settling

Definitions

  • Settling the Irish Question 115
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n settling a gradual sinking to a lower level
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE MODERN WAY OF SETTLING DIFFERENCES THE MODERN WAY OF SETTLING DIFFERENCES
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Now, Miss Jo, I'll settle you Now, Miss Jo, I'll settle you
QUEEN ANNE OAK SETTLE QUEEN ANNE OAK SETTLE
QUEEN ANNE OAK SETTLE. DATED 1705 QUEEN ANNE OAK SETTLE. DATED 1705

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."
    • Settling That which settles at the bottom of a liquid; lees; dregs; sediment.
    • Settling The act of one who, or that which, settles; the act of establishing one's self, of colonizing, subsiding, adjusting, etc.
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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 settling The act of one who or that which settles, in any sense of that word.
    • n settling plural Lees; dregs; sediment.
    • n settling Reconciliation.
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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.
    • Settling the act of making a settlement: the act of subsiding: the adjustment of differences: sediment: dregs
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Quotations

  • Maureen Dowd
    Maureen Dowd
    “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “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
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    “Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.”
  • C. S. Lewis
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    “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
    Aristotle
    “It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.”

Idioms

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.
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Her mind did become settled, but it was settled in a gloomy dejection.
"Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
Ye'll have to cut that mop and settle down like a woman should.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
We settled on a farm near Morristown.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Colonel Vallier may have settled his trouble with Professor Scotch, but mine is not settled with you.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
So that's all settled.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
So that's settled, Mr.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
And then it was better for a doctor to be married and settled.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The question was settled to their satisfaction, at least.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
And, when everything is settled, I am of the opinion you will live with us, for a while at least.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Have you come to settle yourself altogether at Littlebath, Miss Mackenzie?
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

YE gentle days that once were mine,
In every charm of life array'd,
No more awaken my regret,
No more my settled peace invade.
"Retired Hours" by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper
"Our old house looks so solid,
So settled and arranged;
The front gate creaks the same old creak,
The chimneys haven't changed.
"September" by Nancy Byrd Turner
“As if with marriage came the end,
The entrance into settled rest,
The calm to which love’s tossings tend,
The quiet breast.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
And—I remarked—though whilst debating,
'Twas settled what they sought,
There was completest vindicating
Of unrestricted thought.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
And those mighty tyrant-blasters
Settled into slaves again;
They had only changed their masters,
And that change was worse than vain.
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
Nor Art itself brings settled peace,
Until the mind is schooled to know
That gusts subside and tumults cease
Only in sunset's afterglow.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Evaluate 3D one year after it was perhaps over-hyped by various industry types at IBC 2010—what is the reality settling down into.
A claim against Iran by ARCO stemming from the 1979 revolution in Iran was settled for $9 million in the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, a tribunal source said.
A federal judge has ordered Appalachian Regional Healthcare and a Medicaid managed-care provider to try to settle differences that threaten access to care for thousands of poor, disabled and elderly people in Eastern Kentucky.
Two days after Washington's 41-3 whitewashing at third-ranked LSU, head coach Steve Sarkisian's stomach still hadn't settled.
Tuan and Yuan Yuan settle in at their new home at the Taipei Zoo.
OAKLAND — Mississippi could soon settle its 2007 lawsuit against the firms that built the financially disastrous beef plant in the Yalobusha County town of Oakland.
Even before the Thanksgiving dinner had settled in stomachs Thursday, retailers across the Bay Area flung open their doors to eager shoppers looking for great holiday gift buys.
Another unfolded after he settled into his office.
Osceola County's newly elected Clerk of Court settled almost $6,000 in debts today.
Settling it Off (Live on 89.3 The Current MPR / Nate Ryan).
Settling it Off (Live on 89.3 The Current).
Sullivan & Cromwell Settles With Aaron Charney.
Crossing guard 's family ready to settle.
A judgment issued against a couple who owned a business that included prostitution has been settled in court.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Defending Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund lost more ground to Bayern Munich when it conceded a late goal and had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Hannover on Sunday.
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In science:

We start with one of its solutions Φ0 (X, a, λ), whose existence and asymptotic behavior have been settled in the Sibuya’s theorem 1.
On the simpleness of zeros of Stokes multipliers
The relation to the return probability to a fixed, ‘deterministic’ starting point in the case of invariant percolation is settled for random partial graphs of unimodular graphs by the following lemma.
An interlacing technique for spectra of random walks and its application to finite percolation clusters
More fundamental questions have not yet been settled.
Comment on "Jamming at zero temperature and zero applied stress: The epitome of disorder"
On the other hand, for the other basic case when the entries are i.i.d Bernoulli random variables (copies of η1 ), the situation is far from being settled.
Inverse Littlewood-Offord theorems and the condition number of random discrete matrices
It would be interesting to settle the open question whether there are stable examples of this type.
Geometric Analysis and General Relativity
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