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fettling

[fet-ling] /ˈfɛt lɪŋ/
noun, Metallurgy
1.
the material with which the hearth of a puddling furnace is lined, usually a dolomite or refractory mixture.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; fettle + -ing1

fettle

[fet-l] /ˈfɛt l/
noun
1.
state; condition:
in fine fettle.
verb (used with object), fettled, fettling.
2.
Ceramics. to remove mold marks from (a cast piece).
3.
Metallurgy.
  1. to remove sand from (a casting).
  2. to repair the hearth of (an open-hearth furnace).
Origin
1300-50; Middle English fetle to shape, prepare, back formation from fetled, Old English *fetelede girded up, equivalent to fetel belt + -ede -ed2
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  • New equip- ment and processes are also being used in mold-making and fettling.
British Dictionary definitions for fettling

fettling

/ˈfɛtlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a refractory material used to line the hearth of puddling furnaces Also called fettle

fettle

/ˈfɛtəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to remove (excess moulding material and casting irregularities) from a cast component
2.
to line or repair (the walls of a furnace)
3.
(Brit, dialect)
  1. to prepare or arrange (a thing, oneself, etc), esp to put a finishing touch to
  2. to repair or mend (something)
noun
4.
state of health, spirits, etc (esp in the phrase in fine fettle)
5.
another name for fettling
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: to put in order): back formation from fetled girded up, from Old English fetel belt
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Word Origin and History for fettling

fettle

n.

"condition, state, trim," c.1750, Lancashire dialect, from fettle (v.) "to make ready, arrange" (14c.), perhaps from Old English fetel "a girdle, belt," from Proto-Germanic *fatiloz (cf. German fessel "fetter, chain," Old Norse fetill "strap, brace"), from *fat- "to hold."

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fettling in Medicine

fettle fet·tle (fět'l)
n.

  1. Proper or sound condition.

  2. Mental or emotional state; spirits.

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