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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v settle come as if by falling "Night fell","Silence fell"
    • v settle take up residence and become established "The immigrants settled in the Midwest"
    • v settle form a community "The Swedes settled in Minnesota"
    • v settle become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style "He finally settled down"
    • v settle make final; put the last touches on; put into final form "let's finalize the proposal"
    • v settle establish or develop as a residence "He settled the farm 200 years ago","This land was settled by Germans"
    • v settle become resolved, fixed, established, or quiet "The roar settled to a thunder","The wind settled in the West","it is settling to rain","A cough settled in her chest","Her mood settled into lethargy"
    • v settle bring to an end; settle conclusively "The case was decided","The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff","The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance"
    • v settle settle conclusively; come to terms "We finally settled the argument"
    • v settle end a legal dispute by arriving at a settlement "The two parties finally settled"
    • v settle come to terms "After some discussion we finally made up"
    • v settle accept despite lack of complete satisfaction "We settled for a lower price"
    • v settle get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury "I finally settled with my old enemy"
    • v settle arrange or fix in the desired order "She settled the teacart"
    • v settle fix firmly "He ensconced himself in the chair"
    • v settle sink down or precipitate "the mud subsides when the waters become calm"
    • v settle cause to become clear by forming a sediment (of liquids)
    • v settle become clear by the sinking of particles "the liquid gradually settled"
    • v settle come to rest
    • v settle settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground "dust settled on the roofs"
    • v settle go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
    • v settle dispose of; make a financial settlement
    • n settle a long wooden bench with a back
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Now, Miss Jo, I'll settle you Now, Miss Jo, I'll settle you

