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Definition of Setback

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obstacle, misfortune, something which hinders progress; instance of hindering progress
Setback Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
Offset, n., 4.
  
(n.)
A backset; a countercurrent; an eddy.
  
(n.)
A backset; a check; a repulse; a reverse; a relapse.
  
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setback
\set"back`\ (?), n.
1. (arch.) offset, n., 4.
2. a backset; a countercurrent; an eddy. [u. s.]
3. a backset; a check; a repulse; a reverse; a relapse. [colloq. u.s.]
setback
n : an unfortunate happening that hinders of impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating [syn: reverse, reversal, blow]



WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. an unfortunate happening that hinders of impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
(synonym) reverse, reversal, blow, black eye
(hypernym) happening, occurrence, natural event
(hyponym) whammy
(derivation) set back
Setback Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of petroleum Industry
The space on the derrick floor where stands of drillpipe or tubing are "set back" and racked in the derrick. Offshore drilling platforms often list the stand capacity of their setbacks as an indication of their pipe-handling capability and capacity. On transportable, mast-type derricks used on land, setbacks are outside the derrick proper.
Setback Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Setback may have the following meanings:
  • Setback (land use), the distance a structure must be from the edge of a lot
  • Setback (architecture), making upper storeys of a high-rise building further back than the lower ones for aesthetic, structural, or land-use restriction reasons
  • Pitch (card game), a card game related to All Fours
  • A problem
  • Setback arming, a safety-arming mechanism used on some munition fuzes, specifically those of artillery and mortars

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