Definition of setting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsediNG/


1The place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place: cozy waterfront cottage in a peaceful country setting
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  • With a wonderful setting situated at the front of the glass dome, it affords unbroken views of the River Irvine, the church spires of the town and the hills beyond.
  • All of the museums offer stylish settings for events and can cater for up to 1500 guests.
  • Downpatrick Library is an appropriate setting for the event.
surroundings, position, situation, environment, background, backdrop, milieu, environs, habitat;
spot, place, location, locale, site, scene;
area, region, district
1.1The place and time at which a play, novel, or film is represented as happening: short stories with a contemporary setting
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  • New York has probably been the setting for more novels and memoirs than any city in the world.
  • The clinic that provided the setting for the novel is perched on top of a hill.
  • Two other Innes novels with partial Oxford settings are Stop Press and Operation Pax.
1.2A piece of metal in which a precious stone or gem is fixed to form a piece of jewelry.
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  • Yellow gold is the setting that most people choose for their wedding ring.
  • These were either fixed into metal settings or drilled along the prism axis and strung as beads.
  • We're so used to seeing turquoise in a setting for a ring or as a pendant that we don't often consider it for the interior design of our homes.
mount, fixture, surround
1.3A piece of vocal or choral music composed for particular words: a setting of Yevtushenko’s bleak poem
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  • It has attracted numerous polyphonic settings, by such composers as Victoria, Palestrina, and Mozart.
  • The new piece is a musical setting - without words - of McKellar's poem, Sangsters, in three verses.
  • The evening will feature choral settings of Palestinian poems, traditional Palestinian dance and Israeli music fused with jazz.
1.4 short for place setting.
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  • There is a fresh competitive edge in the camp; even the dinner-table settings are regularly mixed up so that the old and the new sit together.
2A speed, height, or temperature at which a machine or device can be adjusted to operate: if you find the room getting too hot, check the thermostat setting
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  • Each of the AquaGate's Fan Speed settings also shows a direct result on its cooling ability.
  • He stated that the cart had speed control settings that permitted Nelson to operate the cart at a pace too fast for the path terrain.
  • The faulty temperature settings over the winter seem to be a direct result of that.

Words that rhyme with setting

letting, wetting
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