Definition of setback in English:


Line breaks: set|back
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛtbak


  • 2 Architecture A plain, flat offset in a wall.
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    • We do not need windows in walls facing small setbacks to gain light and ventilation.
    • The article described the fashionable exterior skin and angling setbacks.
    • Leave the lip in place because it seems that even a three-course wall looks nicer with the setback.
  • 3North American The distance by which a building or part of a building is set back from the property line: [as modifier]: they had to get permission to overlap the city’s setback lines
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    • Remember to provide for a 10-foot setback from property lines and buildings.
    • They should also be knowledgeable about local building codes, including property setbacks and variances.
    • Except for the required setbacks, the building is the same size and shape as the site.

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