settling

noun
set·​tling | \ ˈset-liŋ How to pronounce settling (audio) , ˈse-tᵊl-iŋ\

Definition of settling

: sediment, dregs usually used in plural

Examples of settling in a Sentence

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But a key event was the restoration of another masterpiece, and the settling of a question that had divided art historians for decades. Quanta Magazine, "Using Mathematics to Repair a Masterpiece," 29 Sep. 2016 Some 3 million Venezuelans have left since 2015, with 1.2 million settling in Colombia. Manuel Rueda, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Cucuta, Colombia — The gateway into Venezuela," 4 Feb. 2019 The skull belongs to a woman, now nicknamed Luzia, who died in a cave in southeastern Brazil early in the history of the settling of the Americas. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient skull found among debris in burned Brazilian museum," 25 Oct. 2018 Reynal said the prosecutions there are a form of political score settling by the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party, which took control of the state in 2013. Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, "Wife of former Mexican official sentenced to 10 months in prison for fraud," 11 Jan. 2018 By the time three of its eight stories were completed, the tower’s uneven settling became noticeable. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Scientists may have solved the mystery of why the leaning tower of Pisa hasn’t fallen down during an earthquake," 11 May 2018 More than 6 million Syrians have fled their homeland, most settling in overburdened regional host countries such as Jordan. Washington Post, "Supreme Court’s nod to travel ban heightens refugee worries," 27 June 2018 In addition to sea-level rise, the loss of natural barriers and land subsidence — a gradual settling or sudden sinking of the Earth's surface because of underground movement of soil, rock and other materials — also contributes to flooding. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "‘Clear-sky’ flooding worsens across U.S. as sea levels rise, report says," 6 June 2018 Mound the soil to allow for the settling and decomposition of the mulch/soil below. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: How to control a leafminer attack," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of settling

1594, in the meaning defined above

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