Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Fettle.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The repairing or preparation of a machine or part of a machine.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The repairing of the hearth of a puddling-furnace by the use of iron ore rich in oxygen.
  • noun In ceramics, the process of evening the glaze on the surface of biscuit-ware before it is tired in the glost-kiln.
  • noun In metallurgy, the lining of the hearth forming the working-bed of the puddling-furnace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Metal.), engraving A mixture of ore, cinders, etc., used to line the hearth of a puddling furnace.
  • noun (Pottery) The operation of shaving or smoothing the surface of undried clay ware.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of fettle.
  • noun UK A mixture of ore, cinders, etc., used to line the hearth of a puddling furnace.
  • noun The operation of shaving or smoothing the surface of undried clay ware.

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Examples

  • I have heard the people here talk of "fettling" the hearth when they mean "clean up."

    Sarah's School Friend

  • "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.

    Mary Anerley : a Yorkshire Tale

  • The fettling in the cabin and engine bay is incomparably purrr-fect.

    The Best Sports Car, and Why to Skip It

  • 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.

    William Perrin: An Open Digital Iraq Inquiry

  • 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.

    Eastern Torres Strait Islander Songs

  • 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.

    Eastern Torres Strait Islander Songs

  • 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.

    Eastern Torres Strait Islander Songs

  • Just don't invite Cyril for a group hug - unless you want your balls fettling.

    The Sunday Cyril: "What is Nye Bevan" Jeannie

  • 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

    Physiotherapy

  • 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

    Archive 2008-05-01

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