Definition of preset in English:


Pronunciation /ˌprēˈset/ /ˌpriˈsɛt/


  • (of a setting on a device) adjusted or applied in advance.

    ‘the water is heated quickly to a preset temperature’
    prearranged, arranged in advance, established in advance, set, fixed, preset, pre-agreed, pre-established, pre-planned, pre-decided, agreed, settled


  • A setting on a device that is adjusted or applied before use or by the manufacturer, especially on electronic audio or video equipment.

    ‘if you don't like the presets, you can customize your own’
    • ‘The player also has a built-in FM radio function with 10 presets and twelve hours' playtime.’
    • ‘The earliest systems allowed the driver to control climate and radio presets by voice.’
    • ‘It might be nice in the future to see the ability to assign keyboard shortcuts to these presets somehow.’
    • ‘It is possible that a few seconds of this might sound good, very loud, very late, in a club, but in this context it sounds like someone trying out all the presets on a home keyboard with a cheesy built-in drum machine.’
    • ‘Instead, there are four front panel push buttons for recalling four presets.’
    • ‘Ultimately the truest test lies in an exclusive focus on the music, since even a single listen should clarify the extent to which artists can personalize their music in spite of the presence of presets.’
    • ‘That includes no less than 14 scene/subject modes offering fast presets for specific subjects such as sunsets, landscape shots, portraits and even firework displays.’
    • ‘There are 16 memory locations to store user presets.’
    • ‘These let you choose presets along a scale from ‘Performance’ to ‘Quality’.’
    • ‘Heck, I seem to always tweak individual high-quality programming material even when custom presets are close to the mark anyway!’
    • ‘However, you can tweak to your heart's content, then save those settings to one of the three User presets - then never have to tweak again.’
    • ‘Included with the software are 50 instruments and over 1,000 presets.’
    • ‘Were Painter limited to simple presets, I wouldn't want to use it.’
    • ‘Of course, you are able to create your own wonderful presets too.’
    • ‘It lets you set various presets - perhaps a slower setting for websurfing and email, then change to a faster setting for gaming.’
    • ‘As mentioned earlier there's nothing stopping you from monitoring whatever you like instead of the suggested presets.’

transitive verbpresets, presetting, preset

[with object]
  • Adjust or apply (a setting on a device) in advance.

    ‘I tried presetting the focus before making the shot’
    • ‘It may be better to keep the device's user interface simple by excluding a volume control and presetting the sound level.’
    • ‘A $20 programmable device lets you preset your heating and cooling systems when you're not home for as much as a 10 percent energy savings.’
    • ‘All functions or values must be preset prior to this point.’
    • ‘This enables users to preset a favourite water temperature.’
    • ‘Auto Preset enables users to preset the time, temperature, and water consumption of a shower.’
    • ‘The portability of the system also makes it practical for use in remote locations at larger manufacturing facilities away from tool presetting areas.’
    • ‘Allowable values can be preset to a valid range or to specific values as desired.’
    • ‘You can print in 100 typefaces - even Japanese, if your computer is set up to handle that - and there are 36 preset phrases to click on for instant print.’
    • ‘Most people seemed to have preset notions of communism, simply that it was horrible, and they weren't interested in moving far beyond that.’
    • ‘It is preset so it goes to your local Member, and can also be sent to your Senators as well (although you have to tick a box to add this option).’
    • ‘Another tip is to preset an additional burner to the lowest heat setting for the simmering phase.’
    • ‘See, my radio is preset to hear the words of wisdom from the self proclaimed ‘King of All Media,’ Mr. Howard Stern.’
    • ‘The Squid was a formidable weapon in the war against the U-boat, capable of being preset to explode at a pre-determined depth.’
    • ‘But much of the tension that director John MacKenzie might have generated out of this story, even if its ending was already preset, seems rendered flat.’
    • ‘For decades, birdwatchers have surveyed the United States by recording species in breeding season at specified stops along thousands of preset routes.’



/ˌprēˈset/ /ˌpriˈsɛt/