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Definition of "preset" []

  • To set (an automatic control, for example) beforehand: preset a microwave oven. (verb-transitive)
  • To set (a timing device) so that something begins to operate at the time specified (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A control, such as a variable resistor, that is not as accessible as the main controls and is used to set initial conditions (noun)

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Use "preset" in a sentence
  • "Because all magazine fiction has such tight word counts, stories for intermediates (readers who read) often rely on certain preset reader expectations."
  • "Each preset is a mixture of the mood spectrums on the Moodstream mixer — happy/sad, calm/lively, warm/cool, and so on."
  • "ScreenFlow allows one to customize these settings once an overall codec preset is selected."