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preset

[ verb, adjective pree-set; noun pree-set ]
/ verb, adjective priˈsɛt; noun ˈpriˌsɛt /
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verb (used with object), pre·set, pre·set·ting.

adjective

set in advance: a preset radio adjusted to receive certain stations.
(of the guidance system of a missile or the course of flight it determines) set before launching to reach a specific destination without any alteration in response to signals from the ground.

noun

a knob or button that activates a preset appliance: Just push the preset and coffee will be ready when you get up.
a similar device on a radio that can be activated to tune in a preselected station.

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Origin of preset

First recorded in 1930–35; pre- + set

OTHER WORDS FROM preset

pre·set·ta·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for preset

preset
/ (prɪˈsɛt) /

verb -sets, -setting or -set (tr)

to set (a timing device) so that something begins to operate at the time specified

noun

electronics a control, such as a variable resistor, that is not as accessible as the main controls and is used to set initial conditions
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