set (someone or something) down on(to) (something)(redirected from set down onto something)
set (someone or something) down on(to) (something)
1. Literally, to place someone or something down on a particular surface or thing. Set those groceries down on the counter, thanks. I set Katie down on her rocking horse and then went to answer the phone.
2. To note or record something on some material or medium, especially in writing. I tried to set the idea down on paper before I could forget anything. She has used painting as a way of setting down her personal demons onto the canvas.
3. To land an aircraft on something. They were able to set the plane down on the runway despite the malfunctioning landing gear. They were forced to set the hot-air balloon onto the farmer's field.
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