American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Proper or sound condition.
- n. Mental or emotional state; spirits: was in fine fettle.
- n. Metallurgy Loose sand or ore used to line the hearth of a reverberatory furnace in preparation for pouring molten metal.
- v. Metallurgy To line the hearth of (a reverberatory furnace) with loose sand or ore in preparation for pouring molten metal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bind; tie up.
- To arrange; prepare; put in order; repair; mend.
- To beat; thrash.
- Toline(the hearth of a puddling-furnace). See fettling.
- Fettled ale or porter, ale or porter sweetened with sugar and seasoned with a little ginger and nutmeg.
- To potter; set about in a fussy, pottering way; do trifling business.
- n. The state of being prepared, or in good repair or condition: as, he is in splendid fettle to-day.
- n. A handle in the side of a large basket.
- Neat; tight; handy.
- n. A state of proper physical condition; kilter or trim.
- n. One's mental state; spirits.
- n. Sand used to line a furnace.
- n. Geordie A person's mood or state, often assuming the worst.
- n. ceramics a seam line left by the meeting of mold pieces.
- n. UK, dialect The act of fettling.
- v. Northern England To sort out, to fix, to mend, to repair.
- v. transitive To line the hearth of a furnace with sand prior to pouring molten metal.
- v. transitive, Geordie To be upset or in bad mood.
- v. In ceramics, to remove (as by sanding) the seam lines left by the meeting of two molds.
- v. UK, cycling, slang To repair or tune a bicycle.
- v. transitive (archaic) To prepare.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Prov. Eng. To repair; to prepare; to put in order.
- v. (Metal.) To cover or line with a mixture of ore, cinders, etc., as the hearth of a puddling furnace.
- v. Prov. Eng. To make preparations; to put things in order; to do trifling business.
- n. Prov. Eng. The act of fettling.
- n. a state of fitness and good health
- v. remove mold marks or sand from (a casting)
- Old English fetel. (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English fetlen, to make ready, possibly from Old English fetel, girdle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Please accept this simple three minute virtual coaching session as a substitute for my absence and distraction and I promise to be back in fine 'fettle' next week.”
“Without another word she left the room, clattering her heavy shoes at the door; and Mordacks foresaw a sad encounter on the morrow, without a good breakfast to "fettle" him for it.”
“Still in fine fettle at the age of 87, Ruth Young, a retired Oakland school nurse, jumped at the chance, she said, to “spit for the cause.””
“We have had a very pleasing vacance, and now return to you in fine fettle, ready to tear apart your uninspired literary efforts with renewed vigor!”
“I foolishly left the information brochures for SF Canada on my desk at home and had to fettle up something rough-and-ready on my netbook.”
“Those fifty-one days of fine sailing and intense sobriety had put me in splendid fettle.”
“The USA line-up looks better in terms of the world rankings it contains five of the world's top 20, compared to Europe's one, Pettersen but recent form suggests the home team may be in better fettle.”
“The bus driver was initially reported in serious condition; on KTTV/11 FOX News that night, his fiancÃ© reported she had seem him and he was in good condition, and showed photos of him she had just taken and he appeared in reasonably fine fettle.”
“The bus driver was initially reported in serious condition; on KTTV/11 FOX News that night, his fiancé reported she had seem him and he was in good condition, and showed photos of him she had just taken and he appeared in reasonably fine fettle.”
“The smoke monster has in fine fettle this week, too.”
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