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Author Robert May considered the names of Reginald and Rollo before he settled on "Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer."
    • Settle A bench; especially, a bench with a high back.
    • Settle A place made lower than the rest; a wide step or platform lower than some other part. "And from the bottom upon the ground, even to the lower settle , shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit."
    • Settle A seat of any kind. "Upon the settle of his majesty"
    • Settle Hence, to pay; as, to settle a bill.
    • Settle To adjust differences or accounts; to come to an agreement; as, he has settled with his creditors.
    • Settle To adjust, as accounts; to liquidate; to balance; as, to settle an account.
    • Settle To adjust, as something in discussion; to make up; to compose; to pacify; as, to settle a quarrel.
    • Settle To be established in an employment or profession; as, to settle in the practice of law.
    • Settle To become calm; to cease from agitation. "Till the fury of his highness settle ,
      Come not before him."
    • Settle To become clear after being turbid or obscure; to clarify by depositing matter held in suspension; as, the weather settled; wine settles by standing. "A government, on such occasions, is always thick before it settles ."
    • Settle To become firm, dry, and hard, as the ground after the effects of rain or frost have disappeared; as, the roads settled late in the spring.
    • Settle To become fixed or permanent; to become stationary; to establish one's self or itself; to assume a lasting form, condition, direction, or the like, in place of a temporary or changing state. "The wind came about and settled in the west.""Chyle . . . runs through all the intermediate colors until it settles in an intense red."
    • Settle To cause to be no longer in a disturbed condition; to render quiet; to still; to calm; to compose. "God settled then the huge whale-bearing lake.""Hoping that sleep might settle his brains."
    • Settle To cause to sink; to lower; to depress; hence, also, to render close or compact; as, to settle the contents of a barrel or bag by shaking it.
    • Settle To clear of dregs and impurities by causing them to sink; to render pure or clear; -- said of a liquid; as, to settle coffee, or the grounds of coffee.
    • Settle To determine, as something which is exposed to doubt or question; to free from unscertainty or wavering; to make sure, firm, or constant; to establish; to compose; to quiet; as, to settle the mind when agitated; to settle questions of law; to settle the succession to a throne; to settle an allowance. "It will settle the wavering, and confirm the doubtful."
    • Settle To enter into the married state, or the state of a householder. "As people marry now and settle ."
    • Settle To establish in the pastoral office; to ordain or install as pastor or rector of a church, society, or parish; as, to settle a minister.
    • Settle To fix one's residence; to establish a dwelling place or home; as, the Saxons who settled in Britain.
    • Settle To make a jointure for a wife. "He sighs with most success that settles well."
    • Settle To place in a fixed or permanent condition; to make firm, steady, or stable; to establish; to fix; esp., to establish in life; to fix in business, in a home, or the like. "And he settled his countenance steadfastly upon him, until he was ashamed.""The father thought the time drew on
      Of setting in the world his only son."
    • Settle To plant with inhabitants; to colonize; to people; as, the French first settled Canada; the Puritans settled New England; Plymouth was settled in 1620.
    • Settle To restore or bring to a smooth, dry, or passable condition; -- said of the ground, of roads, and the like; as, clear weather settles the roads.
    • Settle To sink gradually to a lower level; to subside, as the foundation of a house, etc.
    • Settle To sink to the bottom; to fall to the bottom, as dregs of a liquid, or the sediment of a reserveir.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's."
    • n settle A seat; a bench; a ledge.
    • n settle Specifically, a seat longer than a chair; a bench with a high back and arms, made to accommodate two or more persons. Old settles were usually of oak, and were often made with a chest or coffer under the seat. Compare box-settle and long settle, below.
    • n settle A seat fixed or placed at the foot of a bedstead.
    • n settle A part of a platform lower than another part.
    • n settle One of the successive platforms or stages leading up from the floor to the great altar of the Jewish Temple.
    • settle To place in a fixed or permanent position or condition; confirm; establish, as for residence or business.
    • settle To establish or fix, as in any way of life, or in any business, office, or charge: as, to settle a young man in a trade or profession; to settle a daughter by marriage; to settle a clergyman in a parish.
    • settle To set or fix, as in purpose or intention.
    • settle To adjust; put in position; cause to sit properly or firmly: as, to settle one's cloak in the wind; to settle one's feet in the stirrups.
    • settle To change from a disturbed or troubled state to one of tranquillity, repose, or security; quiet; still; hence, to calm the agitation of; compose: as, to settle the mind when disturbed or agitated.
    • settle To change from a turbid or muddy condition to one of clearness; clear of dregs; clarify.
    • settle To cause to sink to the bottom, as sediment.
    • settle To render compact, firm, or solid; hence, to bring to a dry, passable condition: as, the fine weather will settle the roads.
    • settle To plant with inhabitants; colonize; people: as, the Puritans settled New England.
    • settle To devolve, make over, or secure by formal or legal process or act: as, to settle an annuity on a person.
    • settle Synonyms To fix, institute, ordain.
    • settle To become set or fixed: as sume a continuing, abiding, or lasting position, form, or condition; become stationary, from a temporary or changing state; stagnate.
    • settle To establish a residence; take up permanent habitation or abode.
    • settle To be established in a way of life; quit an irregular and desultory for a methodical life; be established in an employment or profession; especially, to enter the married state or the state of a householder, or to be ordained or in stalled over a church or congregation: as, to settle in life: often with down.
    • settle To become clear; purify itself; become clarified, as a liquid.
    • settle To sink down more or less gradually; subside; descend: often with on or upon.
    • settle Specifically.
    • settle To fall to the bottom, as sediment.
    • settle To sink, as the foundations or floors of a building; become lowered, as by the yielding of earth or timbers be neath: as, the house has settled.
    • settle To become compact and hard by drying: as, the roads settle after rain or the melting of snow.
    • settle To alight, as a bird on a bough or on the ground.
    • settle To become calm; cease to be agitated.
    • settle To resolve; determine; decide; fix: as, they have not yet settled on a house.
    • settle To make a jointure for a wife.
    • settle To reconcile.
    • settle To determine: decide, as something in doubt or debate; bring to a conclusion; con clude: confirm; free from uncertainty or wavering: as, to settle a dispute; to settle a vexatious question; to settle one's mind.
    • settle To fix: appoint; set, as a date or day.
    • settle To set in order; regulate; dispose of.
    • settle To reduce to order or good behavior; give a quietus to: as, he was inclined to be insolent, but I soon settled him.
    • settle To liquidate: balance; pay: as, to settle an account, claim, or score.
    • settle To become reconciled; be at peace.
    • settle To adjust differences, claims, or accounts; come to an agreement: as, he has settled with his creditors.
    • settle To pay one's bill; discharge a claim or demand.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Marseilles is the oldest city in France. It was settled in about 6,000 B.C. by Ionian Greeks, who called it Massilia.
    • v.t Settle set′l to set or place in a fixed state: to fix: to establish in a situation or business: to render quiet, clear, &c.: to decide: to free from uncertainty: to quiet: to compose: to fix by gift or legal act: to adjust: to liquidate or pay: to colonise
    • v.i Settle to become fixed or stationary: to fix one's residence or habits of life (often with down): to grow calm or clear: to sink by its own weight: to sink to the bottom: to cease from agitation
    • v.t Settle set′l to decide, conclude: to fix, appoint: regulate: to pay, balance: to restore to good order
    • v.i Settle to adjust differences or accounts: to meet one's pecuniary obligations fully
    • n Settle set′l a long high-backed bench for sitting on:
    • n Settle set′l (B.) also, a platform lower than another part
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  • Maureen Dowd
    Maureen Dowd
    “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “People wish to be settled. It is only as far as they are unsettled that there is any hope for them.”
  • Anthony Delano
    Anthony Delano
    “She was not a women likely to settle for equality when sex gave her an advantage.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.”
  • Aristotle
    “It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.”


