1. The way in which something is constituted, arranged, or planned.
2. The gathering and organization of the equipment needed for an operation, procedure, or task.
a. Physical makeup; physique.
b. Body posture or carriage, especially militarily erect bearing.
a. often setups Informal The collective ingredients, such as ice, mixers, and glasses, necessary for serving various alcoholic drinks.
b. A table setting, as in a restaurant.
5. A camera position, as for a particular shot in a scene being filmed.
a. A contest prearranged to result in an easy or faked victory.
b. An endeavor intentionally made easy.
c. A deceptive scheme, such as a fraud or hoax.
7. A plan or strategy for a projected course of action.
8. Sports A play or pass that creates a scoring opportunity.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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