Definition of setting in US English:



  • 1The place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place.

    ‘cozy waterfront cottage in a peaceful country setting’
    • ‘It sits on a site of four acres in a wonderful setting.’
    • ‘The setting is wonderful, though the accommodation very simple.’
    • ‘This is a unique and charming home in a wonderful setting.’
    • ‘It shows how the same events and settings might have looked quite different when seen through different eyes.’
    • ‘A scenic bus ride will take attendees to this Texas hot spot, an ideal setting for a festive event.’
    • ‘Ten of the top young musicians from Sligo were given their first chance to perform in a live setting at a gala event at the weekend.’
    • ‘The strange setting made the entire event a sensory experience.’
    • ‘The outdoor swimming pool is in a truly beautiful setting with its bush surroundings.’
    • ‘All of the museums offer stylish settings for events and can cater for up to 1500 guests.’
    • ‘Set in a creative space, the gallery provides a unique setting for social events, in addition to its artist showings.’
    • ‘The stunning Image Garden, at Reagill, was the setting for a fund-raising event in aid of Kiev's street children.’
    • ‘The ground is in a charming setting, surrounded by hills, although this does result in shadows over the ground in the late afternoon or evening.’
    • ‘The scheme comprises 230 homes laid out in a series of courtyard settings and surrounded by green areas.’
    • ‘Party at the Palace, the rock and pop concert, will take place two days later on Jubilee Bank Holiday Monday 3 June in the same setting as the classical event.’
    • ‘Once the location for two cottages which had large gardens, the site will be the setting for several houses with a green area at the side.’
    • ‘Downpatrick Library is an appropriate setting for the event.’
    • ‘With a wonderful setting situated at the front of the glass dome, it affords unbroken views of the River Irvine, the church spires of the town and the hills beyond.’
    • ‘The grounds of Markree Castle is the setting for the event, which will celebrate all kinds of country sports and pursuits.’
    • ‘‘At Balmoral we have a wonderful setting for an exclusive dinner and dance,’ the website states.’
    • ‘The whole setting is wonderful, with the track swooping and plunging its way through magnificent pine forests.’
    surroundings, position, situation, environment, background, backdrop, milieu, environs
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    1. 1.1 The place and time at which a play, novel, or film is represented as happening.
      ‘short stories with a contemporary setting’
      • ‘The clinic that provided the setting for the novel is perched on top of a hill.’
      • ‘His books are based in contemporary settings but he's able to suffuse them with the big questions that haunt us.’
      • ‘Africa is also the setting for a new novel by thriller writer John le Carré.’
      • ‘The historical setting of the novel is so lovingly detailed that the atmosphere of the Roaring Twenties really comes to life.’
      • ‘Two other Innes novels with partial Oxford settings are Stop Press and Operation Pax.’
      • ‘The Scottish setting of his best novels helped to found the ‘Kailyard school’ of fiction.’
      • ‘New York has probably been the setting for more novels and memoirs than any city in the world.’
      • ‘The setting of the film is a remote Cree community in Northern Alberta.’
      • ‘This is the implied setting of the film Land of the Morning Calm.’
      • ‘London's organised-crime underworld, in all its diversity and brutality, is the setting for this edgy contemporary thriller.’
      • ‘This is the setting for the new film Starsky and Hutch, which, contrary to popular belief, is not a remake.’
      • ‘Sewers may not seem the ideal setting for a racy novel.’
      • ‘Micheaux uses the novel's two primary settings, South Dakota and Chicago, to symbolize these two states of being.’
      • ‘The seaside region of Thanjavur is the setting of the novel.’
      • ‘The central setting for the three novels is Blue Brook Plantation, and each novel's central characters are black.’
      • ‘The novel fully addresses its setting, this city we live in that's obsessed with class and racial politics.’
      • ‘James has transformed the detective genre, among other ways, by giving her novels carefully rendered settings.’
      • ‘As Lutie approaches the building that will become the setting of the novel, she spies a sign advertising an available apartment.’
      • ‘Oran, the setting of the novel, is a French port on the Algerian coast, a small city that is about as ordinary as a city can be.’
      • ‘She demands to be shown settings of the novels she reads, such as Paris, London, and Venice.’
  • 2A piece of metal in which a precious stone or gem is fixed to form a piece of jewelry.

