Origin of settling
verb (used with object), set·tled, set·tling.
- to secure (property, title, etc.) on or to a person by formal or legal process.
- to terminate (legal proceedings) by mutual consent of the parties.
verb (used without object), set·tled, set·tling.
- to become established in some routine, especially upon marrying, after a period of independence or indecision.
- to become calm or quiet.
- to apply oneself to serious work: There were so many distractions that we weren't able to settle down to studying.
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Contemporary Examples of settling
The stench of corruption is settling over world soccer like a poisonous fog, and players are paying the price.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
December 8, 2014
Some 7,000 Confederates set sail for Brazil in the aftermath of the American Civil War, settling in a city called Americana.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, July 13, 2014
July 13, 2014
Yet, bloodthirstiness is not the objective of vengeance; getting even and settling the score most certainly is.Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story
July 10, 2014
Settling over wilderness areas everywhere, like a deadly fog, is the scourge of our time: global warming.American Wilderness Faces the Firing Squad
July 6, 2014
Arab traders began traveling to the Kenya coast beginning the first century A.D. and settling on the coast in the 17th century.Militants ‘Executed Non-Muslims’ at Kenyan World Cup Watch Party
June 16, 2014
Historical Examples of settling
The settling of this region well deserves a place in history.The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boone
This has not been his fault but his misfortune—the settling of an estate, it may be, or the death of a master.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Her act of abandonment was really an arrangement for settling her son permanently in life.The Secret Agent
She had disappeared, and I supposed she was just settling under water.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The solicitor was by no means pleased with this way of settling the matter.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Word Origin for settle
Word Origin for settle
"come to rest," Old English setlan "cause to sit, place, put," from setl "a seat" (see settle (n.)). Related: Settling. Cf. German siedeln "to settle, colonize."
From c.1300 of birds, etc., "to alight." From early 14c. as "sink down, descend; cave in." Early 15c. in reference to suspended particles in a liquid. Sense of "establish a permanent residence" first recorded 1620s; that of "decide" is 1620s. Meaning "secure title to by deed" is from 1660s.
Meaning "reconcile" (a quarrel, differences, etc.) perhaps is influenced by Middle English sahtlen "to reconcile," from Old English saht "reconciliation," from Old Norse satt "reconciliation." To settle down "become content" is from 1853; transitive sense from 1520s; as what married couples do in establishing domesticity, from 1718. To settle for "content oneself with" is from 1943.
"long bench," 1550s, from Middle English setle "a seat," from Old English setl "a seat, stall; position, abode; setting of a heavenly body," related to sittan "to sit," from Proto-Germanic *setla- (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch setel, Dutch zetel, German Sessel, Gothic sitls), from PIE *sedla- (cf. Latin sella "seat, chair," Old Church Slavonic sedlo "saddle," Old English sadol "saddle"), from root *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).