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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Settle  \Set"tle\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Settled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Settling}.]  [OE.  setlen,  AS  setlan.  [root]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}.] 
  1.  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 
  And  he  settled  his  countenance  steadfastly  upon  him 
  until  he  was  ashamed.  --2  Kings 
  viii.  11. 
  (Rev.  Ver.) 
  The  father  thought  the  time  drew  on  Of  setting  in 
  the  world  his  only  son.  --Dryden. 
  2.  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.  [U.  S.] 
  3.  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.  --Bunyan. 
  4.  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. 
  5.  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. 
  6.  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 
  7.  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.  --Swift. 
  8.  To  adjust  as  something  in  discussion;  to  make  up  to 
  compose;  to  pacify;  as  to  settle  a  quarrel. 
  9.  To  adjust  as  accounts;  to  liquidate;  to  balance;  as  to 
  settle  an  account. 
  10.  Hence  to  pay  as  to  settle  a  bill.  [Colloq.]  --Abbott. 
  11.  To  plant  with  inhabitants;  to  colonize;  to  people;  as 
  the  French  first  settled  Canada;  the  Puritans  settled  New 
  England;  Plymouth  was  settled  in  1620. 
  {To  settle  on}  or  {upon},  to  confer  upon  by  permanent  grant; 
  to  assure  to  ``I  .  .  .  have  settled  upon  him  a  good 
  annuity.''  --Addison. 
  {To  settle  the  land}  (Naut.),  to  cause  it  to  sink,  or  appear 
  lower,  by  receding  from  it 
  Syn:  To  fix;  establish;  regulate;  arrange;  compose;  adjust 
  determine;  decide. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Settling  \Set"tling\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  one  who  or  that  which  settles;  the  act  of 
  establishing  one's  self  of  colonizing,  subsiding, 
  adjusting,  etc 
  2.  pl  That  which  settles  at  the  bottom  of  a  liquid;  lees; 
  dregs;  sediment.  --Milton. 
  {Settling  day},  a  day  for  settling  accounts,  as  in  the  stock 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  gradual  sinking  to  a  lower  level  [syn:  {subsiding},  {subsidence}] 

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