    • ‘These were either fixed into metal settings or drilled along the prism axis and strung as beads.’
    • ‘Yellow gold is the setting that most people choose for their wedding ring.’
    • ‘These jewelry settings are common when it comes to diamonds or other gemstones.’
    • ‘Other slaves cut and shaped the amethysts, topazes, emeralds, and diamonds that often filled the gold and silver settings.’
    • ‘We're so used to seeing turquoise in a setting for a ring or as a pendant that we don't often consider it for the interior design of our homes.’
    • ‘Whereas gold is a traditional setting, platinum has taken off as the newest trend in wedding jewelry.’
    • ‘Gemstone settings are basically any setting with a combination of diamonds and other precious stones.’
    • ‘I'd always admired the way jewelers could place stones and create settings.’
    mounting, mount, fixture, surround
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  • 3A piece of vocal or choral music composed for particular words.

    ‘a setting of Yevtushenko's bleak poem’
    • ‘It has attracted numerous polyphonic settings, by such composers as Victoria, Palestrina, and Mozart.’
    • ‘Grainger wrote the settings from Songs of the North pretty early.’
    • ‘The new piece is a musical setting - without words - of McKellar's poem, Sangsters, in three verses.’
    • ‘The evening will feature choral settings of Palestinian poems, traditional Palestinian dance and Israeli music fused with jazz.’
    • ‘In the Heine settings, Schubert's musical imagery becomes wilder, even less predictable.’
  • 4

    short for place setting
    • ‘There is a fresh competitive edge in the camp; even the dinner-table settings are regularly mixed up so that the old and the new sit together.’
  • 5A speed, height, or temperature at which a machine or device can be adjusted to operate.

    ‘if you find the room getting too hot, check the thermostat setting’
    • ‘The system then chooses the optimum settings for ride height, engine torque, gear selection and so on.’
    • ‘Luxury climate control, which gives separate temperature settings for the front seat occupants, is a £410 upgrade.’
    • ‘Use actual fabric swatches and set the machine with the recommended settings, thread and needles.’
    • ‘The calculations are double-checked, and all machine settings are verified.’
    • ‘I then set that oven at the required time and temperature settings to bake my newest muffins as I'd now chosen to bake them here.’
    • ‘I began adjusting the settings again and then took a step away.’
    • ‘The faulty temperature settings over the winter seem to be a direct result of that.’
    • ‘Manager John Linehan has now altered the settings of the device, so it will freeze wheels passing at a height of 3ft above ground.’
    • ‘He stated that the cart had speed control settings that permitted Nelson to operate the cart at a pace too fast for the path terrain.’
    • ‘There are four speed settings: full, cruising, slow and stop.’
    • ‘In addition, there are other bits of information provided here, including the speed settings of the cruise control.’
    • ‘However, this week, in a hurry I didn't change the settings on the washing machine and ironing became a necessity.’
    • ‘Each of the AquaGate's Fan Speed settings also shows a direct result on its cooling ability.’
    • ‘Microprocessors control other variables and settings, such as temperature.’
    • ‘Plus, with the varying speeds and incline settings, anyone can use it, and it never becomes obsolete.’
    • ‘The pot stirrer can be adjusted to fit any shape or size of pan, has a number of different speed settings and also has a programmable timer.’
    • ‘This can be set at just above freezing or slightly higher if you wish, and will only be activated when the temperature drops below its setting.’
    • ‘His doctors, who believe they can lower that rate by tinkering with the device's settings, are less guarded.’
    • ‘Then she readjusted the temperature settings a bit, so that she wouldn't hurt herself again.’
    • ‘She was busily adjusting the settings of the missiles so they were lucky that she didn't even bother to listen to them as they spoke.’