 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
    {Set nut}, a jam nut or lock nut. See under {Nut}.
    {Set screw} (Mach.), a screw, sometimes cupped or printed at
       one end, and screwed through one part, as of a machine,
       tightly upon another part, to prevent the one from
       slipping upon the other.
    {Set speech}, a speech carefully prepared before it is
       delivered in public; a formal or methodical speech.
  5. \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.
             The weary sun hath made a golden set. --Shak.
    2. That which is set, placed, or fixed. Specifically:
       (a) A young plant for growth; as, a set of white thorn.
       (b) That which is staked; a wager; a venture; a stake;
           hence, a game at venture. [Obs. or R.]
                 We will in France, by God's grace, play a set
                 Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard.
                 That was but civil war, an equal set. --Dryden.
       (c) (Mech.) Permanent change of figure in consequence of
           excessive strain, as from compression, tension,
           bending, twisting, etc.; as, the set of a spring.
       (d) A kind of punch used for bending, indenting, or giving
           shape to, metal; as, a saw set.
       (e) (Pile Driving) A piece placed temporarily upon the
           head of a pile when the latter cannot be reached by
           the weight, or hammer, except by means of such an
           intervening piece. [Often incorrectly written {sett}.]
       (f) (Carp.) A short steel spike used for driving the head
           of a nail below the surface.
    3. [Perhaps due to confusion with sect, sept.] A number of
       things of the same kind, ordinarily used or classed
       together; a collection of articles which naturally
       complement each other, and usually go together; an
       assortment; a suit; as, a set of chairs, of china, of
       surgical or mathematical instruments, of books, etc. [In
       this sense, sometimes incorrectly written {sett}.]
    4. A number of persons associated by custom, office, common
       opinion, quality, or the like; a division; a group; a
       clique. ``Others of our set.'' --Tennyson.
             This falls into different divisions, or sets, of
             nations connected under particular religions. --R.
                                                   P. Ward.
    5. Direction or course; as, the set of the wind, or of a
    6. In dancing, the number of persons necessary to execute a
       quadrille; also, the series of figures or movements
    7. The deflection of a tooth, or of the teeth, of a saw,
       which causes the the saw to cut a kerf, or make an
       opening, wider than the blade.
       (a) A young oyster when first attached.
       (b) Collectively, the crop of young oysters in any
    9. (Tennis) A series of as many games as may be necessary to
       enable one side to win six. If at the end of the tenth
       game the score is a tie, the set is usually called a deuce
       set, and decided by an application of the rules for
       playing off deuce in a game. See {Deuce}.
    10. (Type Founding) That dimension of the body of a type
        called by printers the width.
    {Dead set}.
        (a) The act of a setter dog when it discovers the game,
            and remains intently fixed in pointing it out.
        (b) A fixed or stationary condition arising from obstacle
            or hindrance; a deadlock; as, to be at a dead set.
        (c) A concerted scheme to defraud by gaming; a determined
    {To make a dead set}, to make a determined onset, literally
       or figuratively.
    Syn: Collection; series; group. See {Pair}.
Computing Dictionary
  1. 1. secure electronic transaction.

    2. single electron tunneling.

    3. standard d'echange et de transfert.

  2. A collection of objects, known as the elements of the set, specified in such a way that we can tell in principle whether or not a given object belongs to it. E.g. the set of all prime numbers, the set of zeros of the cosine function.

    For each set there is a predicate (or property) which is true for (posessed by) exectly those objects which are elements of the set. The predicate may be defined by the set or vice versa. Order and repetition of elements within the set are irrelevant so, for example, 1, 2, 3 = 3, 2, 1 = 1, 3, 1, 2, 2.

    Some common set of numbers are given the following names:

    N = the natural numbers 0, 1, 2, ...

    Z = the integers ..., -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, ...

    Q = the rational numbers p/q where p, q are in Z and q /= 0.

    R = the real numbers

    C = the complex numbers.

    The empty set is the set with no elements. The intersection of two sets X and Y is the set containing all the elements x such that x is in X and x is in Y. The union of two sets is the set containing all the elements x such that x is in X or x is in Y.

    See also set complement.