settlement

Definitions

  • Making “trialls” of iron. Evidences of an earth oven or small furnace were discovered at Jamestown during archeological explorations. Small amounts of iron may have been smelted in the furnace during the early years of the settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    Making “trialls” of iron. Evidences of an earth oven or small furnace were discovered at Jamestown during archeological explorations. Small amounts of iron may have been smelted in the furnace during the early years of the settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n settlement termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities
    • n settlement the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies "the British colonization of America"
    • n settlement something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making "they finally reached a settlement with the union","they never did achieve a final resolution of their differences","he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of closure"
    • n settlement a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it
    • n settlement a community of people smaller than a town
    • n settlement a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government "the American colony in Paris"
    • n settlement an area where a group of families live together
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness...
The Pilgrim Settlement The Pilgrim Settlement
The Rhode Island Settlement The Rhode Island Settlement
The Pennsylvania Settlement The Pennsylvania Settlement
The Kentucky Settlement The Kentucky Settlement
THE WOMAN'S HOME IMPROVEMENT CLUB AT THE SETTLEMENT THE WOMAN'S HOME IMPROVEMENT CLUB AT THE SETTLEMENT
THE KINDERGARTEN OF THE COLLEGE SETTLEMENT THE KINDERGARTEN OF THE COLLEGE SETTLEMENT
YARD DAY AT THE SETTLEMENT YARD DAY AT THE SETTLEMENT

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Canada is an Indian word meaning "village" or "settlement."
    • Settlement A colony newly established; a place or region newly settled; as, settlement in the West.
    • Settlement A disposition of property for the benefit of some person or persons, usually through the medium of trustees, and for the benefit of a wife, children, or other relatives; jointure granted to a wife, or the act of granting it.
    • Settlement (Law) A settled place of abode; residence; a right growing out of residence; legal residence or establishment of a person in a particular parish or town, which entitles him to maintenance if a pauper, and subjects the parish or town to his support.
    • Settlement Bestowal, or giving possession, under legal sanction; the act of giving or conferring anything in a formal and permanent manner.
    • Settlement Establishment in life, in business, condition, etc.; ordination or installation as pastor.
    • Settlement (Arch) Fractures or dislocations caused by settlement.
    • Settlement Matter that subsides; settlings; sediment; lees; dregs.
    • Settlement That which is bestowed formally and permanently; the sum secured to a person; especially, a jointure made to a woman at her marriage; also, in the United States, a sum of money or other property formerly granted to a pastor in additional to his salary.
    • Settlement That which settles, or is settled, established, or fixed.
    • Settlement The act of peopling, or state of being peopled; act of planting, as a colony; colonization; occupation by settlers; as, the settlement of a new country.
    • Settlement The act of setting, or the state of being settled.
    • Settlement The act or process of adjusting or determining; composure of doubts or differences; pacification; liquidation of accounts; arrangement; adjustment; as, settlement of a controversy, of accounts, etc.
    • Settlement (Arch) The gradual sinking of a building, whether by the yielding of the ground under the foundation, or by the compression of the joints or the material.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The longest word in the english language is pneaumonaultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It's a lung disease contracted from breathing in too much volcanic dust settlement.
    • n settlement The act of settling, or the state of being settled.
    • n settlement Establishment in life; especially, establishment in a business or profession or in the married state.
    • n settlement The act of colonizing or peopling; colonization: as, the settlement of a new country.
    • n settlement The ordination or installation of a minister over a church or congregation.
    • n settlement Adjustment of af fairs, as the public affairs of a nation, with special reference to questions of succession to the throne, relations of church and state, etc.; also, the state of affairs as thus adjusted. Compare the phrase Act of Settlement, below.
    • n settlement In law:
    • n settlement The conveyance of property or the creation of estates therein to make future provision for one or more beneficiaries, usually of the family of the creator of the settlement, in such manner as to secure to them different interests, or to secure their expectancies in a different manner, from what would be done by a mere conveyance or by the statutes of descent and distribution. (See strict.) Thus, a marriage settlement is usually a gift or conveyance to a wife or in tended wife, or to trustees for her benefit or that of her self for life and her husband or children or both after her, in consideration of which she waives her right to claim dower or to succeed to his property on his death.
    • n settlement A bestowing or granting under legal sanction; the act of conferring anything in a formal and permanent manner.
    • n settlement A settled place of abode; residence; a right arising out of residence; legal residence or establishment of a person in a particular parish or town, which entitles him to maintenance if a pauper, and pledges the parish or town to his support.
    • n settlement A tract of country newly peopled or settled; a colony, especially a colony in its earlier stages: as, the British settlements in Australia; a back settlement.
    • n settlement In sparsely settled regions of the United States, especially in the South, a small village, as opposed to scattered houses.
    • n settlement That which settles or subsides; sediment; dregs; lees; settlings.
    • n settlement In building, etc., a subsidence or sinking, as of a wall or part of a wall, or the effect of such subsidence, often producing a cracked or unstable condition, binding or disadjustment of doors or shutters, etc.
    • n settlement A sum of money formerly allowed to a pastor in addition to his regular salary.
    • n settlement A pastor's homestead as furnished by a parish, by a gift either of land, with or with out buildings, or of money to be applied for its purchase.
    • n settlement The act or process of determining or deciding; the removal or reconciliation of differences or doubts; the liquidation of a claim or account; adjustment; arrangement: as, the settlement of a controversy; the settlement of a debt.
    • n settlement In pathology, determinate nosological position.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ekistics is the science of human settlements, including city or community planning and design.
    • Settlement act of settling: state of being settled: payment: arrangement: a colony newly settled: a subsidence or sinking of a wall, &c.: a sum newly settled on a woman at her marriage
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Quotations

