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setting

noun uk   /ˈset.ɪŋ/  us   /ˈset̬-/

setting noun (POSITION)

B2 [C usually singular] the position of a house or other building: Their house is in an idyllic rural setting.B2 [C usually singular] the time and the place in which the action of a book, film, play, etc. happens: The play has its setting in a wartime prison camp. [C] a place setting
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setting noun (CONTROLS)

[C] a position on the controls of a piece of equipment: My hairdryer has three settings - high, medium, and low. You don't need to adjust the setting every time you take a photo.

setting noun (JEWELLERY)

[C] the piece of metal in a ring, or other piece of jewellery, into which a precious stone is fixed: a single diamond in a plain gold setting

setting noun (MUSIC)

[C] music written or provided for a poem or other words so that they can be sung: He sang Schubert's setting of a Goethe poem.
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