- the material with which the hearth of a puddling furnace is lined, usually a dolomite or refractory mixture.
Origin of fettling
- state; condition: in fine fettle.
- 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
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
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.)
- a refractory material used to line the hearth of puddling furnacesAlso called: fettle
- to remove (excess moulding material and casting irregularities) from a cast component
- to line or repair (the walls of a furnace)
- British dialect
- 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 and History for fettling
"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."
- Proper or sound condition.
- Mental or emotional state; spirits.