(Se*tip"a*rous) a. [Seta + L. papere to produce.] (Zoöl.) Producing setæ; said of the organs
from which the setæ of annelids arise.
(Se"ti*reme) n. [Seta + L. remus an oar.] (Zoöl.) A swimming leg (of an insect) having a
fringe of hairs on the margin.
(Set"ness) n. The quality or state of being set; formality; obstinacy. "The starched setness of a
sententious writer." R. Masters.
(Set"-off`) n. [Set + off.]
1. That which is set off against another thing; an offset.
I do not contemplate such a heroine as a set-off to the many sins imputed to me as committed against
2. That which is used to improve the appearance of anything; a decoration; an ornament.
3. (Law) A counterclaim; a cross debt or demand; a distinct claim filed or set up by the defendant against
the plaintiff's demand.
Set-off differs from recoupment, as the latter generally grows out of the same matter or contract with
the plaintiff's claim, while the former grows out of distinct matter, and does not of itself deny the justice
of the plaintiff's demand. Offset is sometimes improperly used for the legal term set- off. See Recoupment.
4. (Arch.) Same as Offset, n., 4.
5. (Print.) See Offset, 7.
Syn. Set-off, Offset. Offset originally denoted that which branches off or projects, as a shoot
from a tree, but the term has long been used in America in the sense of set-off. This use is beginning
to obtain in England; though Macaulay uses set-off, and so, perhaps, do a majority of English writers.
(Se"ton) n. [F. séton from L. seta a thick, stiff hair, a bristle.] (Med. & Far.) A few silk threads or
horsehairs, or a strip of linen or the like, introduced beneath the skin by a knife or needle, so as to form
an issue; also, the issue so formed.
(Se*tose" Se"tous) a. [L. setosus, saetosus, from seta, saeta, bristle: cf. F. séteux.] Thickly
set with bristles or bristly hairs.
(Set"out`) n. A display, as of plate, equipage, etc.; that which is displayed. [Coloq.] Dickens.
(Set"-stitched`) a. Stitched according to a formal pattern. "An old set-stiched chair, valanced,
and fringed with party-colored worsted bobs." Sterne.
(Sett) n. See Set, n., 2 (e) and 3.
(Set*tee") n. [From Set; cf. Settle a seat.] A long seat with a back, made to accommodate
several persons at once.
(Set*tee"), n. [F. scétie, scitie.] (Naut.) A vessel with a very long, sharp prow, carrying two or
three masts with lateen sails, used in the Mediterranean. [Written also setee.]
1. One who, or that which, sets; used mostly in composition with a noun, as typesetter; or in combination
with an adverb, as a setter on a setter up, a setter forth.