Definition of Set down

1. Verb. Put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc..

Exact synonyms: Get Down, Put Down, Write Down
Generic synonyms: Write
Specialized synonyms: Transcribe, Notate, Dash Down, Dash Off, Note, Take Down

2. Verb. Reach or come to rest. "The airplane is sure to set down "; "The plane landed in Istanbul"
Exact synonyms: Land
Specialized synonyms: Alight, Light, Perch, Force-land, Beach, Port, Debark, Disembark, Touch Down, Undershoot, Belly-land, Crash Land
Generic synonyms: Arrive, Come, Get
Derivative terms: Land, Lander, Landing

3. Verb. Put or settle into a position. "The hotel was set down at the bottom of the valley"
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set

4. Verb. Cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place. "Set down your bags here"
Exact synonyms: Place Down, Put Down
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set
Specialized synonyms: Flump, Plank, Plonk, Plop, Plump, Plump Down, Plunk, Plunk Down

5. Verb. Go ashore. "The passengers disembarked at Southampton"
Exact synonyms: Debark, Disembark
Generic synonyms: Land
Derivative terms: Debarkation, Disembarkation, Disembarkment
Antonyms: Embark

6. Verb. Leave or unload. "Drop off the passengers at the hotel"
Exact synonyms: Discharge, Drop, Drop Off, Put Down, Unload
Generic synonyms: Deliver
Specialized synonyms: Wharf, Air-drop
Derivative terms: Drop

Definition of Set down

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To write ¹

2. Verb. To place, especially on the ground or a surface; to cease carrying. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Set Down

set (psychology)
set a spell
set ablaze
set about
set afire
set aflame
set ahead
set apart
set ashore
set aside
set back
set chisel
set decoration
set down (current term)
set fire
set foot
set for life
set forth
set free
set gun
set in
set in motion
set in one's ways
set in stone
set list
set of bookshelves
set of pipes
set off

Literary usage of Set down

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1846)
"Then Mr Honest (when they were Some talk be- all set down) asked Mr Contrite and the ... set down ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: From by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Francis Vesey (1827)
"After plea set down, order obtained of coarse by Plaintiff to amend the bill ... A FTER a plea had been set down for argument the Plain- tiff upon motion of ..."

3. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"Meantime, Mrs. Irons advanced to the table, and set down a very handsome antique bronze lamp. Then she deliberately smoothed the table-cover, which did not ..."

4. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"... so that they tumbled over unless they were carefully set down." Professor Max Müller possesses a set of silver tumblers which when emptied and placed on ..."

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