- organization; arrangement.
- an act or instance of setting up or getting ready: The setup of the lights and camera took most of the morning.
- the carriage of the body; bearing.
- a camera position, as for a particular shot.
- everything required for an alcoholic drink except the liquor, as a glass, ice, and soda water, as served to patrons who provide their own liquor.
- an undertaking or contest deliberately made easy.
- a match or game arranged with an opponent who can be defeated without risk or effort.
- an opponent easy to defeat.
- a shot or play that results in a puck, shuttlecock, ball, or balls being so positioned as to provide a player with an easy opportunity for a winning shot: a playmaker who excels in setups.
- the position of such a puck, ball, etc.: a setup close to and to the left of the goalkeeper.
- the puck, ball, etc., itself: The wing banged the setup into the goal.
- an arrangement of all the tools, parts, apparatus, etc., necessary for any of various specific jobs or purposes.
- the equipment or items necessary for a particular activity or period; kit: Each student gets a weekly setup of clean blankets, sheets, and towels.
- a plan or projected course of action.
- a prearranged situation or circumstance, usually created to fool or trap someone; trick; scheme.
- station(def 14a).
- a surveying instrument precisely positioned for observations from a station.
- a gap between the end of a chain or tape being used for a measurement and the point toward which it is laid.
- setting-up exercise.
n.“arrangement,” 1890, from verbal phrase set up, attested from c.1200 as “to make ready for use” and from 1950 (in pugilism) as “to bring (someone) to a vulnerable position;” from set (v.) + up (adv.). The verbal phrase also can mean “to establish” (early 15c.) and “put drinks before customers” (1880).