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(both: sĕt or sāt), in Egyptian religion, god of evil. Set was a sun god of predynastic Egypt, but he gradually degenerated from being a beneficent deity into being a god of evil and darkness. In a widespread Egyptian myth he murdered his brother OsirisOsiris
, in Egyptian religion, legendary ruler of predynastic Egypt and god of the underworld. He was the son of the sky goddess Nut and the earth god Geb. The great benefactor of mankind, Osiris brought to the people knowledge of agriculture and civilization.
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 and was in turn defeated by Horus, the son of Osiris. The Greeks identified Set with Typhon.


in mathematics, collection of entities, called elements of the set, that may be real objects or conceptual entities. Set theory not only is involved in many areas of mathematics but has important applications in other fields as well, e.g., computer technology and atomic and nuclear physics.

Definition of Sets

A set must be well defined; i.e., for any given object, it must be unambiguous whether or not the object is an element of the set. For example, if a set contains all the chairs in a designated room, then any chair can be determined either to be in or not in the set. If there were no chairs in the room, the set would be called the empty, or null, set, i.e., one containing no elements. A set is usually designated by a capital letter. If A is the set of even numbers between 1 and 9, then A={2, 4, 6, 8}. The braces, {}, are commonly used to enclose the listed elements of a set. The elements of a set may be described without actually being listed. If B is the set of real numbers that are solutions of the equation x2=9, then the set can be written as B={x:x2=9} or B={x|x2=9}, both of which are read: B is the set of all x such that x2=9; hence B is the set {3,−3}.

Membership in a set is indicated by the symbol ∈ and nonmembership by ∉; thus, xA means that element x is a member of the set A (read simply as "x is a member of A") and yA means y is not a member of A. The symbols ⊂ and ⊃ are used to indicate that one set A is contained within or contains another set B; AB means that A is contained within, or is a subset of, B; and AB means that A contains, or is a superset of, B.

Operations on Sets

There are three basic set operations: intersection, union, and complementation. The intersection of two sets is the set containing the elements common to the two sets and is denoted by the symbol ∩. The union of two sets is the set containing all elements belonging to either one of the sets or to both, denoted by the symbol ∪. Thus, if C={1, 2, 3, 4} and D={3, 4, 5}, then CD={3, 4} and CD={1, 2, 3, 4, 5}. These two operations each obey the associative lawassociative law,
in mathematics, law holding that for a given operation combining three quantities, two at a time, the initial pairing is arbitrary; e.g., using the operation of addition, the numbers 2, 3, and 4 may be combined (2+3)+4=5+4=9 or 2+(3+4)=2+7=9.
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 and the commutative lawcommutative law,
in mathematics, law holding that for a given binary operation (combining two quantities) the order of the quantities is arbitrary; e.g., in addition, the numbers 2 and 5 can be combined as 2+5=7 or as 5+2=7.
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, and together they obey the distributive lawdistributive law.
In mathematics, given any two operations, symbolized by * and +, the first operation, *, is distributive over the second, +, if a*(b+c)=(a*b)+(a*c) for all possible choices of a, b, and c.
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In any discussion the set of all elements under consideration must be specified, and it is called the universal set. If the universal set is U={1, 2, 3, 4, 5} and A={1, 2, 3}, then the complement of A (written A′) is the set of all elements in the universal set that are not in A, or A′={4, 5}. The intersection of a set and its complement is the empty set (denoted by ∅), or AA′=∅; the union of a set and its complement is the universal set, or AA′=U. See also symbolic logicsymbolic logic
or mathematical logic,
formalized system of deductive logic, employing abstract symbols for the various aspects of natural language. Symbolic logic draws on the concepts and techniques of mathematics, notably set theory, and in turn has contributed to
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a young plant raised for subsequent planting in a garden, park, or similar place. Sets of fruit crops are obtained in fruit nurseries; they are usually produced from grafted seedlings (stocks). Sets of berry crops (currant, gooseberry) are one-year-old nongrafted plants. The root suckers of raspberry plants are used as sets. In forestry, sets are young trees that have been raised from seeds or cuttings.



(also Seth), in ancient Egyptian religion and mythology, a god initially venerated in the city of Ombos and whose cult then apparently spread throughout Upper Egypt and the northwest part of the Nile Delta. Set was considered a god of the desert and of foreign countries. According to Egyptian mythology, he was the brother and murderer of Osiris and was subsequently defeated by Horus, the son of Osiris. He was depicted in the form of an unidentifiable animal.

