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

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English verb fetlen, fetelen, fatelen “to shape, prepare,” perhaps from Old English noun fetel “belt, girdle”
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British Dictionary definitions for fettle

/ (ˈfɛtəl) /

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

Word Origin for fettle

C14 (in the sense: to put in order): back formation from fetled girded up, from Old English fetel belt
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Medical definitions for fettle

[ fĕtl ]

Proper or sound condition.
Mental or emotional state; spirits.
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