[ fet-ling ]
/ ˈfɛt lɪŋ /
the material with which the hearth of a puddling furnace is lined, usually a dolomite or refractory mixture.
Definition for fettling (2 of 2)
[ fet-l ]
/ ˈfɛt l /
state; condition: in fine fettle.
verb (used with object), fet·tled, fet·tling.
Ceramics. to remove mold marks from (a cast piece).
- to remove sand from (a casting).
- 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
I have heard the people here talk of "fettling" the hearth when they mean "clean up."Sarah's School Friend|May Baldwin
He is getting his saddle altered: fettling about this and that; does not consider what danger he is in.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. VII. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for fettling (1 of 2)
/ (ˈfɛtlɪŋ) /
a refractory material used to line the hearth of puddling furnacesAlso called: fettle
British Dictionary definitions for fettling (2 of 2)
/ (ˈfɛtəl) /
to remove (excess moulding material and casting irregularities) from a cast component
to line or repair (the walls of a furnace)
- to prepare or arrange (a thing, oneself, etc), esp to put a finishing touch to
- 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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Medicine definitions for fettling
[ fĕt′l ]
Proper or sound condition.
Mental or emotional state; spirits.
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