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Meaning of “setting” in the English Dictionary

"setting" in British English

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settingnoun

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 ​idylliccountry 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 ​wartimeprisoncamp. [C] a place setting

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  • 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.
(Definition of setting from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"setting" in American English

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settingnoun [C]

 us   /ˈset̬·ɪŋ/
  • setting noun [C] (JEWELRY PART)

the ​part of a ​piece of ​jewelrydesigned to ​hold a ​stone: It was her grandmother’s ​ring – a ​singlediamond in a ​gold setting
  • setting noun [C] (SURROUNDINGS)

the ​surroundings or ​place in which something is put: The ​house has a ​beautiful setting ​overlooking the ​river. The setting of the ​novel is ​Paris in the 1920s.
  • setting noun [C] (CONTROLS)

a ​position of the ​controls on a ​machine or ​instrument: If the ​image is ​dark or ​fuzzy, ​adjust the settings.
(Definition of setting from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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