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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


(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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At last there came by an old, hobbling woman with a crutch stick; who first stopped a little, close to where we lay, and bemoaned herself and the long way she had travelled; and then set forth again up the steep spring of the bridge.
William James's view was first set forth in an essay called "Does
That from the son set forth that Mr Clennam would, he knew, be gratified to hear that he had at length obtained permanent employment of a highly satisfactory nature, accompanied with every prospect of complete success in life; but that the temporary inability of his employer to pay him his arrears of salary to that date (in which condition said employer had appealed to that generous forbearance in which he trusted he should never be wanting towards a fellow-creature), combined with the fraudulent conduct of a false friend and the present high price of provisions, had reduced him to the verge of ruin, unless he could by a quarter before six that evening raise the sum of eight pounds.
They set forth on the walk back; and the others, with one exception, straggled after them at various distances.
There was no reason why we should delay, and we set forth down the river.
This morning the Sheriff and many of his men set forth to meet certain lords, to go a-hunting.
The Jew started to his feet ``No, Diccon, no I will presently set forth.
The king thought I ought now to set forth in quest of adventures, so that I might gain renown and be the more worthy to meet Sir Sagramor when the several years should have rolled away.
When the Prince set forth on his travels it was but natural that this devoted couple should accompany him, and accordingly he started with them and attended by a numerous retinue.
The third day after the incubator ceremony we set forth toward home, but scarcely had the head of the procession debouched into the open ground before the city than orders were given for an immediate and hasty return.
Sir William Phips had likewise brought a new charter from the king, which served instead of a constitution, and set forth the method in which the province was to be governed.
BY sunrise on the following morning (October 19th) , the travellers had loaded their old horse with buffalo meat, sufficient for five days' provisions, and, taking leave of their new allies, the poor, but hospitable Snakes, set forth in somewhat better spirits, though the increasing cold of the weather, and the sight of the snowy mountains which they had yet to traverse, were enough to chill their very hearts.