Definition of sett in English:


(also set)


  • 1The lair or burrow of a badger.

    • ‘Nature lovers today spoke out against plans to build a residential home for the elderly in Church Road, Hadleigh after it was revealed the move could destroy a badger sett.’
    • ‘A friend of mine, who is involved in retailing, recently suffered an unfortunate incident with a badger sett while out walking.’
    • ‘Scottish Natural Heritage and the Highland Council have joined forces with developers to commission a major survey of badgers and their setts.’
    • ‘The ‘graves’ were later found to be badger setts but Mrs Bryden said she and Huntley had discussed the possibility that the girls could be dead.’
    • ‘Swindon is blessed with many badger setts around the town but the rapid growth taking place has seen many of our badgers put at risk.’
    • ‘A Pembrokeshire county councillor faces up to six months in prison after being found guilty of deliberately destroying badger setts on land he was developing.’
    • ‘His mother gave birth to him and his brother in a garage in Cumbria because all the badger setts had been flooded.’
    • ‘But the report says experts from the council's countryside section have inspected the site and found no evidence of badger setts or habitats for deer.’
    • ‘Badgers inherit setts from their parents, generation after generation, while always expanding and refining them.’
    • ‘After a little fumbling around, Brock grinned widely and with a grunt pulled a very large, very angry badger out of his sett.’
    • ‘Some terriers' tails were cropped because it made it easier for them to get into badger setts, fox dens and the like.’
    • ‘Juxtaposed with this is the idea that the blatantly violent removal of the badger from the sett and the unceremonious act of the diggers disturbs and changes nature irreparably.’
    • ‘Badgers and their setts are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, which makes it illegal to kill, injure or take badgers, or interfere with a sett.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, animal welfare officers in West Lothian discovered a destroyed sett and two dead badgers, one of them a cub.’
    • ‘The families suffered a night of unbearable suspense before the disturbed earth was revealed as nothing more than two badger setts.’
    • ‘The agency's engineers are now installing a cat flap-style door at the entrance to the sett which allows the badgers out but not back in.’
    • ‘Many hunts take steps the night before, or early on the day of the hunt, to block up the entrances to earths, badger setts and artificial places such as drains.’
    • ‘We want to make sure the release sites have no slug pellets, dogs, badger sets or ponds which the hedgehogs could fall into.’
    • ‘However, the plans must change as the proposed route runs through a badger sett and it would be illegal to disturb them.’
    • ‘Lothian and Borders Police said the pair had also been charged with allegedly breaching badger protection laws after badger setts were found to have been tampered with.’
    burrow, lair, den, covert, earth, drey, retreat, shelter, cave
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  • 2The particular pattern of stripes in a tartan.

    kind, sort, variety, class, category, classification, group, set, bracket, genre, genus, species, family, order, breed, race, strain
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Middle English: variant of set, the spelling with -tt prevailing in technical senses.