"sets" in the noun sense
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"
mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols
"the set of prime numbers is infinite"
3. set, exercise set
several exercises intended to be done in series
"he did four sets of the incline bench press"
4. stage set, set
representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production
"the sets were meticulously authentic"
5. set, circle, band, lot
an unofficial association of people or groups
"the smart set goes there"
"they were an angry lot"
6. bent, set
a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
"the set of his mind was obvious"
the act of putting something in position
"he gave a final set to his hat"
a unit of play in tennis or squash
"they played two sets of tennis after dinner"
9. hardening, solidifying, solidification, set, curing
the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization
"the hardening of concrete"
"he tested the set of the glue"
10. Set, Seth
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
"before the set of sun"
12. set, readiness
psychology) being temporarily ready 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"
any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals
"the early sets ran on storage batteries"
"sets" in the verb sense
1. put, set, place, pose, position, lay
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"
2. determine, set
fix conclusively or authoritatively
"set the rules"
3. specify, set, determine, define, fix, limit
decide upon or fix definitely
"fix the variables"
"specify the parameters"
4. set, mark
establish as the highest level or best performance
"set a record"
put into a certain state cause to be in a certain state
"set the house afire"
fix in a border
"The goldsmith set the diamond"
7. fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set
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"
set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly
"set clocks or instruments"
9. set, localize, localise, place
"The film is set in Africa"
10. set, go down, go under
disappear beyond the horizon
"the sun sets early these days"
11. arrange, set
adapt for performance in a different way
"set this poem to music"
12. plant, set
put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
"Let's plant flowers in the garden"
apply or start
"set fire to a building"
14. jell, set, congeal
"the liquid jelled after we added the enzyme"
15. typeset, set
set in type
"My book will be typeset nicely"
"set these words in italics"
put into a position that will restore a normal state
"set a broken bone"
17. set, countersink
insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)
give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
19. sic, set
urge to attack someone
"The owner sicked his dogs on the intruders"
"the shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits"
20. place, put, set
"We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M."
21. rig, set, set up
equip with sails or masts
"rig a ship"
22. set up, lay out, set
get ready for a particular purpose or event
"set up an experiment"
"set the table"
"lay out the tools for the surgery"
23. adjust, set, correct
alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
"Adjust the clock, please"
"correct the alignment of the front wheels"
24. fructify, set
"the apple trees fructify"
25. dress, arrange, set, do, coif, coiffe, coiffure
"dress my hair for the wedding"
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