There is a lot of information in this video, much more than anyone can digest in one single setting.

It seems like "one single time" or something like that, I suppose. But I can't find a similar explanation in any dictionaries.

As it is easy to be confused, I put the link to the video here. The sentence is at 13:25 and It's indeed a "setting" but not a "sitting".

  • Please provide more context? Did you hear this somewhere, or did you read it? Are you sure it's "setting" and not "sitting"? – Andrew Feb 24 '18 at 2:56
  • @Andrew Video link added. :) – preachers Feb 24 '18 at 5:16
  • Ah. Got it now. In this case "setting" refers to this particular episode, as in one single video. All of these guidelines have been delivered to you as a big set of information. It's an odd phrasing -- but if you hadn't pointed it out, I wouldn't have thought anything of it. – Andrew Feb 24 '18 at 6:00
  • @Andrew Now I've understood the phrase and more importantly I will not use it by myself since it's an odd phrasing. This kind of question must be answered by a native speaker like you. Thank you so much! – preachers Feb 24 '18 at 6:17

It might just be a simple spelling error in your transcript or whatever it is that you've got there. They might have misspelled the word sitting as setting. Or you might have misheard it as setting if it was you who were writing that transcript. Anyway, sitting makes more sense and is actually the word you would more likely see used in this context. And if that's the case, it's now all down to a simple dictionary lookup:


A continuous period of being seated, especially when engaged in a particular activity.

'twenty pieces of music is a bit much to take in at one sitting'

'And sure, it is a lot to ask the average museum visitor to sit through eight films in one sitting.'

'The more calories you eat in a sitting, the more likely you are to store them as body fat.'

  • Like my answer says, is it possible they were referring to one table "setting" so essentially one meal? That's the only way I can make sense of it. – Element115 Feb 24 '18 at 1:29
  • If it's not a spelling problem, then I totally agree with you. – Michael Rybkin Feb 24 '18 at 1:31
  • Yeah it's possible that it's a spelling error like you said. I almost always hear people say one sitting – Element115 Feb 24 '18 at 1:32
  • Video link added. You could have a look at the video. :) – preachers Feb 24 '18 at 5:17

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