Set for stun.

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Darth Vader's soldiers see Princess Leia, and one tells another:
— There's one. Set for stun.
Then he hits her from his weapon with a paralyzing beam.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, film

What does the bolded phrase mean please?
Thank you.
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    You can set your phaser (in Star Trek, or whatever it's called in Star Wars) to various strengths: stun or kill. In your sentence 'set' is imperative ('set your weapon to "stun"') or possibly past participle ('I have set my weapon to "stun"').


    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Phasers on Star Trek could be set to stun the opponent, or to kill. In this case (as usual), they were set to (for) stun.

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