settlings

settling

[set-ling, -l-ing]
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that settles.
2.
Usually, settlings. sediment.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see settle1, -ing1

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settlings (ˈsɛtlɪŋz)
 
pl n
any matter or substance that has settled at the bottom of a liquid; sediment; dregs

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settle
"come to rest," O.E. setlan, from setl "a seat" (see settle (n.)). Sense of "establish a permanent residence" first recorded 1627; that of "decide" is 1621. Meaning "reconcile" (a quarrel, differences, etc.) perhaps is infl. by M.E. sahtlen "to reconcile," from O.E. saht
"reconciliation," from O.N. satt "reconciliation." Settled "firmly fixed" is attested from 1556.

settle
"long bench," O.E. setl "a seat, position, abode," related to sittan "to sit," from P.Gmc. *setla- (cf. M.L.G., M.Du. setel, Du. zetel, Ger. Sessel, Goth. sitls), from PIE *sedla- (cf. L. sella "seat, chair," O.C.S. sedlo "saddle," O.E. sadol "saddle"), from base *sed- "to sit" (see sedentary).
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