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[set-ling, -l-ing]
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  1. the act of a person or thing that settles.
  2. Usually settlings. sediment.
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Origin of settling

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

  • Put them in a stewpan, and drain the liquor from the settlings.

    The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;

    Charlotte Campbell Bury

  • When you decant it, be careful not to disturb the settlings at the bottom of the pan.

  • The last traces of settlings, will be removed and the liquid will be clear.

  • He went around, and approached from up-stream, awfully careful not to make any noise or raise any settlings.

  • In all settlings the longer time this operation is permitted to continue, the better will the subsequent operations proceed.

    Soap-Making Manual

    E. G. Thomssen

British Dictionary definitions for settlings


pl n
  1. any matter or substance that has settled at the bottom of a liquid; sediment; dregs
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