setting

A setting is where something is set, or placed. If you want to propose to your beloved, try to choose a romantic setting.

To set means to put in place, so a setting is a placement. If you are a jeweler, you will spend a lot of time making silver and gold settings for precious stones. Setting can also mean context. If you tell me that you spent the whole weekend cooing and clucking, before I decide that you’re crazy, you might explain to me that the setting of that clucking was the birth of all the little chicks on your friend’s farm.

Definitions of setting
  1. noun
    the physical position of something
    “he changed the setting on the thermostat”
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    type of:
    place, position
    the particular portion of space occupied by something
  2. noun
    the context and environment in which something is set
    “the perfect setting for a ghost story”
    synonyms: scene
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    types:
    scenario
    a setting for a work of art or literature
    type of:
    environment, environs, surround, surroundings
    the area in which something exists or lives
  3. noun
    the state of the environment in which a situation exists
    “you can't do that in a university setting
    synonyms: background, scope
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    canvas, canvass
    the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account
    show window, showcase
    a setting in which something can be displayed to best effect
    type of:
    environment
    the totality of surrounding conditions
  4. noun
    the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
    synonyms: circumstance, context
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    types:
    conditions
    the set of circumstances that affect someone's welfare
    conditions
    the prevailing context that influences the performance or the outcome of a process
    type of:
    environment
    the totality of surrounding conditions
  5. noun
    arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
    synonyms: mise en scene, stage setting
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    type of:
    stage
    a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience
  6. noun
    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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    types:
    pave
    a setting with precious stones so closely set that no metal shows
    type of:
    mounting
    framework used for support or display
  7. noun
    a table service for one person
    synonyms: place setting
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    type of:
    service, table service
    tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table
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