  • Zsa Zsa Gabor
    Zsa Zsa Gabor
    “Conrad Hilton was very generous to me in the divorce settlement. He gave me 5, 000 Gideon Bibles.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. setlan, to fix—setl, a seat.

Usage

In literature:

On the banks of this stream they determined to make their settlement, and now (March, 1771) turned their faces homeward.
"The Adventures of Daniel Boone: the Kentucky rifleman" by Uncle Philip
It is commonly stated that in 1629 the British formed a settlement in New Providence, which they held till 1641, when the Spaniards expelled them.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
These principles of wage settlement would, it is believed, form a sound and forward looking policy of wage settlement for industrial peace.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis
Will you marry me at the settlement the morning I start?
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
The first settlement in the township was made in 1690.
"The Greatest Highway in the World" by Anonymous
With their stone axes they made clearings in the woods in which to place their settlements.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
A hundred settlements would be needed where there is one.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Suddenly, in the distance, the bright spire of the Settlement church came into view, and then the familiar cottages.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Hitherto we have seen nothing of the settlement, except the hotel and the goods warehouse on the bank above the wharf.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
In a moral and political point of view much good has likewise resulted from the settlement of America.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
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In poetry:

You knew, my pretty silken treasure,
I must not wed for love or pleasure,
But for a settlement and title;
Yet you encouraged his recital!
"La Derniere Robe De Soi" by Edith Nesbit
Transferred to the Eternal Settlement,
Each in his strait, wood-scantled office pent,
No longer Brown reverses Smith's appeals,
Or Jones records his Minute of Dissent.
"The Last Department" by Rudyard Kipling
Our eye must soon behold the appalling writing—
The settlement of proud Belshazzar's doom!
These timely buds must early feel a blighting—
This earthly strife—ah, 'tis a sorry fighting!
The victory—the Tomb!
"The Surviving Thought" by David James Scott
Thare the first griss-mill was put up in the Settlement, and we
Had tuck our grindin' to it in the Fall of Forty-three--
When we tuck our rifles with us, techin' elbows all the way,
And a-stickin' right together ev'ry minute, night and day.
"To My Old Friend, William Leachman" by James Whitcomb Riley
The oldest gyrl--the first that went--married and died right here;
The next lives in Winn's Settlement--for purt' nigh thirty year!
And youngest one--was allus far the old home here--but no!--
Her man turns in and he packs her 'way off to Idyho!
"The Old Home" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Settlement reached in Fayette school desegregation lawsuit.
Fort Payne's city school system reaches settlement with US Justice Department in 1963 desegregation case.
Fort Payne's city school system has reached a settlement in a nearly 50-year-old school desegregation lawsuit, the US Justice Department announced today.
McCallum called his settlement Palm City.
Apple, HTC settlement: Signs of disarmament .
States Diverting Housing Settlement Funds to Fill Budget Holes.
The NFL has tried unsuccessfully to have US District Court Judge David Doty thrown off the class-action settlement that governed the sport's labor matters for 20 years.
Drug Company To Pay $95 Million Settlement.
A $17 million settlement has been reached in the wrongful-death case of two Hungarian students killed in a duck boat collision with a barge in Philadelphia.
Marathon Wants Examiner for AMR's Embraer Settlement.
A former clerk has been ordered to return more than $69,000 to Kootenai County as part of her settlement for embezzling funds.
One of Richard Lee Dawley's books looks at an Amish settlement in Pinecraft, Florida.
Manhattan Judge Denny Chin has extended the deadline for a settlement to be reached between the Authors Guild and Google Books until 2012, reports Reuters.
BP to pay $4.5 billion in oil spill settlement.
Springs clinic part of national chain's $24 million settlement.
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In science:

We believe that the notion of strict determinism must be abandoned and that the settlement of the problem of the great unification in physics, even if it occurs, does not represent the end of physics.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
The oldest settlements in Venice had appeared from the 6th century in Dorsoduro, along the Giudecca Canal.
Sestieri of Venice
By the 11thcentury, settlement had spread across to the Grand Canal.
Sestieri of Venice
We give examples of intervals with a shortcut 3B{ 3A arising from three difierent settlements.
Second maximal subgroups of the finite alternating and symmetric groups
Bank for International Settlements, consultative document edition, 2003. Yoav Benjamini and Yosef Hochberg.
Validation of credit default probabilities via multiple testing procedures
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