[ set-ling, -l-ing ]
/ ˈsɛt lɪŋ, -l ɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that settles.
Usually settlings. sediment.

Nearby words

  1. settlement houses,
  2. settlement option,
  3. settlement worker,
  4. settler,
  5. settler's clock,
  6. settling tank,
  7. settlings,
  8. settlor,
  9. setula,
  10. setulose

Origin of settling

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at settle1, -ing1


[ set-l ]
/ ˈsɛt l /

verb (used with object), set·tled, set·tling.

verb (used without object), set·tled, set·tling.

Verb Phrases

Origin of settle

before 1000; Middle English set(t)len, Old English setlan (attested once) to place, derivative of setl settle2; compare Dutch zetelen

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for settling

British Dictionary definitions for settling


/ (ˈsɛtəl) /


Derived Formssettleable, adjective

Word Origin for settle

Old English setlan; related to Dutch zetelen; see settle ²


/ (ˈsɛtəl) /


a seat, for two or more people, usually made of wood with a high back and arms, and sometimes having a storage space in the boxlike seat

Word Origin for settle

Old English setl; related to Old Saxon, Old High German sezzal

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for settling
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper