American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Metallurgy Fettle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In metallurgy, the lining of the hearth forming the working-bed of the puddling-furnace. It was formerly made of sand, when dry puddling was the method employed; but, with the present system of pig boiling or wet puddling, refractory substances rich in the oxids of iron are employed as fettling. See puddle, bulldog, and blue-billy. Different fettlings are used according to the class of iron to be produced.
- n. The repairing or preparation of a machine or part of a machine.
- n. The process of cleaning castings after they leave the foundry sand, including the chipping off of runners, fins, and scabs, filing rough spots, cleaning sand from the surfaces, and cleaning out cores.
- n. The repairing of the hearth of a puddling-furnace by the use of iron ore rich in oxygen.
- n. In ceramics, the process of evening the glaze on the surface of biscuit-ware before it is tired in the glost-kiln. After the ware has been dipped in the liquid glaze and allowed to dry, the excess of dry glaze is scraped out of the hollows and perforations. The surface is then retouched with a brush in spots which are thin or bare.
- v. present participle of fettle.
- n. UK A mixture of ore, cinders, etc., used to line the hearth of a puddling furnace.
- n. The operation of shaving or smoothing the surface of undried clay ware.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Metal.), engraving A mixture of ore, cinders, etc., used to line the hearth of a puddling furnace.
- n. (Pottery) The operation of shaving or smoothing the surface of undried clay ware.
“I have heard the people here talk of "fettling" the hearth when they mean "clean up.”
“Was there ever such a man?" said Mr. Mordacks to himself, as he rode back to Flamborough against the bitter wind, after "fettling" the affairs of the poor Carroways, as well as might be for the present.”
“The fettling in the cabin and engine bay is incomparably purrr-fect.”
“For instance, publishing non-sensitive evidence information raw as soon as it is received, not at the end of the process after a lot of fettling.”
“With songs like “Debe Kiki” singing about the afternoon train from Tom Price in W.A., “226” about the rail camp 226 miles along the Richmond line and “Kara 32” along the Mount Isa line, Father Tapim and his fettling gangs mapped outback Queensland and W.A. in song.”
“A striking feature of the songs is that unlike much contemporary Indigenous song writing, the fettling gangs of Torres Strait Islanders in the sixties, seventies and eighties did not write predominately about home.”
“The work was tough, the sun fierce and the bosses fiercer still, but Father Tapim and his fettling gangs had the strength of song and the solace of company along every sleeper and spike.”
“Just don't invite Cyril for a group hug - unless you want your balls fettling.”
“I have spent the last few years collecting, fettling, and sending-on sewing machines for a charity that supports self-reliance projects in Africa and elsewhere”
“So far, Young Glaucus acted the dedicated athlete, fettling his fine body while unconscious of his handsome face.”
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