Origin of setting

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at set, -ing1
Related formsnon·set·ting, adjectiveun·set·ting, adjective

Synonyms for setting

2. See environment. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unsetting

Historical Examples of unsetting

  • Sometimes it has burned so brightly, it has been my morning and evening star, my rising, but unsetting sun.

    Ernest Linwood

    Caroline Lee Hentz

British Dictionary definitions for unsetting



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 gemdiamonds 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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Word Origin and History for unsetting



late 14c., "fact or action of setting (something), putting, placing, planting," verbal noun from set (v.).

Meaning "place, location, site" is late 14c. Surgical sense, with reference to broken bones, etc., is from early 15c. In reference to heavenly bodies, from c.1400. Also in Middle English "act of creation; thing created" (c.1400). In reference to mounts for jewels, etc. from 1815; meaning "background, history, environment" is attested from 1841.

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