Definitions for setbackˈsɛtˌbæk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

set•backˈsɛtˌbæk(n.)

  1. a check to progress; a reverse or defeat.

  2. a recession of the upper part of a building from the building line.

    Category: Building Trades, Architecture

  3. an act or instance of setting back.

Origin of setback:

1665–75

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reverse, reversal, setback, blow, black eye(noun)

    an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. setback(noun)ˈsɛtˌbæk

    a problem that causes delays

    After several setbacks, the building finally began.

Wiktionary

  1. setback(Noun)

    An obstacle, delay, or disadvantage.

    After some initial setbacks, the expedition went safely on its way.

  2. setback(Noun)

    (possibly archaic) A backset; a countercurrent; an eddy.

    After some initial setbacks, the expedition went safely on its way.

  3. setback(Noun)

    The required distance between a structure and a road.

  4. setback(Noun)

    A backset; a check; a repulse; a relapse.

  5. setback(Noun)

    A step-like recession in a wall.

    Setbacks were initially used for structural reasons, but now are often mandated by land use codes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Setback(noun)

    offset, n., 4

  2. Setback(noun)

    a backset; a countercurrent; an eddy

  3. Setback(noun)

    a backset; a check; a repulse; a reverse; a relapse

Freebase

  1. Setback

    A setback, sometimes called step-back, is a step-like recession in a wall. Setbacks were initially used for structural reasons, but now are often mandated by land use codes.


Translations for setback

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

setback(noun)

a delay in progress.

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