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setting

noun
     
set‧ting W2 [countable]
1 the place where something is or where something happens, and the general environment
beautiful/perfect/magnificent/idyllic setting
an old farmhouse in a beautiful setting
setting for
Cyprus is the perfect setting for a beach holiday.
I've worked with children in various settings, mainly in secondary school.
2A the place or time where the events in a book, film etc happen
setting for
Verona is best known as the setting for two of Shakespeare's plays.
The island was used by Dickens as the setting for Oliver Twist.
3TD the position in which you put the controls on a machine or instrument:
The heating system was already on its highest setting.
4DCJ the metal that holds a stone in a piece of jewellery, or the way the stone is fixed
in a ... setting
a diamond ring in a gold setting
5APM music that is written to go with a poem, prayer etc
6

the setting of the sun

literaryDN the time when the sun goes down

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