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fettling

[fet-ling]
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noun Metallurgy.
  1. the material with which the hearth of a puddling furnace is lined, usually a dolomite or refractory mixture.

Origin of fettling

First recorded in 1860–65; fettle + -ing1

fettle

[fet-l]
noun
  1. state; condition: in fine fettle.
verb (used with object), fet·tled, fet·tling.
  1. Ceramics. to remove mold marks from (a cast piece).
  2. Metallurgy.
    1. to remove sand from (a casting).
    2. to repair the hearth of (an open-hearth furnace).

Origin of fettle

1300–50; Middle English fetle to shape, prepare, back formation from fetled, Old English *fetelede girded up, equivalent to fetel belt + -ede -ed2
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Examples from the Web for fettling

Historical Examples

  • I have heard the people here talk of "fettling" the hearth when they mean "clean up."

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    May Baldwin

  • He is getting his saddle altered: fettling about this and that; does not consider what danger he is in.


British Dictionary definitions for fettling

fettling

noun
  1. a refractory material used to line the hearth of puddling furnacesAlso called: fettle

fettle

verb (tr)
  1. to remove (excess moulding material and casting irregularities) from a cast component
  2. to line or repair (the walls of a furnace)
  3. British dialect
    1. to prepare or arrange (a thing, oneself, etc), esp to put a finishing touch to
    2. to repair or mend (something)
noun
  1. state of health, spirits, etc (esp in the phrase in fine fettle)
  2. another name for fettling

Word Origin

C14 (in the sense: to put in order): back formation from fetled girded up, from Old English fetel belt
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Word Origin and History for fettling

fettle

n.

"condition, state, trim," c.1750, Lancashire dialect, from fettle (v.) "to make ready, arrange" (14c.), perhaps from Old English fetel "a girdle, belt," from Proto-Germanic *fatiloz (cf. German fessel "fetter, chain," Old Norse fetill "strap, brace"), from *fat- "to hold."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fettling in Medicine

fettle

(fĕtl)
n.
  1. Proper or sound condition.
  2. Mental or emotional state; spirits.
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