Settled on your lees - This is an old biblical idiom but still used. It refers to the lees (dregs, sediments) of wine or other liquids that settle in the bottom of the containing vessel if it is not disturbed. Hence, the idiom refers to someone or something that is at ease, not disturbed, or worried. Sometimes this also has reference to a false assurance.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. setlen, AS. setlan,. √154. See Settle (n.) In senses 7, 8, and 9 perhaps confused with OE. sahtlen, to reconcile, AS. sahtlian, fr. saht, reconciliation, sacon, to contend, dispute. Cf. Sake
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. setlsittan, to sit; Ger. sessel.


In literature:

Would I have him give up his aims, and settle down in the loveliest village in England?
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Nothing more is settled than was settled before.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
The contest over the slavery question was now supposed to be forever settled.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Her gaze settled on Buck.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
The question of paying the next year's interest was for the time settled.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
As May advances, the weather becomes settled, and the mornings are uncommonly fine.
"First History of New Brunswick" by Peter Fisher
Gordon Makimmon settled into a waking somnolence, lulled by the familiar, profound, withdrawn repose of the valley.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
He knew that he could never meet her again without killing her, unless this problem was settled.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Beth's great eyes settled upon him with sudden fixity.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
It was settled that M. and I should start work together.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham

In poetry:

The cherry-snows are falling now;
Down from the blossom-clouded sky
Of zephyr-troubled twig and bough,
In widely settling whirls they fly.
"The Cherry-Snows" by Clark Ashton Smith
Now, men of the North! will you join in the strife
For country, for freedom, for honor, for life?
The giant grows blind in his fury and spite,--
One blow on his forehead will settle the fight!
"The Last Charge" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And on that long, dread night, he thought,
Till it settled on his brain;
And his heart grew bold,...for, at break of morn,
He had reach'd a rock, where a cave was worn
By the surges of the main ....
"Basil" by Anne Bannerman
Now in the vex'd and heated air,
She draws fresh courage from despair;
She sees them gasp for breath;
Tho' fiercer flames around her sprung,
She settles on her dying young,
And welcomes social death!
"The Stork" by William Hayley
Silent the gold steals down
The west, and mystery
Moves deeper in their hearts and settles darker.
'Tis faded--the day's crown;
But strange and shadowy
They see the Unseen as night falls stark and starker.
"Sunset-Lovers" by Cale Young Rice
& then With raptures in her mouth she fled
the Cloud (for on a cloud she seemd to tread)
its curles unfolded & around her spread
My downy rest the warmth of fancy broke
& when my thoughts grew settled thus I spoke
"A Dream" by Thomas Parnell

In news:

Orioles starter Hammel flirts with no-no, settles for one-hit, 5-0 win vs Braves.
Sued by Massachusetts, Thai seafood exporter settles for $10,000.
You either have to remember to bring your kid a book, remember to bring your kid the right book, or settle for letting your kid go through your purse again.
Box Elder settles down after sloppy start to beat Region 5 foe Sky View.
Pennsylvania Democrats tend to settle their battles in public.
The Bruins ended up settling for a field goal on that drive.
Many voters love Rick Santorum's positions, but they're ready to settle for Romney's superior organization and presumed electability.
Just because the cold is settling in doesn't me we have to sacrifice our style.
Bushnell Settles Sex Score, Paul Rudd's Lucky Strike, and Baldwin's Beef Fetish.
Caliper , Carestream settle infringement lawsuits.
My husband and I recently ate dinner at the home of a friend who had just relocated and settled into her own place.
City shells out $250K to settle suit stemming from 2006 arrest.
The issue could be settled by the Senate this week.
Pity the snow geese that settled on lake berkeley as a stopover one stormy night in November 1995.
IN the days when Tea Party activists were crowding town hall meetings and Glenn Beck's fans were thronging the Washington Mall, a kind of existential despair settled over the American left.

In science:

Corollary 3.1 says that what is observed in the experiments after the initial settling-down time, is a B -attractor that is a component of the maximal B -attractor.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
Proof 2.8 Clearly the elements xg i and [x1 , x2 ]g are g th powers of geometric elements, settling the statement for odd g .
Large characteristic subgroups of surface groups not containing any simple loops
In both cases, after an initial transient, the mass settles on a stationary value with an error of less than 1%.
Simple excision of a black hole in 3+1 numerical relativity
While we do not have a criterion that settles the question completely, we have the following partial results: Theorem 3.1.
Explicit isoperimetric constants and phase transitions in the random-cluster model
On the theoretical side, there are many questions which must be settled.
The Utility of Quantum Field Theory