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v. set·tled, set·tling, set·tles
1. To end or resolve (a dispute, for example) by making a decision or coming to an agreement. See Synonyms at decide.
2. Law
a. To resolve (a lawsuit or dispute) by mutual agreement of the parties rather than by court decision.
b. To make the determinations and distributions of (a trust).
a. To make compensation for (a claim).
b. To pay (a debt).
a. To put into order; arrange as desired: settle one's affairs.
b. To place or arrange in a desired position: settled the blanket over the baby; settled herself in an armchair.
c. To agree to or fix in advance: settled the date of the meeting in June.
a. To establish as a resident or residents: settled her family in Ohio.
b. To migrate to and establish residence in; colonize: Pioneers settled the West.
c. To establish in a residence, business, or profession: was finally settled in his own law practice.
6. To restore calmness or comfort to: The hot tea settled his nerves.
a. To cause to sink, become compact, or come to rest: shook the box to settle the raffle tickets.
b. To cause (a liquid) to become clear by forming a sediment.
1. To discontinue moving and come to rest in one place: The ball settled in the grass near the green.
2. To move downward; sink or descend, especially gradually: Darkness settled over the fields. Dust settled in the road.
a. To become clear by the sinking of suspended particles. Used of liquids.
b. To be separated from a solution or mixture as a sediment.
c. To become compact by sinking, as sediment when stirred up.
a. To establish one's residence: settled in Canada.
b. To become established or localized: The cold settled in my chest.
5. To reach a decision; decide: We finally settled on a solution to the problem.
6. To come to an agreement, especially to resolve a lawsuit out of court.
a. To provide compensation for a claim.
b. To pay a debt.
A long wooden bench with a high back, often including storage space beneath the seat.
Phrasal Verbs:
settle down
1. To begin living a stable and orderly life: He settled down as a farmer with a family.
2. To become calm or composed.
settle for
To accept in spite of incomplete satisfaction: had to settle for a lower wage than the one requested.
settle (one's) stomach
To relieve one's indigestion or nausea.
settle (someone's) hash Slang
To silence or subdue.

[Middle English setlen, to seat, from Old English setlan, from setl, seat; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]

set′tle·a·ble adj.
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Noun1.settling - a gradual sinking to a lower level
sinking - a descent as through liquid (especially through water); "they still talk about the sinking of the Titanic"
References in classic literature ?
I told him I was troubled because I found we must shift our quarters and alter our scheme of settling, for that I found I should be known if I stayed in that part of the country; for that my mother being dead, several of my relations were come into that part where we then was, and that I must either discover myself to them, which in our present circumstances was not proper on many accounts, or remove; and which to do I knew not, and that this it was that made me so melancholy and so thoughtful.
Under the certain oppression of this weight upon my mind, I laboured in the case I have been naming; and the only relief I found for it was to let my husband into so much of it as I thought would convince him of the necessity there was for us to think of settling in some other part of the world; and the next consideration before us was, which part of the English settlements we should go to.
I would gladly have sent my husband away to Caroline with all our goods, and have come after myself, but this was impracticable; he would never stir without me, being himself perfectly unacquainted with the country, and with the methods of settling there or anywhere else.
Upon those considerations, I went on with telling my husband the absolute necessity there was of our not settling in Potomac River, at least that we should be presently made public there; whereas if we went to any other place in the world, we should come in with as much reputation as any family that came to plant; that, as it was always agreeable to the inhabitants to have families come among them to plant, who brought substance with them, either to purchase plantations or begin new ones, so we should be sure of a kind, agreeable reception, and that without any possibility of a discovery of our circumstances.
And in token of all now being well and satisfactory, she opened her mouth a little, smacked her lips, and settling her sticky lips more comfortably about her old teeth, she sank into blissful repose.
Why, no, I can't say I am settling down," said Richard, strongly emphasizing "down," as if that expressed the difficulty, "because one can't settle down while this business remains in such an unsettled state.
The thing didn't succeed; but, no matter, the handkerchief will tell in settling up.
I was far too sensible a man to leave the settling of that question to him.
I see but one amicable way of settling this dispute, which is as follows:--do you make a choice among your boys of any you will, and let us walk off together for the matter of a few miles into the prairies; the one who stays behind, can never trouble any man's house or his fixen, and the one who comes back may make the best of his way he can, in the good wishes of the young woman.
This process deprived patent owners of the opportunity to eliminate the risk of an invalidity finding by settling.
He discusses the many uses of the term--"settling down," "settling in," "settling up," "settling for," and "settling on"--and then advocates the value of settling as an aid to planning, commitment, trust, and the social fabric.
Gold for August delivery briefly topped $1,250 an ounce before settling up $18.