from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Sediment; dregs.

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  • n. Plural form of settling.

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  • n. sediment that has settled at the bottom of a liquid


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  • When the liquid begins to simmer slightly, and just before it fairly boils, all the scum is removed by means of a long-handled skimmer, and is emptied into the pan with the "settlings," and both these are afterwards utilized in the manufacture of vinegar.

    The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 3, March, 1886 Bay State Monthly Volume 4, No. 3, March, 1886

  • And though I have trusted her since I had 'settlings' and all that, it has always been with a certain reserve.

    Selections from the Letters of Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury to Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • A bitter divorce ensued, and it was reported that Mr. Cleese paid $20.6 million in cash and assets to Ms. Faye during divorce settlings.

    Monty Python and the Holy Sale: Cleese Hands Ex UES Fawlty Tower

  • I've seen that in many other settlings where people have been displaced.

    CNN Transcript Jan 17, 2010

  • Of their work — patrolling the roads, settlings disputes, standing in at the assizes, prosecuting criminals — the work that is their duty according to the law of the land, this work the reeves of Argent Hall have given up.

    Spirit Gate

  • As they do every year the city is digging out our settlings ponds next to my house so the water will drain efficiently to our water table.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • The memoir indulges in gossip about everyone from Garbo to Frederico Fellini to the assassins of JFK, and there's a few last-minute score settlings with the late Randy Shilts of the "San Francisco Chronicle" and Fred Kaplan who recently wrote a bad and inaccurate biography of Vidal.

    Gore Vidal

  • I have some old papers that want copying and settlings, and you shall sit here and do that just for an employment.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • When her mother came in the whole business of hand pats and solicitous settlings began all over again, until, it seemed to the girl, he had arranged some sort of mood and anticipation in them that would make whatever he intended to do more enjoyable to him.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • The walls seemed to breathe with the settlings of wood, and small, halfheard sounds beyond the corridor suggested the secretive burrowings of animals underground.

    Dragonfly in Amber


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