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Of a celestial body, to cross the visible western horizon while descending.
The hardening or solidifying of a plastic or liquid substance.
(computer science)
A collection of record types.
The placement of a storage device in a prescribed state, for example, a binary storage cell in the high or 1 state.
A combination of units, assemblies, and parts connected or otherwise used together to perform an operational function, such as a radar set.
In plastics processing, the conversion of a liquid resin or adhesive into a solid state by curing or evaporation of solvent or suspending medium, or by gelling.
Saw teeth bent out of the plane of the saw body, resulting in a wide cut in the workpiece.
A group of essentially conformable strata or cross-strata, separated from other sedimentary units by surfaces of erosion, nondeposition, or abrupt change in character.
(graphic arts)
The fixing or drying of a printing ink on a printed sheet, so that, though not completely dry, the sheet can be handled without smudging.
The hardening or firmness displayed by some materials when left undisturbed.
Permanent deformation of a material, such as metal or plastic, when stressed beyond the elastic limit.
A collection of objects which has the property that, given any thing, it can be determined whether or not the thing is in the collection.
(mining engineering)
The establishment of a course.
The direction toward which an oceanic current flows.
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1. The condition reached by a cement paste, mortar, or concrete when it has lost plasticity to an arbitrary degree; usually measured in terms of resistance to penetration or deformation; initial set refers to first stiffening, final set to attainment of significant rigidity.
2. The hydration and hardening of a gypsum plaster.
3. To convert a liquid resin or an adhesive to a hardened state by chemical or physical action such as condensation, polymerization, oxidation, vulcanization, gelation, hydration, or the evaporation of volatile constituents.
4.See saw set.
5. In plastering, to apply a finishing coat.
6. To drive a nail below the surface of the wood (with the use of a nail set).
7. The strain remaining after complete release of the load producing a deformation.
8. Collectively, the pieces of scenery that make up a theatrical scene.
9. To coat the back surface of a tile so that it will adhere to the surface to which it is applied.
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1. Maths logic
a. a collection of numbers, objects, etc., that is treated as an entity: {3, the moon} is the set the two members of which are the number 3 and the moon
b. (in some formulations) a class that can itself be a member of other classes
2. any apparatus that receives or transmits television or radio signals
3. Tennis squash badminton one of the units of a match, in tennis one in which one player or pair of players must win at least six games
a. the number of couples required for a formation dance
b. a series of figures that make up a formation dance
a. a band's or performer's concert repertoire on a given occasion
b. a continuous performance
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Secure Electronic Transaction.






A collection of objects, known as the elements of the set, specified in such a way that we can tell in principle whether or not a given object belongs to it. E.g. the set of all prime numbers, the set of zeros of the cosine function.

For each set there is a predicate (or property) which is true for (possessed by) exactly those objects which are elements of the set. The predicate may be defined by the set or vice versa. Order and repetition of elements within the set are irrelevant so, for example, 1, 2, 3 = 3, 2, 1 = 1, 3, 1, 2, 2.

Some common set of numbers are given the following names:

N = the natural numbers 0, 1, 2, ...

Z = the integers ..., -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, ...

Q = the rational numbers p/q where p, q are in Z and q /= 0.

R = the real numbers

C = the complex numbers.

The empty set is the set with no elements. The intersection of two sets X and Y is the set containing all the elements x such that x is in X and x is in Y. The union of two sets is the set containing all the elements x such that x is in X or x is in Y.

See also set complement.
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(1) An internal DOS/Windows command that sets environment variables, which are stored values used by the operating system and many applications. To display the current values, type:

The set command creates an environment variable and places a value into it. Blank spaces matter. The following examples create NEWVAR with a value of "a."
set newvar=a   create newvar with "a"
  set newvar= a  create newvar with " a"

  set newvar=    delete newvar

(2) (SET) (Secure Electronic Transaction) A standard protocol from MasterCard and Visa for securing online credit card payments via the Internet. In this three-way transaction, the user, merchant and bank must use the SET protocols.

Credit card data and a digital certificate (for authentication) is stored in a plug-in to the user's Web browser. The order is received by a SET-enabled merchant server that passes encrypted payment information to the bank. Approval is electronically sent to the merchant.
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NBC and Thomson have started work on a system called Advanced Compatible TV which would improve picture clarity on sets developed by Thomson while allowing continued use of conventional sets.
Panasonic claims its plasma display offers full HD 3D quality at a resolution that is unavailable on conventional sets.
The tyres are said to last as long as conventional sets of rubber, although they cost about pounds 180 each.
Uninspired because of the tired, conventional sets from the Cleveland Opera, amateur lighting and stage effects, and an utter lack of any convincing stage direction, despite Artistic Director Tyrone Paterson's assertion in the program of the renown of Czech stage director Ludek Golat.
They're around twice the price of conventional sets, selling at about pounds 6 for a 250g (9oz) bag.
The latest technology televisions have been on show, including the first fair electric liquid crystal display models which claim to be slimmer and lighter than conventional sets and remote controls which glow in the dark
He also points out that some 28-inch widescreen Nicam or Dolby TVs are now no more expensive than conventional sets and, like all new technologies, prices will fall rather than rise.
The equipment should be available for the public from early next year, and although a price has yet to be set, the manufacturers say it will be much cheaper than conventional sets.
Widescreen format has a ratio of 16 units wide to 9 high compared to the 4:3 ratio of conventional sets.
So what about all the conventional sets currently in stores?
Conventional sets rely on analogue waves, which can be affected by buildings and weather conditions, causing interference.

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