1. station(def 14a).
  2. a surveying instrument precisely positioned for observations from a station.
  3. a gap between the end of a chain or tape being used for a measurement and the point toward which it is laid. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for set-up

Contemporary Examples of set-up

Historical Examples of set-up

  • "You do seem to have quite a set-up here," I said, off-hand.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • "I can't understand why you ever included me in this set-up to begin with," he said.

  • I don't know anything about the set-up except what you've told me.

    Monsoons of Death

    Gerald Vance

  • Wasted in Set-up; anyone could punch cards, with a little practice.

    The Romantic Analogue

    W.W. Skupeldyckle

  • This victim compensation—I could claim it, even though the deal was a set-up?

    Star Hunter

    Andre Alice Norton

Word Origin and History for set-up

"arrangement," 1890, from verbal phrase set up, attested from c.1200 as "to make ready for use" and from 1950 (in pugilism) as "to bring (someone) to a vulnerable position;" from set (v.) + up (adv.). The verbal phrase also can mean "to establish" (early 15c.) and "put drinks before customers" (1880).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper