fettling

[fet-ling]
noun Metallurgy.
the material with which the hearth of a puddling furnace is lined, usually a dolomite or refractory mixture.

Origin:
1860–65; fettle + -ing1

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fettle

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

fettling (ˈfɛtlɪŋ)
 
n
Also called: fettle a refractory material used to line the hearth of puddling furnaces

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fettle
"condition, state, trim," c.1750, from v. sense "to make ready, arrange" (14c.), from O.E. fetel "a girdle, belt," from P.Gmc. *fatiloz (cf. Ger. fessel, O.N. fetill), from *fat- "to hold."
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fettle fet·tle (fět'l)
n.

  1. Proper or sound condition.

  2. Mental or emotional state; spirits.

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New equip- ment and processes are also being used in mold-making and fettling.
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