- a person or thing that sets.
- one of any of several breeds of hunting dogs that originally had the habit of crouching when game was scented but that are now trained to stand stiffly and point the muzzle toward the scented game.Compare English setter, Gordon setter, Irish setter.
- Volleyball. a player who lofts the ball high for a teammate near the net to spike.
Origin of setter
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Examples from the Web for setter
Dogs are capering about, a collie, a setter, a Boston terrier.The Conquest of Fear
Dick and the setter managed the Indian trail for about twenty rods.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
But he's as straight as a string, and he'll mind like a setter dog.Shorty McCabe
Other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods.
Jim stopped inside the door, as immovable as a setter at the scent of quail.
C16: so called because they can be used to indicate where game is: see set 1
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Word Origin and History for setter
"one who sets (something)," c.1400, agent noun from set (v.). As a type of hunting-dog (originally a type of spaniel), 1570s, so called because the dog is "set" on game.
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