General English

  • noun a group of things which go together, which are used together or which are sold together
  • verb to put something somewhere, usually carefully
  • verb to make something happen

General Science

  • noun
    (written as SET)
    a set of standards created by a group of banks and Internet companies that allow users to buy goods over the Internet without risk from hackers.
  • verb to put something in a particular position



  • verb to adjust to a particular point or figure


  • noun a group of items which go together, which are used together, or which are sold together


  • noun a number of related data items
  • verb to make one variable equal to a value
  • verb to give a binary data bit the value of one
  • acronymS HTTP
    (written as SET)
  • acronymSSL
    (written as SET)
  • acronymSTT
    (written as SET)
  • acronym forsecure electronic transactions
    (written as SET)
  • acronym forSSL
    (written as SET)
  • noun a system developed to provide a secure link between a user’s browser and a vendor’s website to allow the user to pay for goods over the Internet.


  • The condition reached by a cement paste, mortar, or concrete when it has lost plasticity to an arbitrary degree usually measured in terms of resistance to penetration or deformation. initial set refers to first stiffening; final set refers to attainment of significant rigidity. See also permanent set.
  • The rehydration and consequential hardening of gypsum plaster.
  • The strain that remains in a member after the removal of the load that initially produced the deformation.
  • To transform a resin or adhesive from its initial liquid or plastic state to a hardened state by physical or chemical action, such as condensation, polymerization, oxidation, vulcanization, gelation, hydration, or the evaporation of volatile ingredients.
  • To drive a nail so far that its head is below the surface into which it has been driven.
  • To apply a finish coat of plaster.
  • The permanent distortion produced in a spring that has been stressed beyond the elastic limit of its constituent material.
  • The overhang given to the points of sawteeth resulting in a kerf slightly wider than the saw to facilitate sawing motion.


  • adjective having played oneself in so as to be confidently established at the crease and able to play the bowling without difficulty
    Citation ‘Here was a state of things to which Australian enthusiasts had long looked forward … Hill and Trumper in on a perfect wicket, both well set, and the bowlers tiring’ (Melbourne Argus 16 January 1904)
    Citation ‘Kanhai was dismissed on an unusually high number of occasions when he seemed set, often losing his wicket in the 70s and 80s’ (Manley 1988)
  • noun the target that must be reached by the side batting last in order to win a match
    Citation ‘The grand total of 288 left Oxford with a “set” of 331’ (Ranjitsinhji 1897)


  • To adjust for proper operation. Also, to adjust selecting any of multiple operational modes, positions, or the like. For example, to tune a radio receiver.
  • To adjust based on a given standard. Also, to adjust to a desired setting. For instance, to set a clock based on an atomic standard.
  • To place or put in a secure or stable position or location. Also, to place in a specific location. For example, to install a memory chip.
  • To place in a given position. Also, to place in a given manner. For instance, to set upright.
  • To place in a given state. For example, to set a storage cell to a one, or high, state.
  • To assign a specific value. For instance, to assign a one to a high state.
  • To put in an operational state. For example, to turn on.
  • To become hardened, solidified, or fixed. Also, to be so hardened or set. Said, for instance, of a thermoplastic.
  • Two or more objects or entities which form a group, are within the same category, or otherwise belong together. For example, a character set or a data set.
  • A device, piece of equipment, or system which sends and/or receives radio waves, especially a radio or TV receiver.
  • A component, device, piece of equipment, apparatus, or system which is used as a unit for a given purpose. For example, a telephone set, a radar set, or a pair of headphones.
  • For a celestial body, such as the sun or moon, to descend below the horizon.

Media Studies

  • noun an artificially-created location in which a play is performed for filming in or outside a studio, e.g. the inside of a room. This means that only the part of the room to be filmed needs to be created, with plenty of space in front for the cameras and crew.


  • verb to put the parts of a broken bone back into their proper places and keep the bone fixed until it has mended
  • verb to mend, to form a solid bone again


  • adjective relating to text that has been typeset
  • verb to typeset or put a text into printed characters


  • noun the fashionable word for gang in the 1990s argot of the Los Angeles rap and street-gang subcultures


  • noun a number of repetitions of an exercise
  • noun a part of a tennis match that is won when one player or couple wins a minimum of six games


  • The scenery, props, and lighting used to evoke the locationor mood of the drama. The word 'set' comes from set scene - a term formerly used to distinguish an arrangement of scenery,furniture, and props set in place for the duration of a scene froma flat scene, consisting of flats that could be slid on andoff stage. The box set, representing the three walls andceiling of a room, was introduced in the early 19th century.

    In the later 19th century the movement towards realismdemanded a new style of set design incorporating many details fromeveryday life. The director André Antoine (1858 - 1943)insisted on using real furniture and even had real beef hanging inhis set of a butcher's shop. Beerbohm Tree ordered real broomfor his production of Richard II at the Haymarket but pricklygorse was installed by mistake, causing the leading actor to leapup in agony after pronouncing the lines "For God's sake, letus sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings."Perhaps the grandest attempt to create a totally realistic set camefrom David Belasco, who had a real New York boarding-housebedroom ripped out and installed on stage for a play called TheEasiest Way. Many theorists have pointed out that since the audienceknows the set is not real, it is pointless to try to create the illusionof reality. Ellen Terry once described stage realism as "realgoats, real dogs, and real litter".

    Expressionist or experimental plays usually have abstractsets to represent themes or moods. see also scenery.


  • verb to put something in its place


  • acronym forStock Exchange of Thailand
    (written as SET)

Origin & History of “set”

English has two words set. The verb (OE) is simply the causative version of sit. that is to say, etymologically it means ‘cause to sit’. It comes from a prehistoric Germanic *satjan (source also of German setzen, Dutch zetten, Swedish sätta, and Danish sætte), which was a causative variant of *setjan, ancestor of English sit. Set ‘group’ (14th c.) is essentially the same word as sect. It comes via Old French sette from Latin secta, source of English sect. It originally meant strictly a ‘group of people’, and its far broader modern application, which emerged in the 16th century, is no doubt due to association with the verb set and the notion of ‘setting’ things together.