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Definition: To set about
(s[e^]t), v. i.
1. To pass below the horizon; to go down; to decline; to sink
out of sight; to come to an end.
Ere the weary sun set in the west. --Shak.
Thus this century sets with little mirth, and the
next is likely to arise with more mourning.
2. To fit music to words. [Obs.] --Shak.
3. To place plants or shoots in the ground; to plant. “To
sow dry, and set wet.”
4. To be fixed for growth; to strike root; to begin to
germinate or form; as, cuttings set well; the fruit has
set well (i. e., not blasted in the blossom).
5. To become fixed or rigid; to be fastened.
A gathering and serring of the spirits together to
resist, maketh the teeth to set hard one against
6. To congeal; to concrete; to solidify; -- of cements,
glues, gels, concrete, substances polymerizing into
[1913 Webster +PJC]
That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set.
7. To have a certain direction in motion; to flow; to move
on; to tend; as, the current sets to the north; the tide
sets to the windward.
8. To begin to move; to go out or forth; to start; -- now
followed by out.
The king is set from London. --Shak.
9. To indicate the position of game; -- said of a dog; as,
the dog sets well; also, to hunt game by the aid of a
10. To apply one's self; to undertake earnestly; -- now
followed by out.
If he sets industriously and sincerely to perform
the commands of Christ, he can have no ground of
doubting but it shall prove successful to him.
11. To fit or suit one; to sit; as, the coat sets well.
Note: [Colloquially used, but improperly, for sit.]
Note: The use of the verb set for sit in such expressions as,
the hen is setting on thirteen eggs; a setting hen,
etc., although colloquially common, and sometimes
tolerated in serious writing, is not to be approved.
To set about
, to commence; to begin.
To set forward
, to move or march; to begin to march; to
To set forth
, to begin a journey.
To set in
(a) To begin; to enter upon a particular state; as,
winter set in early.
(b) To settle one's self; to become established. “When
the weather was set in to be very bad.”
(c) To flow toward the shore; -- said of the tide.
To set off
(a) To enter upon a journey; to start.
(b) (Typog.) To deface or soil the next sheet; -- said of
the ink on a freshly printed sheet, when another
sheet comes in contact with it before it has had time
To set on
or To set upon
(a) To begin, as a journey or enterprise; to set about.
He that would seriously set upon the search of
(b) To assault; to make an attack. --Bacon.
Cassio hath here been set on in the dark.
To set out
, to begin a journey or course; as, to set out
for London, or from London; to set out in business;to set
out in life or the world.
To set to
, to apply one's self to.
To set up
(a) To begin business or a scheme of life; as, to set up
in trade; to set up for one's self.
(b) To profess openly; to make pretensions.
Those men who set up for mortality without
regard to religion, are generally but virtuous
in part. --Swift.
1. On all sides; around.
'Tis time to look about. --Shak.
2. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the
outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across.
3. Here and there; around; in one place and another.
Wandering about from house to house. --1 Tim. v.
4. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in
quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as
high; -- also of quantity, number, time. “There fell . .
. about three thousand men.”
--Exod. xxii. 28.
5. To a reserved position; half round; in the opposite
direction; on the opposite tack; as, to face about; to
turn one's self about.
To bring about
, to cause to take place; to accomplish.
To come about
, to occur; to take place. See under Come
To go about
, To set about
, to undertake; to arrange; to
prepare. “Shall we set about some revels?”
, in every direction around.