Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. dirt; filth
  • n. rubbish or refuse consisting of broken rock inholding little or no ore; especially, the worthless rock left over once the ore has been selected.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Rubbish or refuse consisting of broken rock containing little or no ore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete form of ettle.
  • n. Dirt; filth; rubbish; specifically, the refuse or worthless rock which remains after the ore has been selected from the material obtained by mining: a term originally Cornish, but extensively used in other mining regions in both England and America.

Etymologies

Dialectal (Cornish) variation of addle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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    Ancient Mining on the Shores of Lake Superior

  • a vast accumulation of "attle," or refuse stone, that had been taken from the artificial gap and deposited there.

    Ancient Mining on the Shores of Lake Superior

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  • The plans include, for the first time, posting full-time inspectors at some of the nation's busiest ports including Long Beach, Calif., and S.attle, and implementing a new import-tracking surveillance system in cooperation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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  • Victor J. Barry, D.D.S. S.attle S.iss legislators humiliate their own dignity while attempting to stifle needed innovation in crop genetics.

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  • And, I think it may be ab attle fought with property in addition to product liability and tort.

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  • Let's just start with APEC, representing the fastest growing region in the world and the fastest growing countries in that region, the President invited all the leaders, the first time all the Asian leaders have gotten together with a U.S. President since 1966 to S.attle, developed a trade investment framework.

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