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Definition of settlement:

  1. A colony newly established; a place or region newly settled; as, settlement in the West.
  2. A disposition of property for the benefit of some person or persons, usually through the medium of trustees, and for the benefit of a wife, children, or other relatives; jointure granted to a wife, or the act of granting it.
  3. A settled place of abode; residence; a right growing out of residence; legal residence or establishment of a person in a particular parish or town, which entitles him to maintenance if a pauper, and subjects the parish or town to his support.
  4. Bestowal, or giving possession, under legal sanction; the act of giving or conferring anything in a formal and permanent manner.
  5. Establishment in life, in business, condition, etc.; ordination or installation as pastor.
  6. Fractures or dislocations caused by settlement.
  7. Matter that subsides; settlings; sediment; lees; dregs.
  8. That which is bestowed formally and permanently; the sum secured to a person; especially, a jointure made to a woman at her marriage; also, in the United States, a sum of money or other property formerly granted to a pastor in additional to his salary.
  9. That which settles, or is settled, established, or fixed.
  10. The act of peopling, or state of being peopled; act of planting, as a colony; colonization; occupation by settlers; as, the settlement of a new country.
  11. The act of setting, or the state of being settled.
  12. The act or process of adjusting or determining; composure of doubts or differences; pacification; liquidation of accounts; arrangement; adjustment; as, settlement of a controversy, of accounts, etc.
  13. The gradual sinking of a building, whether by the yielding of the ground under the foundation, or by the compression of the joints or the material.


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