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settle

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Settle \Set"tle\, noun [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. [root]154. See {Sit}.]

1. A seat of any kind. [Obs.] "Upon the settle of his majesty" --Hampole.

2. A bench; especially, a bench with a high back.

3. A place made lower than the rest; a wide step or platform lower than some other part.

And from the bottom upon the ground, even to the lower settle, shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit. --Ezek. xliii. 14.

{Settle bed}, a bed convertible into a seat. [Eng.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Settle \Set"tle\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Settled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Settling}.] [OE. setlen, AS. setlan. [root]154. See {Settle}, noun In senses 7, 8, and 9 perhaps confused with OE. sahtlen to reconcile, AS. sahtlian, fr. saht reconciliation, sacon to contend, dispute. Cf. {Sake}.]

1. To place in a fixed or permanent condition; to make firm, steady, or stable; to establish; to fix; esp., to establish in life; to fix in business, in a home, or the like.

And he settled his countenance steadfastly upon him, until he was ashamed. --2 Kings viii. 11. (Rev. Ver.)

The father thought the time drew on Of setting in the world his only son. --Dryden.

2. To establish in the pastoral office; to ordain or install as pastor or rector of a church, society, or parish; as, to settle a minister. [U. S.]

3. To cause to be no longer in a disturbed condition; to render quiet; to still; to calm; to compose.

God settled then the huge whale-bearing lake. --Chapman.

Hoping that sleep might settle his brains. --Bunyan.

4. To clear of dregs and impurities by causing them to sink; to render pure or clear; -- said of a liquid; as, to settle coffee, or the grounds of coffee.

5. To restore or bring to a smooth, dry, or passable condition; -- said of the ground, of roads, and the like; as, clear weather settles the roads.

6. To cause to sink; to lower; to depress; hence, also, to render close or compact; as, to settle the contents of a barrel or bag by shaking it.

7. To determine, as something which is exposed to doubt or question; to free from unscertainty or wavering; to make sure, firm, or constant; to establish; to compose; to quiet; as, to settle the mind when agitated; to settle questions of law; to settle the succession to a throne; to settle an allowance.

It will settle the wavering, and confirm the doubtful. --Swift.

8. To adjust, as something in discussion; to make up; to compose; to pacify; as, to settle a quarrel.

9. To adjust, as accounts; to liquidate; to balance; as, to settle an account.

10. Hence, to pay; as, to settle a bill. [Colloq.] --Abbott.

11. To plant with inhabitants; to colonize; to people; as, the French first settled Canada; the Puritans settled New England; Plymouth was settled in 1620.

{To settle on} or {To settle upon}, (a) to confer upon by permanent grant; to assure to. "I . . . have settled upon him a good annuity." --Addison. (b) to choose; to decide on; -- sometimes with the implication that the choice is not ideal, but the best available.

{To settle the land} (Naut.), to cause it to sink, or appear lower, by receding from it.

Syn: To fix; establish; regulate; arrange; compose; adjust; determine; decide.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Settle \Set"tle\, verb (used without an object)

1. To become fixed or permanent; to become stationary; to establish one's self or itself; to assume a lasting form, condition, direction, or the like, in place of a temporary or changing state.

The wind came about and settled in the west. --Bacon.

Chyle . . . runs through all the intermediate colors until it settles in an intense red. --Arbuthnot.

2. To fix one's residence; to establish a dwelling place or home; as, the Saxons who settled in Britain.

3. To enter into the married state, or the state of a householder.

As people marry now and settle. --Prior.

4. To be established in an employment or profession; as, to settle in the practice of law.

5. To become firm, dry, and hard, as the ground after the effects of rain or frost have disappeared; as, the roads settled late in the spring.

6. To become clear after being turbid or obscure; to clarify by depositing matter held in suspension; as, the weather settled; wine settles by standing.

A government, on such occasions, is always thick before it settles. --Addison.

7. To sink to the bottom; to fall to the bottom, as dregs of a liquid, or the sediment of a reserveir.

8. To sink gradually to a lower level; to subside, as the foundation of a house, etc.

9. To become calm; to cease from agitation.

Till the fury of his highness settle, Come not before him. --Shak.

10. To adjust differences or accounts; to come to an agreement; as, he has settled with his creditors.

11. To make a jointure for a wife.

He sighs with most success that settles well. --Garth.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

settle

noun

1: a long wooden bench with a back [syn: {settle}, {settee}]

verb

1: settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground; "dust settled on the roofs" [syn: {settle}, {settle down}]

2: bring to an end; settle conclusively; "The case was decided"; "The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff"; "The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance" [syn: {decide}, {settle}, {resolve}, {adjudicate}]

3: settle conclusively; come to terms; "We finally settled the argument" [syn: {settle}, {square off}, {square up}, {determine}]

4: take up residence and become established; "The immigrants settled in the Midwest" [syn: {settle}, {locate}]

5: come to terms; "After some discussion we finally made up" [syn: {reconcile}, {patch up}, {make up}, {conciliate}, {settle}]

6: go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned" [syn: {sink}, {settle}, {go down}, {go under}] [ant: {float}, {swim}]

7: become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style; "He finally settled down" [syn: {settle}, {root}, {take root}, {steady down}, {settle down}]

8: become resolved, fixed, established, or quiet; "The roar settled to a thunder"; "The wind settled in the West"; "it is settling to rain"; "A cough settled in her chest"; "Her mood settled into lethargy"

9: establish or develop as a residence; "He settled the farm 200 years ago"; "This land was settled by Germans"

10: come to rest

11: arrange or fix in the desired order; "She settled the teacart"

12: accept despite lack of complete satisfaction; "We settled for a lower price"

13: end a legal dispute by arriving at a settlement; "The two parties finally settled"

14: dispose of; make a financial settlement

15: become clear by the sinking of particles; "the liquid gradually settled"

16: cause to become clear by forming a sediment (of liquids)

17: sink down or precipitate; "the mud subsides when the waters become calm" [syn: {subside}, {settle}]

18: fix firmly; "He ensconced himself in the chair" [syn: {ensconce}, {settle}]

19: get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury; "I finally settled with my old enemy" [syn: {settle}, {get back}]

20: make final; put the last touches on; put into final form; "let's finalize the proposal" [syn: {finalize}, {finalise}, {settle}, {nail down}]

21: form a community; "The Swedes settled in Minnesota"

22: come as if by falling; "Night fell"; "Silence fell" [syn: {fall}, {descend}, {settle}]

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