the act of a person or thing that sets.
the surroundings or environment of anything: The garden was a perfect setting for the house.
the mounting in which a jewel is set.
a group of all the articles, as of china, silver, or glass, required for setting a table or a single place at a table.
the locale or period in which the action of a novel, play, film, etc., takes place: The setting of this story is Verona in the 15th century.
Also called stage setting, stage set. the scenery and other properties used in a dramatic performance.
a piece of music composed for certain words.
a piece of music composed for a particular medium, or arranged for other than the original medium.
- non·set·ting, adjective
- un·set·ting, adjective
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How to use setting in a sentence
The study will test the drug against a placebo in an outpatient setting.New treatments aim to treat COVID-19 early, before it gets serious | Tina Hesman Saey | August 24, 2020 | Science News
Serving the city since 1933, The Hawk offers retro cocktails in a comfortable setting.Cleveland – The Rock and Roll Capital of the World | LGBTQ-Editor | August 21, 2020 | No Straight News
Officials offer no information on how the “business settings” were arranged.
The governor last week issued a new advisory to hospitals and labs, asking them to prioritize testing turnaround for individuals who are most at risk of spreading the virus to others, including those in nursing homes and congregate living settings.Which Cities Have The Biggest Racial Gaps In COVID-19 Testing Access? | Soo Rin Kim | July 22, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
On Twitter specifically, account holders can review the number of active “sessions” and opt to log out other users and devices within their account settings.Twitter hack jolts companies into a social media security check | Lara O'Reilly | July 17, 2020 | Digiday
Some refugees wait for days on the ships before setting sail.
By setting no goals, the player must find their own purpose.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art | Alec Kubas-Meyer | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
They are made in a social setting, surrounded by lots of other people with various ways to resist bad decisions.
So why did the God of the Hebrew people choose such a scandalous setting for becoming human?
Although a home setting, La Domaine operates under the same regulations as other professional BDSM establishments.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau | Ian Frisch | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now this setting up of an orderly law-abiding self seems to me to imply that there are impulses which make for order.Children's Ways | James Sully
This judicial bent of the child is a curious one and often develops a priggish fondness for setting others morally straight.Children's Ways | James Sully
In order not to weary your Majesty, I shall not dwell longer upon this, or spend time setting forth our losses.
setting aside timidity, we find that well-informed persons are sometimes good listeners, but no talkers.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The Frenchman's blade scintillated in the setting sun around Haggard's more stiffly held weapon.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for setting
the surroundings in which something is set; scene
the scenery, properties, or background, used to create the location for a stage play, film, etc
music a composition consisting of a certain text and music provided or arranged for it
the metal mounting and surround of a gem: diamonds in an antique gold setting
the tableware, cutlery, etc, for a single place at table
any of a series of points on a scale or dial that can be selected to control the level as of temperature, speed, etc, at which a machine functions
a clutch of eggs in a bird's nest, esp a clutch of hen's eggs
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