Surveying. the interval by which a chain or tape exceeds the length being measured.
setback (def 4).
a check to progress; a reverse or defeat:
The new law was a setback.
Architecture. a recession of the upper part of a building from the building line, as to lighten the structure or to permit a desired amount of light and air to reach ground level at the foot of the building.
an act or instance of setting back:
A nightly setback of your home thermostats can save a great deal of fuel.
Also, set-back. a downward temperature adjustment of a thermostat, especially performed automatically, as by a timer.
- Set back the clock
see: set back , def. 3.
noun 1. a chisel having a broad edge at the end of a tapered shaft; used to cut the heads off bolts, rivets, etc. noun 1. another name for cold chisel
- Set complement
theory The complement of set A in set U is all elements of U which are not elements of A. (1995-01-24)
- Set comprehension