Set"tle, v. i. 1.
To become fixed or permanent; to become stationary; to establish
one's self or itself; to assume a lasting form, condition, direction,
or the like, in place of a temporary or changing state.
The wind came about and settled in the
Chyle . . . runs through all the intermediate colors
until it settles in an intense red.
2. To fix one's residence; to establish a
dwelling place or home; as, the Saxons who settled in
3. To enter into the married state, or the
state of a householder.
As people marry now and settle.
4. To be established in an employment or
profession; as, to settle in the practice of law.
5. To become firm, dry, and hard, as the
ground after the effects of rain or frost have disappeared; as, the
roads settled late in the spring.
6. To become clear after being turbid or
obscure; to clarify by depositing matter held in suspension; as, the
weather settled; wine settles by standing.
A government, on such occasions, is always thick before
it settles. Addison.
7. To sink to the bottom; to fall to the
bottom, as dregs of a liquid, or the sediment of a
8. To sink gradually to a lower level; to
subside, as the foundation of a house, etc.
9. To become calm; to cease from
Till the fury of his highness settle, Shak.
Come not before him.
10. To adjust differences or accounts; to come
to an agreement; as, he has settled with his
11. To make a jointure for a wife.
He sighs with most success that settles
Set"tle, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Settled (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Settling (?).] [OE. setlen, AS. setlan.
√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 like.
And he settled his countenance steadfastly upon
him, until he was ashamed. 2 Kings viii. 11. (Rev.
The father thought the time drew on
Of setting in the world his only son.
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
Hoping that sleep might settle his
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
It will settle the wavering, and confirm the
8. To adjust, as something in discussion; to
make up; to compose; to pacify; as, to settle a
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
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.
Set"tle (?), n. [OE. setel,
setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G.
sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. √154. See
Sit.] 1. A seat of any kind. [Obs.]
"Upon the settle of his majesty" Hampole.
2. A bench; especially, a bench with a high
3. A place made lower than the rest; a wide
step or platform lower than some other part.
And from the bottom upon the ground, even to the lower
settle, shall be two cubits, and the breadth one
cubit. Ezek. xliii. 14.
Settle bed, a bed convertible into a