Definitions for Settingˈsɛt ɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

set•ting*ˈsɛt ɪŋ(n.)

  1. the act of a person or thing that sets.

  2. the point or position of something, as a thermostat, that has been set.

  3. the surroundings or environment of anything.

  4. the mounting in which a jewel is set.

  5. a group of all the articles, as of china or silver, required for setting a table or a single place at a table.

  6. the locale or period in which the action of a novel, play, film, etc., takes place.

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  7. the scenery or locations, along with properties and other decorative elements, used in a theatrical or film production.

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  8. a piece of music composed for certain words.

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* Syn: See environment.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. setting, scene(noun)

    the context and environment in which something is set

    "the perfect setting for a ghost story"

  2. setting, background, scope(noun)

    the state of the environment in which a situation exists

    "you can't do that in a university setting"

  3. mise en scene, stage setting, setting(noun)

    arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted

  4. context, circumstance, setting(noun)

    the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event

    "the historical context"

  5. setting(noun)

    the physical position of something

    "he changed the setting on the thermostat"

  6. place setting, setting(noun)

    a table service for one person

    "a place setting of sterling flatware"

  7. mount, setting(noun)

    a mounting consisting of a piece of metal (as in a ring or other jewelry) that holds a gem in place

    "the diamond was in a plain gold mount"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. setting(noun)ˈsɛt ɪŋ

    the place sth happens or exists; = surroundings

    a house in a rural setting; The operation must be done in a hospital setting.

  2. settingˈsɛt ɪŋ

    the place and time when a story, movie, play, etc. happens

    The setting of the video game is a crime-filled modern city.

  3. settingˈsɛt ɪŋ

    a position on the controls of a machine or device

    I turned the iron up to the hottest setting.


  1. setting(Noun)

    The time, place and circumstance in which something (such as a story or picture) is set; context; scenario.

  2. setting(Noun)

    A piece of metal in which a precious stone or gem is fixed to form a piece of jewelry.

  3. setting(Noun)

    A standard level or placement that a knob or control is placed at, for example, the volume setting on a television.

  4. setting(Adjective)

    that disappears below the horizon

Webster Dictionary

  1. Setting

    of Set

  2. Setting(noun)

    the act of one who, or that which, sets; as, the setting of type, or of gems; the setting of the sun; the setting (hardening) of moist plaster of Paris; the setting (set) of a current

  3. Setting(noun)

    the act of marking the position of game, as a setter does; also, hunting with a setter

  4. Setting(noun)

    something set in, or inserted

  5. Setting(noun)

    that in which something, as a gem, is set; as, the gold setting of a jeweled pin


  1. Setting

    In works of narrative, the literary element setting includes the historical moment in time and geographic location in which a story takes place, and helps initiate the main backdrop and mood for a story. Setting has been referred to as story world or milieu to include a context beyond the immediate surroundings of the story. Elements of setting may include culture, historical period, geography, and hour. Along with the plot, character, theme, and style, setting is considered one of the fundamental components of fiction.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Setting' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2351

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Setting' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2403

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Setting' in Nouns Frequency: #1107

Anagrams of Setting

  1. testing

Translations for Setting

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a background

This castle is the perfect setting for a murder.

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