Definition:Set/Explicit Set Definition

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A (finite) set can be defined by explicitly specifying all of its elements between the famous curly brackets, known as set braces: $\set {}$.

For example, the following define sets:

$S = \set {\textrm {Tom, Dick, Harry} }$
$T = \set {1, 2, 3, 4}$
$V = \set {\textrm {red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet} }$

When a set is defined like this, note that all and only the elements in it are listed.

This is called explicit (set) definition.

It is possible for a set to contain other sets. For example:

$S = \set {a, \set a }$

Note here that $a$ and $\set a$ are not the same thing.

While it is true that:

$a \in \set a$

it is not true that:

$a = \set a$

Also known as

Some sources refer to this as a roster for the set.

Others call it an enumeration or a listing.

Also see