Hypertext Webster Gateway: "setting"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Set \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:

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Setting \Set"ting\, n.
1. The act of one who, or that which, sets; as, the setting
of type, or of gems; the setting of the sun; the setting
(hardening) of moist plaster of Paris; the setting (set)
of a current.

2. The act of marking the position of game, as a setter does;
also, hunting with a setter. --Boyle.

3. Something set in, or inserted.

Thou shalt set in it settings of stones. --Ex.
xxviii. 17.

4. That in which something, as a gem, is set; as, the gold
setting of a jeweled pin.

{Setting coat} (Arch.), the finishing or last coat of
plastering on walls or ceilings.

{Setting dog}, a setter. See {Setter}, n., 2.

{Setting pole}, a pole, often iron-pointed, used for pushing
boats along in shallow water.

{Setting rule}. (Print.) A composing rule.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : (of a heavenly body) disappearing below the horizon; "the
setting sun" [ant: {rising}]
n 1: the context and environment in which something is set: "the
perfect setting for a ghost story" [syn: {scene}]
2: the state of the environment in which a situation exists;
"you can't do that in a university setting" [syn: {background},
3: arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place
where a play or movie is enacted [syn: {mise en scene}, {stage
4: the physical position of something; "he changed the setting
on the thermostat"
5: a table service for one person; "a place setting of sterling
flatware" [syn: {place setting}]
6: mounting consisting of a piece of metal (as in a ring or
other jewelry) that holds a gem in place; "the diamond was
in a plain gold mount" [syn: {mount}]

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