setup

[set-uhp]

noun


Origin of setup

First recorded in 1600–10; noun use of verb phrase set up

Usage note

See login.

set-up

[set-uhp]

noun

Surveying.
  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.
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Examples from the Web for setup

Contemporary Examples of setup

Historical Examples of setup

  • The setup was inspected twice daily by the commander or his executive.

    The Armed Forces Officer

    U. S. Department of Defense

  • A hasty, last-moment inspection was carried out, every man checking certain details of the setup.

  • No matter how foolproof you think your setup is, if you start smuggling you're bound to get caught.

    Smugglers' Reef

    John Blaine

  • Instead of pulling a ship to ground, in the setup he'd made, the new fields pulled the ground toward the ship.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster

  • Their setup for killing, imprisonment, bribery and blackmail functions too well.

    Circle of Flight

    Richard Stockham



Word Origin and History for setup

set-up

n.

"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).

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