Definition of preset in English:


Syllabification: pre·set
Pronunciation: /prēˈset

verb (presets, presetting; past and past participle preset)

[with object] (usually as adjective preset)
  • Set or adjust (a value that controls the operation of a device) in advance of its use: the water is heated quickly to a preset temperature
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    • It may be better to keep the device's user interface simple by excluding a volume control and presetting the sound level.
    • A $20 programmable device lets you preset your heating and cooling systems when you're not home for as much as a 10 percent energy savings.
    • All functions or values must be preset prior to this point.


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  • A control on electronic equipment or on software that is set or adjusted beforehand to facilitate use.
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    • The player also has a built-in FM radio function with 10 presets and twelve hours' playtime.
    • The earliest systems allowed the driver to control climate and radio presets by voice.
    • It might be nice in the future to see the ability to assign keyboard shortcuts to these presets somehow.

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