Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms.
a. Proper or sound condition.
b. Mental or emotional state; spirits: was in fine fettle.
2. Metallurgy Loose sand or ore used to line the hearth of a reverberatory furnace in preparation for pouring molten metal.
tr.v. fet·tled, fet·tling, fet·tles Metallurgy
To line the hearth of (a reverberatory furnace) with loose sand or ore in preparation for pouring molten metal.
[From Middle English fetlen, to make ready, possibly from Old English fetel, girdle.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Mechanical Engineering) to remove (excess moulding material and casting irregularities) from a cast component
2. (Metallurgy) to line or repair (the walls of a furnace)
a. to prepare or arrange (a thing, oneself, etc), esp to put a finishing touch to
b. to repair or mend (something)
4. state of health, spirits, etc (esp in the phrase in fine fettle)
5. (Metallurgy) another name for fettling
[C14 (in the sense: to put in order): back formation from fetled girded up, from Old English fetel belt]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
n., v. -tled, -tling. n.
1. state; condition: in fine fettle.v.t.
a. to remove mold marks or sand from (a casting).
b. to repair the hearth of (an open-hearth furnace).
[1300–50; Middle English fetlen to shape, prepare, back formation from fetled, Old English *fetelede girded up]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: fettled
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||fettle - a state of fitness and good health; "in fine fettle"|
|Verb||1.||fettle - remove mold marks or sand from (a casting)|
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
fettle[ˈfɛtəl] n (British) in fine fettle → en pleine forme
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
fettle[ˈfɛtl] n (Brit) in fine fettle → in gran forma
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995