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[ set-ling, -l-ing ]


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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of settling1

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; settle 1, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

One in which, through years of settling, as Isabel Wilkerson notes, reveals the cracks and rot beneath the surface.

From Time

At low tide, the lower Charles, including the area near Kendall Square, became a settling ground for sewage.

Plans began for the settling of the still undeveloped part of northern Manhattan.

From Time

The settling down of productions into this new normal was especially advantageous since production volume appears to have only ramped up.

From Digiday

The moment of new life is not the time for the settling of old scores.

The stench of corruption is settling over world soccer like a poisonous fog, and players are paying the price.

She walked for two days before settling into a makeshift camp.

For one thing, we are likely to see people settling in areas depending on their class status.

We loved Zellweger as Bridget Jones for owning her weight, finding love, and never settling for less than she deserved.

They drove through France before settling in Spain, where they rented rooms in a hostel in Malaga.

It is no good settling down in a world that, on its part, refuses to do anything of the sort.

The board will appoint a settling agent who shall keep the necessary records and accounts.

On May 13, in a speech which charmed the House, Mr. Townshend opened his plan for settling the colonial question.

"Stiff and cold," said Dorothy, her teeth chattering in her head, and a deeper pallor settling on her face.

From this description I have little hesitation in settling Cape Leveque to be the point he passed round.





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