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This is going to be a big oneEdit

This is going to be a big one. There are well over a hundred definitions of this word. Care needs to be taken to ensure that translations are associated with the correct senses.

...not a lot of enthusiasm for this one, considering its the longest entry in OED...? ;) 10:27, 27 January 2006 (UTC)
By far- its entry is 85 000 words long i.i the length of a paperback novel212.219.59.222 15:32, 6 February 2006 (UTC)
Well, I think they put it well on Piffle and Balderdash (a BBC series in conjunction with the OED on words, defining, adding, redefining, etc.) when they talked of this word. I'll paraphrase since I'm not freakish enough to recall an exact quote word for word: Longest entry, etc. etc., many definitions, but unlike many words one does not need to be told a definition to understand what it means (meaning being provided by it's context), which makes it a very neat little word indeed.--Amedeofelix 14:52, 6 July 2007 (UTC)
Actually, ever since June 2000, the entry for the verb make has been longer than that for the verb set. (This might change back once the set entry gets revised, though; right now they're only up to prim.) —RuakhTALK 02:38, 7 July 2007 (UTC)
Where, here? The fact that no explanation is required for people to know what set means in any given sentence separates it very nicely from most other words including make.--Amedeofelix 09:53, 8 July 2007 (UTC)

removed commentEdit

Someone commented out this noun sense as:

not a noun sense: # device used to hold things (a set screw)

God I hate comments. DAVilla 07:50, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

Adjustment of noun meaning #14 to encompass stand-up comedy? (i.e. performing arts)Edit

(music) A musical performance by a band, disc jockey, etc., consisting of several musical pieces. This term also applies very similarly to stand-up comedy (and possibly to the performing arts in general). So I'm wondering which is the best option of the following:

  • 1 adjust the (music) meaning to "(performing arts) A performance by a band, disc jockey, comedian, etc., consisting of several musical pieces or jokes."


  • 2 add another meaning as follows: "# (stand-up comedy) An on-stage performance by a stand-up comedian consisting of several jokes."

? Thanks in advance for any (polite) feedback. (I'm still new at wiktionary.)--Tyranny Sue 06:44, 4 April 2009 (UTC)

Noun meaning #15 sett ( 'see also'? related term? Alternative spelling?)Edit

Should 'sett' be added to the 'See also' list? And/or listed as a related term list? And/or should it be an Alternative spelling (as 'set' appears on the 'sett' entry)? I'm still too new to Wiktionary to be sure of the rules. --Tyranny Sue 07:20, 4 April 2009 (UTC)

I added {{homophones}} in pronunciation. I hope users look there. DCDuring TALK 20:09, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

error? "collection of objects" is in etymology 1 *and* 2Edit

Etymology 1, noun, entry #12 is:

  • A series of, a group of.

Etymology 2, noun, entries #5, #6, and #7 are:

  • A matching collection of similar things.
  • A collection of various objects for a particular purpose.
  • An object made up of several parts.

So, did the same word with the same spelling and the same meaning come from two different places, or should this definition be deleted from which etymology? Gronky (talk) 16:28, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Different dictionaries treat this subject differently. Some argue that they are still separate words that have the same spelling, but others say that over time they have merged, with a new surface analysis of "objects that are set down".
Personally, I tend to give more credence to the latter argument. Tharthan (talk) 18:12, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Hmm, interesting. Thanks for the reply. Neither possibility is intuitive, so I'll add a note to both definitions. Gronky (talk) 23:04, 20 May 2015 (UTC)


@Jamesjiao, Donnanz, are sit and set really homophones in New Zealand English? I’m aware that the vowel of DRESS is very high in NZE, but it doesn’t merge with KIT, does it? — Ungoliant (falai) 21:26, 22 August 2018 (UTC)

@Ungoliant MMDCCLXIV: Not in my experience, but I haven't lived in NZ since 1971. I'm a South Islander, but it could happen in the north. It doesn't say that they are homophones at sit, only at set. DonnanZ (talk) 21:51, 22 August 2018 (UTC)

Dance-related nounEdit

We have "the initial or basic formation of dancers". Chambers 1908 has two further (or overlapping) senses along these lines: "the couples that take part in a square dance" and "the movements in a country-dance or quadrille". Equinox 20:42, 14 September 2019 (UTC)

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