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Etymology 1[edit]

re- +‎ set



reset (third-person singular simple present resets, present participle resetting, simple past and past participle reset)

  1. To set back to the initial state.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.
  2. To set to zero.
  3. To adjust again after an initial failure.
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Etymology 2[edit]



reset (plural resets)

  1. An act of resetting to the initial state
  2. Setting to zero
  3. Something that is reset
  4. A device, such as a button or switch, for resetting something.
  5. (typography) That which is reset; printed matter set up again.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From receipt.

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Particularly: “Scotland”


reset (plural resets)

  1. (Scots law) the crime of knowingly and dishonestly receiving stolen goods, or harbouring an outlaw.