settling

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

noun

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

Origin of settling

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

Definition for settling (2 of 2)

settle

1
[ 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

1
before 1000; Middle English set(t)len, Old English setlan (attested once) to place, derivative of setl settle2; compare Dutch zetelen

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British Dictionary definitions for settling (1 of 2)

settle

1
/ (ˈsɛtəl) /

verb

Derived Forms

settleable, adjective

Word Origin for settle

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

British Dictionary definitions for settling (2 of 2)

settle

2
/ (ˈsɛtəl) /

noun

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
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