Etymology
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setting (n.)

c. 1300, "a fixed time for meals;" late 14c., "fact or action of putting (something) in a place or position; a placing, a planting," also "a place, location, site; the manner or position in which anything is fixed," verbal noun from set (v.).

The surgical sense, with reference to broken bones, etc., is from early 15c. (Chauliac). In reference to the sinking of the sun, moon, or other heavenly bodies below the horizon, from c. 1400. Also in Middle English "act of creation; thing created" (c. 1400). In reference to mounts for jewels, etc. from 1815; the meaning "background, history, environment" is attested from 1841. By 1871 as "act, result, or process of fitting to music." The theatrical sense of "the mounting of a play or opera for the stage" is by 1841. The meaning "set of cutlery, crockery, or both for a single place at table is by 1952.

updated on June 26, 2022

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Definitions of setting from WordNet

setting (n.)
the context and environment in which something is set;
the perfect setting for a ghost story
Synonyms: scene
setting (n.)
the state of the environment in which a situation exists;
you can't do that in a university setting
Synonyms: background / scope
setting (n.)
arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted;
Synonyms: mise en scene / stage setting
setting (n.)
the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event;
Synonyms: context / circumstance
setting (n.)
the physical position of something;
he changed the setting on the thermostat
setting (n.)
a table service for one person;
a place setting of sterling flatware
Synonyms: place setting
setting (n.)
a mounting consisting of a piece of metal (as in a ring or other jewelry) that holds a gem in place;
Synonyms: mount
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